Mike Brown (American football executive)
Michael Brown is an American football executive and the owner of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League, a position he has held since 1991. The son of Bengals co-founder and original coach of the Cleveland Browns, Paul Brown, he joined the Bengals upon their founding in 1968 and assumed ownership of the team after his father's death. Brown's ownership has been criticized for a lack of on-field success, his refusal to cede football operations to a general manager, the team's relationship with Hamilton County before and after a voter-approved tax increase to fund Paul Brown Stadium. Brown is the only living son of Paul Brown, his brother, was the Senior Vice-President of Bengals' player personnel until his death in 2017. His older brother, died of cancer in 1978. Brown graduated from Dartmouth College in 1957, where he played quarterback for their football team, from Harvard Law School in 1959. In an unusual meeting between future sports owners, eventual New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner hired him to a summer job as a deck hand for Kinsman Marine Transit Company.
Brown followed his father into football management. Paul Brown founded the Bengals an American Football League team, in 1968, he began his executive duties with the Bengals as assistant general manager. Along with personnel decisions, he was a spokesman for the team on issues of league rules and team policy. Brown assumed ownership responsibilities upon his father's death in August 1991 and has remained in the ownership position since, his first significant move as owner was to fire popular coach Sam Wyche after the 1991 season. Days Brown hired Dave Shula to be head coach, making Shula the second youngest NFL head coach in history and making Dave and Don Shula the first father-son to lead different NFL teams in the same year. Going into 1993, Brown sought to negotiate a new lease with Cincinnati to keep the Bengals in the city. Brown rejected advances from other cities to discuss moving the team. By 1995, he felt Riverfront Stadium's small seating capacity and lack of luxury boxes hindered the Bengals' success.
In 1995, he announced that Cincinnati had breached its lease agreement when it was late by one week in paying $167,000 in concession receipts. He threatened to move the team to Baltimore if Cincinnati or Hamilton County would not fund a new stadium; the leverage of this threat proved successful as Cincinnati’s City Council and the Hamilton County Commissioners opted to fund the new Paul Brown Stadium with a proposed county sales tax increase, which needed voter approval. In 1996, Hamilton County voters passed a one-half percent sales tax increase to fund the building of a new facility for the Bengals and a second new facility for the Major League Baseball Cincinnati Reds; the Bengals filed suit against the County for the right to manage it in 2000. County commissioners agreed to let a Bengals' subsidiary run the stadium, it opened that year. In 2007, Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the NFL, the Bengals and the other 31 NFL teams. Portune felt, among other things, that published revenues from 1995-1999 contradicted Brown's claims of financial distress.
The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners was substituted as the plaintiff in the case. Fans supporting Portune cite what they feel is the broken promise that the Bengals would "be more competitive" with a new stadium; the Bengals have had only seven winning seasons out of 16. Rick Eckstein, co-author of "Public Dollars, Private Stadiums," describes the Hamilton County arrangement as "the single most lopsided stadium deal since 1993" and questions Bob Bedinghaus' role with the team after having been County Commissioner when the deal was reached. A 2008 Forbes survey suggests the team's rankings in direct revenues have dropped since the stadium's construction; the Bengals have requested that the County extend the lease for the stadium for 20 years, while Portune maintains his criticisms of the original agreement. Since Brown became owner, the team has had 7 winning seasons out of 27 and has a winning percentage of.414 in the regular season and.000 in the playoffs. In 2008, the Bengals set a record for the most games needed under one specific owner to attain 100 wins.
In 2010, the team set a record for the fewest games needed to lose 200 under one specific owner. The Bengals hold a number of distinctions for the time frame of Brown's ownership: It is the only team with three nine-game-or-more losing streaks, it holds six of the twenty-five 0-6 starts and four of the thirteen 0-8 starts in that time. The Bengals have gone winless in October nine different times in twenty-two years under five different head coaches; the most successful coach during Mike Brown's tenure is Marvin Lewis, the only head coach under Brown to have winning seasons, playoff appearances, division titles, an overall winning record at 131-129-3. All seven of the Bengals postseason appearances under Lewis, ended in first-round losses. In 2009 Yahoo sports ranked Mike Brown as the second worst owner in the NFL. In addition to being majority owner, Brown is considered the Bengals' de facto general manager as well, he is one of two NFL owners who have eit
Carson Hilton Palmer is a former American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at USC and won the Heisman Trophy in 2002; the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, Palmer was chosen by the Bengals, for whom he played eight seasons. During his tenure in Cincinnati, he helped lead the team to its first winning season and playoff appearance in 15 years and was named to two Pro Bowls. Amid declining success and conflicts with Bengals ownership, Palmer was traded to the Oakland Raiders, where he played for two seasons before joining Arizona via another trade. With the Cardinals, Palmer continued his run of dependable but injury-plagued steadiness under center, he enjoyed his most successful year in 2015, aiding the Cardinals in their advancement to the NFC Championship game, being named to his third Pro Bowl, in addition to being a second-team All-Pro. Palmer retired following the 2017 regular season after spending much of the league year on injured reserve.
Palmer was born in California. By the time he was in seventh grade, Palmer had remarkable arm strength for his age, his father, Bill Palmer, enrolled him in private classes in Orange County, where he was taught by quarterback guru Bob Johnson. He went on to attend Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California. At Santa Margarita High School, he would play on their high school football team; as the quarterback on the freshman team, Palmer was so good that members of the varsity team would halt practices to watch him play. After a successful stint as a starter his junior year, Palmer started to field offers from USC, Notre Dame, Colorado and San Diego State, he followed up a stellar junior season with a remarkable senior season, cementing himself as one of the most touted players to come out of Santa Margarita Catholic High School. In his senior season, he led Orange County with a 203.9 quarterback rating. He was named to the first-team all-league and All-CIF despite suffering a stress fracture in his right foot.
Palmer finished his High School career with 2 straight CIF championships. Palmer entered the University of Southern California in 1998, where he played for head coach Paul Hackett the first three years of his college career, he began the season as a back-up to Mike Van Raaphorst. They split time throughout the first 8 games, with Palmer coming in during the second half; the Trojans' season opener was played against Purdue. Palmer only went 3-of-6 and 79 passing yards; the next week, he came in at quarterback during the third quarter and threw his first career touchdown pass while playing against San Diego State. In week 4, he played the entire second half in a 30–10 loss to the number-10 Florida State, he bounced back the next week in a comeback win against Arizona State, finishing the game with 4 completions for 69 yards and a touchdown. In the week-8 match-up with Oregon, he came in sporadically but finished the game with a season-high 10/19 completions for 179 yards. After losing to Oregon, Palmer got his first career start the next week against Washington, making him the first true freshman quarterback to start for USC since Rob Johnson in 1991.
He finished the game with 18/31 completions, 279 passing yards, 1 touchdown. He continued as the starter the next week, racking up 19-of-26 completions, 203 yards, a touchdown in a win against Stanford. In week 11, Palmer started against number 3 UCLA. Although his team lost, he had a career-high 28/43 completions, 252 yards, 1 passing touchdown; the Trojans won 10–0 against #9 Notre Dame in their regular season finale, with Palmer finishing with 14/32 completions, 188 passing yards, his first career rushing touchdown. Palmer started his first career bowl game against TCU in the Sun Bowl, he was sacked 6 times and completed 17-of-28 passes, 280 passing yards, 1 touchdown. He ended his freshman season with 130 completions, 235 attempts, 1,755 passing yards, 116 rushing yards, 7 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, a rushing touchdown. Going into his sophomore year in 1999, he was named the starting quarterback of the Trojans; the season opener was against Palmer played in a little more than two quarters.
He finished the game with 14/16 completions, 167 passing yards, 1 touchdown pass, a 9-yard rushing touchdown. The next week against San Diego State he completed 16/24 passes for 188 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. On September 25, Palmer started the game against Oregon. Before halftime, he broke his collarbone while scrambling for a 3-yard gain; this injury ended his season. In only three games he had 39/53 completions, 490 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, a single rushing touchdown; the NCAA let him use his redshirt, although he had played in 3 games. After being sidelined for the last 11 months, Palmer returned to his starting role in 2000, he made his return in week 1 against #22 Penn State, going for 10/20 completions for 87 yards and an interception. The following game, Palmer led the Trojans 72-yards down the field with 1:14 left in the fourth quarter; this set up the game-winning field goal against Colorado, putting USC up 17–14. He threw for 25/30, 275 passing yards, a touchdown.
The next week he led another comeback win against San Jose State, bringing USC back from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Palmer ended the game with 22/38 completions, a career-high 338 passing yards, 2 touchdowns. After 5 consecutive losses, he started in week 10 ag
T. J. Johnson (American football)
Anthony Eugene Johnson is an American football center, a free agent. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, he played college football at the University of South Carolina and attended Aynor High School in Aynor, South Carolina. Johnson played high school football for the Aynor High School Blue Jackets, he was named. He played in the 71st-annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and was named to the All-Atlantic Region team by PrepStar magazine. Johnson played for the South Carolina Gamecocks from 2009 to 2012, he was redshirted in 2008. He earned Freshman All-SEC honors in 2009, he was selected to the second-team on Phil Steele's 2012 Midseason All-SEC teams. He was a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. Johnson started a school record 53 games over his four seasons at the University of South Carolina, he played in the East–West Shrine Game following his senior season. Johnson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 251st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
He signed with the Bengals on May 8, 2013. He was released by the Bengals on August 31 and signed to the team's practice squad on September 1, he was signed to a futures contract by the Bengals on January 6, 2014. He made his NFL debut on September 2014 against the Tennessee Titans. On March 7, 2017, the Bengals extended a restricted free agent tender on Johnson. On March 17, 2017, Johnson signed a two-year contract with the Bengals, he played in 13 games with four starts at right guard before suffering a pectoral injury. He was placed on injured reserve on December 16, 2017. On September 1, 2018, Johnson was released by the Bengals. NFL Draft Scout Media related to T. J. Johnson at Wikimedia Commons
National Football League
The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference. The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, the highest professional level of American football in the world; the NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, held in the first Sunday in February, is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC; the NFL was formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association before renaming itself the National Football League for the 1922 season. The NFL agreed to merge with the American Football League in 1966, the first Super Bowl was held at the end of that season. Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance of any professional sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States.
The Super Bowl is among the biggest club sporting events in the world and individual Super Bowl games account for many of the most watched television programs in American history, all occupying the Nielsen's Top 5 tally of the all-time most watched U. S. television broadcasts by 2015. The NFL's executive officer is the commissioner; the players in the league belong to the National Football League Players Association. The team with the most NFL championships is the Green Bay Packers with thirteen; the current NFL champions are the New England Patriots, who defeated the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII for their sixth Super Bowl championship. On August 20, 1920, a meeting was held by representatives of the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Triangles at the Jordan and Hupmobile auto showroom in Canton, Ohio; this meeting resulted in the formation of the American Professional Football Conference, a group who, according to the Canton Evening Repository, intended to "raise the standard of professional football in every way possible, to eliminate bidding for players between rival clubs and to secure cooperation in the formation of schedules".
Another meeting was held on September 17, 1920 with representatives from teams from four states-Akron, Canton and Dayton from Ohio. The league was renamed to the American Professional Football Association; the league elected Jim Thorpe as its first president, consisted of 14 teams. The Massillon Tigers from Massillon, Ohio was at the September 17 meeting, but did not field a team in 1920. Only two of these teams, the Decatur Staleys and the Chicago Cardinals, remain. Although the league did not maintain official standings for its 1920 inaugural season and teams played schedules that included non-league opponents, the APFA awarded the Akron Pros the championship by virtue of their 8–0–3 record; the first event occurred on September 26, 1920 when the Rock Island Independents defeated the non-league St. Paul Ideals 48–0 at Douglas Park. On October 3, 1920, the first full week of league play occurred; the following season resulted in the Chicago Staleys controversially winning the title over the Buffalo All-Americans.
On June 24, 1922, the APFA changed its name to the National Football League. In 1932, the season ended with the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans tied for first in the league standings. At the time, teams were ranked on a single table and the team with the highest winning percentage at the end of the season was declared the champion; this method had been used since the league's creation in 1920, but no situation had been encountered where two teams were tied for first. The league determined that a playoff game between Chicago and Portsmouth was needed to decide the league's champion; the teams were scheduled to play the playoff game a regular season game that would count towards the regular season standings, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, but a combination of heavy snow and extreme cold forced the game to be moved indoors to Chicago Stadium, which did not have a regulation-size football field. Playing with altered rules to accommodate the smaller playing field, the Bears won the game 9–0 and thus won the championship.
Fan interest in the de facto championship game led the NFL, beginning in 1933, to split into two divisions with a championship game to be played between the division champions. The 1934 season marked the first of 12 seasons in which African Americans were absent from the league; the de facto ban was rescinded in 1946, following public pressure and coinciding with the removal of a similar ban in Major League Baseball. The NFL was always the foremost pro
Michael Zimmer is an American football head coach. He is the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League, he was a defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys. In high school, Zimmer was a successful multi-sport athlete who earned all-conference honors in football and wrestling at Lockport Township High School in Lockport, Illinois, he enrolled at Illinois State University. He played quarterback in 1974, but he redshirted the following year and moved to linebacker in 1976 after breaking his thumb. A neck injury prematurely ended his playing career that same year, his college teammates were positively influenced by his "up" attitude during hot August pre-season double workouts. He backed up quarterback Bob Lopez in 1974, who went on to set many of Illinois State's passing records. Zimmer's first coaching job was as a part-time defensive assistant at the University of Missouri from 1979–1980, he coached at Weber State College from 1981-1988, serving as the inside linebackers coach from 1981–84, the defensive backs coach from 1985–88, the defensive coordinator from 1983–88.
From 1989-1993, Zimmer served as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Washington State Cougars. In 1993, the Cougars defense ranked eighth in the nation in total defense and second in rushing defense, he joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1994 as an assistant coach of the nickel defense under Barry Switzer. He was promoted to defensive backs coach in 1995 and served in that capacity before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2000; the 2003 Dallas Cowboys defense gave up the fewest yards in the NFL while running an aggressive, speedy 4-3 defense. Despite the Cowboys' problems over the years, Zimmer survived several coaching changes and was rumored to have been a candidate for the head coaching job at the University of Nebraska. In 2005, he implemented the 3-4 defense favored by head coach Bill Parcells, although Zimmer had no prior experience with it; when Bobby Petrino was hired to coach the Atlanta Falcons early in 2007, Mike Zimmer agreed to become the new defensive coordinator in Atlanta.
Zimmer coached in Atlanta for only one season after Petrino left the Falcons for the University of Arkansas after thirteen games. Zimmer has been outspoken against Petrino after Petrino's unexpected departure from Atlanta in 2007. Zimmer was named the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals on January 15, 2008. In 2009, Zimmer earned NFL Assistant Coach of the Year honors from Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers and from CBSSports.com, after guiding the Bengals to the 4th ranked defense in the league. In 2011, the Bengals finished with the 7th ranked defense in total yards and 9th ranked defense in points allowed. In 2012, the Bengals finished with the 6th ranked defense in total yards and 8th ranked defense in points allowed, prompting the Cleveland Browns to interview Zimmer for their head coaching vacancy; the Browns hired former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski on January 11, 2013. On January 15, 2014, Zimmer earned his first head coaching position when the Minnesota Vikings hired him to replace Leslie Frazier.
Zimmer is the 9th head coach in Viking history. Zimmer earned his first win as the Vikings Head Coach on September 7, 2014 against the St. Louis Rams with a score of 34-6, he ended his first year with a record of 7 wins and 9 losses, an improvement over the 2013 record of 5-10-1, the best record for a first year head coach in the Minnesota Vikings franchise since Dennis Green in 1992. In 2015, Zimmer improved on his 2014 record by ending the season with a record of 11-5 and winning the NFC North, ending Green Bay's streak of four consecutive division titles and giving the Vikings their first since 2009. At TCF Bank Stadium, the Vikings lost the wild-card playoff round to the Seattle Seahawks 10–9 while playing in subzero temperatures and the third-coldest game in NFL history. On July 28, 2016, Zimmer signed a contract extension with the Vikings. Terms of the contract are not disclosed. Zimmer suffered a detached retina during the October 31, 2016 Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears.
On a windy night at Soldier Field, the edge of Zimmer's playcard, laminated, blew into his eye. Zimmer underwent emergency eye surgery on November 30, 2016 forcing him to miss the Vikings' Thursday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys. Special teams coach. Zimmer finished the 2016 NFL season with a record of 8-8 and the Vikings failed to make the playoffs. In 2017, Zimmer led the Vikings to one of the greatest seasons in franchise history; the Vikings finished 13-3, tallying the seventh-best regular season record in franchise history in terms of win percentage, the second best 16 game regular season record in franchise history. Only the 1998 Vikings hold a better record at 15-1. On September 9, 2018, Zimmer became the 4th head coach in Minnesota Vikings history to get 40 wins. Zimmer finished the 2018 NFL season with a record of 8-7-1 and the Vikings failed to make the playoffs. On February 27, 2019, the Vikings exercised their option to keep Zimmer through 2020. Before Week 13 of the 2016 season against the Dallas Cowboys, Zimmer had emergency eye surgery and was unable to coach the Vikings that week.
How the Vikings have fared in games with Zimmer as head coach: Notable head coaches under whom Zimmer has served: Mike Price: Weber State, Washington State Barry Switzer: Dallas Cowboys Bill Parcells: Dallas Cowboys Marvin Lewis: Cincinnati Bengals Assistants under Zimmer w
Cobi Hamilton is an American football wide receiver, a free agent. He played college football at Arkansas, he was considered one of the top wide receiver prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft, was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the draft. Hamilton has been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts. Hamilton attended Texas High School in Texarkana, where he set the Tigers’ single-season receiving yardage record as a senior with 64 receptions for 1,071 yards and 14 touchdowns, he was all-district and all-area in his career and he was named the All-Northeast Texas Offensive Player of the Year. As a junior, he had 29 receptions for seven touchdowns, he was a high school teammate of former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett. Hamilton was a standout athlete for the Texas High School track team, he finished fourth in the 200 meters at the AAU National Junior Olympics, with a time of 21.41 seconds.
He finished 4th in the 100 meters at the 2009 Region II-4A Championships, with a career-best time of 10.60 seconds. He ran for the Arkansas track team, he ran a personal best of 21.09 in the 200 meter. Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the No.63 wide receiver in the nation. He accepted a scholarship offer from Arkansas over offers from Oklahoma State and Texas. Hamilton attended the University of Arkansas from 2009 to 2012; as a senior, he was an All-SEC selection after recording 90 receptions for 1,335 yards and five touchdowns. The receptions and yards were school records. On September 22, 2012, he set an SEC record for receiving yards in a game with 303, he finished his career with 175 receptions for 18 touchdowns. Hamilton was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. On May 10, 2013, the Bengals signed him to a four-year, $2.25 million contract. Hamilton was on the Bengals' practice squad for the entirety of his rookie season, he started his second season on the Bengals' practice squad.
On September 10, 2014, Hamilton was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad. On October 6, 2014, the Philadelphia Eagles released Hamilton. On October 13, 2014, the Cincinnati Bengals resigned Hamilton. On December 24, 2014, he was promoted to the 53-man roster. On July 30, 2015, he was waived by the Bengals. On August 1, 2015, Hamilton was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins. On September 5, 2015, he was released by the Dolphins; the Carolina Panthers signed Hamilton to a futures contract on January 12, 2016. On July 25, 2016, Hamilton was released by the Panthers. On August 5, 2016, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Hamilton to a one-year, $460,000 contract. On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Steelers as part of final roster cuts; the next day he was signed to the Steeler's practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on October 15, 2016, a day caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger, his first in the NFL, during a 15-30 loss to the Miami Dolphins, it was his first career start and he finished with two receptions for 36 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The following week, he earned his second consecutive start and caught three passes for 36 receiving yards in a 16-27 loss to the New England Patriots. In the season finale against the Cleveland Browns, he caught the game-winning touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Landry Jones to win in overtime and finished the game with three receptions for 54 receiving yards and a touchdown. Hamilton was the Pittsburgh Steeler's sixth wide receiver on their depth chart throughout the season, behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Eli Rogers, he finished the season with 17 receptions, 234 receiving yards, two touchdowns in 11 games. Hamilton had five kick returns for 83-yards and made one tackle on kickoff coverage. On January 26, 2017, Hamilton was re-signed to a one-year deal by the Steelers. Hamilton entered training camp in 2017 competing with Sammie Coates, Juju Smith-Schuster, Justin Hunter, Marcus Tucker, Eli Rogers, Darrius Heyward-Bey for a backup wide receiver position.
On September 2, 2017, Hamilton was waived by the Steelers. On September 18, 2017, Hamilton was signed to the Houston Texans' practice squad, he was promoted to the active roster on November 22, 2017. On March 21, 2018, Hamilton was waived by the Texans. On March 22, 2018, Hamilton was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals, he was waived on June 14, 2018. On August 20, 2018, Hamilton signed with the Indianapolis Colts, he was waived on September 1, 2018. Arkansas Razorbacks bio Media related to Cobi Hamilton at Wikimedia Commons