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The Bengals' initial depth chart features new starters at each of the LB positions. As expected, Rey Maualuga is making the move to MLB and has reportedly won the trust of teammates thus far. A career MLB before entering the NFL in 2009, Maualuga also says it's his natural spot. Recent signee Manny Lawson is stepping into Maualuga's vacated SLB role. He should be a strong contributor there but not much of a numbers producer. Former Raider Thomas Howard opens as the starting WLB. Keith Rivers appears to be headed for the PUP to begin the regular season as he recovers from wrist surgery. Howard once picked 6 passes in a season as Oakland's WLB and produced 95+ total tackles 3 times. He's at least intriguing. We'll have to see who's on the field in passing situations, though, which throws coverage specialist Brandon Johnson into the mix. 

Bengals owner Mike Brown concedes that QB Carson Palmer won't be part of the team this season.  He also confirmed that he has no plans to trade Palmer.  "I wish him well and he has retired. That is his choice," Brown said of Palmer.  “I’m not expecting him to be back. Carson signed a contract, he made a commitment. He gave us his word. We relied on his word and his commitment. We expected him to perform here. If he is going to walk away from his commitment we aren’t going to reward him for doing it.”  We're more convinced than ever that Palmer won't be playing football at all in 2011.  We just bumped him way down our rankings.

According to Bengals insider Geoff Hobson, the team is "taking Carson Palmer's threat to be traded or retire quite seriously and is kicking the tires on all kinds of options."  Those options include both the free-agent market and the NFL Draft.  With the 4th overall pick, Cincinnati should have a shot at either Auburn QB Cam Newton or Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert. 

The Bengals have hired Jay Gruden -- Jon's younger brother -- as their new OC.  Jay spent 7 seasons as Jon's offensive assistant in Tampa Bay, and more recently worked as the OC and HC of the UFL's Florida Tuskers.  He's expected to lead a run-oriented attack in Cincinnati this season.

The Bengals have fired OC Bob Bratkowski.  He's run the team's offense for the past 10 seasons, but the unit has disappointed of late, despite the addition of some big-name free-agents.  Some fresh blood should help here.  Rumors are already swirling that former Vikings HC Brad Childress could be brought on board to orchestrate the offense.

The Bengals fired defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan. This defense, a big staff fave last August, was one of 7 teams to score 3+ TDs on INTs, but they ranked 26th vs. the pass and was a sieve all season long.

The Cincinnati Bengals are still looking for a defensive coordinator to replace the fired Chuck Bresnahan. They really wanted Ravens DC Rex Ryan, who was also just fired... kind of. "Ryan, Baltimoreâ??s defensive coordinator the past three years, though fired along with head coach Brian Billick and Billickâ??s staff last week, remains under contract for one more year with the Ravens," writes the Cincy Enquirer. "If Ryan doesnâ??t land one of the top positions, word out of Baltimore is the Ravens will fit their new head coach with Ryan as defensive coordinator. Baltimore retains the right to refuse Ryan a lateral move to another team, especially a division rival such as the Bengals." Panthers DB coach Tim Lewis is another guy Cincy likes but Carolina won't let him interview with them.

Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph will miss week 6 after being suspended for 1 game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Looks like a first-strike thing, but he'll need to get his butt straightened out before Marvin Lewis flat cuts him. This is not the right time to be a pot-smoking Bengal, not after what they've been through. Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe looks great this Sunday.

The Cincinnati Bengals defense, one of our wildest Sleeper picks in recent years, actually smacked around the Ravens pretty good on Monday night. Maybe Marvin Lewis is getting through to these guys? They forced 6 turnovers (4 fumble recoveries) and collected 2 sacks, plus LB Landon Johnson scored on a fumble return. And what was 267-lb DE Robert Geathers doing back there diving for an interception? Baltimore was held to 3-of-13 on 3rd downs and overall were stymied for 13 offensive points. "We have the personnel, we have the people in place," said DE Justin Smith. A lot of you drafted this defense late as your 2nd unit in case they panned out as we hoped. They're off to a good start. The schedule is inviting with QBs Derek Anderson, Damon Huard, Chad Pennington (or Kellen Clemens), and J.P. Losman coming down the pike.

Bengals LB Rashad Jeanty had surgery on his lower left leg yesterday. The newly acquired Lemar Marshall (Redskins) will move into his spot until Jeanty recovers. Marshall, recently released by Washington as they decided to go younger with Rocky McIntosh, is a fine player. He tallied 79 solos, 2 sacks, and 4 INTs in 2005.

Coming Friday morning: Our official 2007 Sleeper List! We're finalizing the selections and putting the finishing touches on writeups. Yes, the Cincinnati Bengals defense made the list - and there will be more surprises, too. Don't miss it!

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