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|Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:56 am Post subject: Neither team practiced Monday
|During the first day of Bengals minicamp Christian Kirk Youth Jersey , the offense ran through new plays.
A day later, some of them were gone.
Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor decided they didn't look as good on the field as they did in his overhauled play book.
"You keep moving, keep evolving," Lazor said Wednesday before practice. "That's what we're in the process of doing."
Cincinnati's offense is a work in progress, a year after it finished last in the league for the first time in franchise history.
Lazor was elevated to interim coordinator after Ken Zampese was fired two games into the season. He's been retained and given discretion to redesign the playbook.
Players say the terminology and some of the play designs have changed significantly. Fans and the rest of the league won't start noticing the differences until the season begins. For now, the staff is trying to get the offense into a final form.
Lazor decided on a major overhaul after the Bengals' 7-9 finish, their second straight losing season. The offense was bad all-around, with Andy Dalton getting little time to throw and the running backs finding little room to run behind a struggling offense line.
"I don't know if we have enough time to talk about what didn't go the way we wanted," Lazor said. "We've got to focus on the now."
One emphasis in minicamp is setting a standard for practice and encouraging players to hold each other accountable.
"We just keep putting it in front of them: This is our standard," Lazor said "This is what we want to establish and what we expect in practice, and continue to put it on the players to help hold each other accountable. To me Terrelle Pryor Sr. Color Rush Jersey , the greatest thing we've done as a group right now is set the standard."
Lazor has noticed a different atmosphere since the new playbook was installed.
"I think it got a lot of the players' attention, just got people going," he said.
SOCCER FEVER: Defensive end Carlos Dunlap was delighted to hear that North America won the bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Dunlap grew up playing soccer and basketball in South Carolina 鈥?his mother didn't allow him to become a football player until eighth grade 鈥?and he's attended FC Cincinnati games.
Dunlap is excited about the possibility of attending a World Cup game.
"I've tossed it around many times, going over there to see World Cup because the energy they have at their games and stadiums is second to none 鈥?unless it's us against the Pittsburgh Steelers, or the Florida Gators against Georgia in the Cocktail Party," said Dunlap, who attended Florida. "It rivals those."
STILL NO EIFERT: Tight end Tyler Eifert missed a second straight day of practice because of an undisclosed injury. He wasn't available in the open locker room period, and coach Marvin Lewis declined to provide any specifics. Eifert was on the field in a jersey, but didn't have a helmet or participate in drills. Eifert signed an incentive-laden, one-year deal after being limited to two games last season because of chronic back problems.
DALLAS — When the Philadelphia Flyers meet the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center, one team will be looking to inch closer to clinching a playoff spot and the other is simply dying for a win to end a historically long losing streak.
The Flyers (38-25-13) Kyle Schwarber Jersey , who occupy the first wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and look to return to the postseason after a one-year absence, clearly fit well within the first category.
Philadelphia is 19-12-7 on the road after losing 5-4 in overtime at Pittsburgh on Sunday, a game where the Flyers got a goal and two assists from Jordan Weal and two assists from Shayne Gostisbehere.
“I thought we played a good hockey game,” Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said after the OT loss. “We got another point. I think that’s our last five or six games getting points. We just got to keep pushing forward, keep playing well. Now we got to turn the page and go into Dallas.”
The Flyers are 13-11-4 against the Western Conference and 5-5-2 against the Central Division.
One of those five victories against the Central came against Dallas in Philadelphia on Dec. 16, when the Flyers edged the Stars 2-1 in overtime.
Philadelphia continues to be led by captain Claude Giroux with 65 assists and 91 points, the second time in his career he has eclipsed 90 points.
Giroux had a career-best 93 points in 77 games for the Flyers in 2011-12 and could be poised for the first 100-point season of his career. He also has had success against Dallas in a limited sample size with nine assists and 12 points in 14 career games.
Dallas (38-30-8, 84 points) dropped its eighth straight game with a 4-1 loss to Vancouver on Sunday.
The Stars are now 24-12-3 at home but haven’t won since March 9, when they defeated the Anaheim Ducks 2-1.
In March, Dallas is 2-7-4, has been outscored 45-27 (-18 goal differential) and has scored three or more goals only three times.
“We have to pick our heels up and get back at it and see if we can piece some good part of our game Jorge De La Rosa Jersey ,” Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said after Sunday’s loss to Vancouver. “I don’t think there is one part of our game right now that is exceptional. We have to find a way to regroup here.”
The skid is Dallas’ longest since the franchise relocated from Minnesota in 1993, an ironic fact considering the Stars have been commemorating their 25th season in the Lone Star State.
With six games to play, including just two more at home, Dallas sits five points behind St. Louis for the second and final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Sunday’s loss dropped the Stars’ playoff chances to 3.2 percent, but Dallas defenseman John Klingberg, who is second among NHL defenseman with 61 points, isn’t quite ready to give up the fight.
“We have six more games,” Klingberg said. “If we play perfect, then maybe we have a chance, it will be tough, but we have to stay professional and try to do it.”
After Sunday’s loss Vinny Curry Jersey Elite , Hitchcock said he wasn’t looking at giving backup goaltender Mike McKenna, a 34-year-old journeyman with 22 games of NHL experience, a start in favor of Kari Lehtonen, who has struggled since starter Ben Bishop went down with a knee injury during Dallas’ recent winless six-game road trip.
However, any other changes are on the table per the Dallas coach.
“I think we have to look at everything and I think we have to look at the energy. We have to look at everything,” Hitchcock said.
Neither team practiced Monday.
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