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[2020] Cincinnati Bengals Trade Press Conference

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GM DangerZoneh, HC ajyoungmark, and CB Aaron Stiles all take their seats.

 

DangerZoneh: "As most of you have heard by now, we're holding this press conference to formally announce our trade with the New Orleans Saints and welcome Aaron Stiles to the Cincinnati Bengals. With Aaron we add an incredibly talented athlete who we're confident can physically make any play he's asked to. Cornerback is a tough position, though, especially in a league chock full of elite wide receivers, so he's going to need to continue to grow up. We believe we have the system for him to do so, and are incredibly excited about his future prospects with the franchise. We hope he and Blake can work together and lock down our secondary. We will now take any questions"

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acewulf of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

 

For either GM or HC

"What roles will Aaron be playing for your team for the rest of the season?"

 

To Aaron:

"What are your thoughts on starting this chapter of your career?"

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Just now, smckenz3 said:

Denver John - Huntington Post Gazette. 

 

Mr, Zoneh, what about Aaron's game made you interested in making him a Bengal?

 

As I said before, his athleticism is what really jumps off the charts at you. We've been watching him since his sophomore year at Tennessee, and he was actually one of the top guys on our board in 2019 before we traded up. On top of that, we loved his play making ability in college and hope to give him a chance to showcase it at the next level. We know he's had some struggles, but he was thrown to the wolves immediately and we've noticed in our experience that age can be more important than talent for this position."

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4 minutes ago, acewulf said:

acewulf of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

 

For either GM or HC

"What roles will Aaron be playing for your team for the rest of the season?"

 

To Aaron:

"What are your thoughts on starting this chapter of your career?"

I'll let AJ answer the first question, because he makes the decisions on that end the end.

 

Aaron Stiles: "I'm ready to get at it, really. I know it's gonna take some time but I want to prove myself out there on the field as soon as I can, man. This is a business and people make bets. The Saints bet on me and I let them down. Now the Bengals saw something in me even with everyone ready to call me a bust and I'm not letting another city down."

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The Saints had Gus Bradley as a Defensive Coordinator. Bradley is known as a secondary specialist, but Stiles has apparently struggled.

 

How do the Bengals see the future of Stiles in their scheme, given that they do not have the same boost for CBs, as the Saints did?

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7 hours ago, smokingcricket said:

The Saints had Gus Bradley as a Defensive Coordinator. Bradley is known as a secondary specialist, but Stiles has apparently struggled.

 

How do the Bengals see the future of Stiles in their scheme, given that they do not have the same boost for CBs, as the Saints did?

Gus is an excellent coach, especially when it comes to getting a lot out of his corners. But we still think we have a great scheme for Stiles to be able to hop in and perform. We've done a lot to simplify the scheme for our DBs, especially at corner. This has helped smooth over the transition from college to NFL for Blake Turner, and he's already showing incredible results on the field. We hope that Stiles can do the same and begin to grow alongside Turner. It also helps having a veteran presence in the secondary with Sisemore, and to an extent Celestian and Reed.

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14 hours ago, SageBow said:

Wes Rucker, 247 sports

 

"Aaron you left Tennessee early due to financial reasons. Do you have any regrets with leaving early? How have you matured over the past 2 years?"

 

Aaron Stiles: "Yeah I left because I needed the money for my family. I had my degree and I had people telling me I was gonna go top 10. I make the same decision every time. As hard as it was to leave my teammates at Tennessee, I wasn't gonna improve my stock and needed to cash out. I don't regret it. These past two years have been tough for me but it's been good for me. College got too easy and I got a big head but the league took care of that. I'm much more humbled now which is probably a good thing. Now I just need the edge back."

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