Friday, June 16, 2000


Johansen joins radio team

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Channel 12 sports anchor Brad Johansen and former Bengals player Dave Lapham will be the team's radio broadcast team for the 2000 season.

        Johansen will do his first year on Bengals radio, while Lapham is entering his 15th season as analyst for the broadcasts.

        Lapham, who played for the team from 1974-'83, has teamed with play-by-play announcers Phil Samp, Ken Broo, Paul Keels and Pete Arbogast.

        Johansen has called the Bengals preseason games for the past two seasons on Channel 12, WKRC-TV.

        The Bengals will be aired this season on radio stations WCKY-AM (All Sports 1360 Homer) and WOFX-FM (92.5).

        RODNEY'S BACK: Rodney Heath, a second-year pro and Western Hills High School graduate, will enter training camp as the backup to veteran Tom Carter at left cornerback.

        Heath said he wants to perfect his technique and continue to learn and improve.

        “A year helps me have more confidence,” he said. “I understand the system better.”

        Last season, he said, injuries in the Bengals' secondary forced him to play right corner, left corner and nickel back. He said the additions of veterans Carter and Darryl Williams (a free-agent signing from Seattle) will help to stabilize the secondary.

        “We're playing well now, and that's good,” he said, “but camp is when you earn your job.”

        HAPPY CAMPER: Coach Bruce Coslet has liked what he has seen this week during three days of voluntary camp.

        “It's good, real good,” Coslet said Thursday after the team finished its practice. The Bengals will practice four times next week, Tuesday through Friday, and won't meet again until training camp opens July 21 in Georgetown, Ky.

        Running backs, receivers and quarterbacks have had several rotations running plays.

        “We're giving (quarterback) Akili (Smith) every snap we can give him,” Coslet said. Veteran backup quarterback Scott Mitchell, he added, “has been sharp. He's doing good. He's a 10-year veteran. He throws the ball nice, real powerful.”

        Coslet declined to say who has caught his attention on the field. “It's kind of hard to stand out,” he said. “It's a teaching period. It's a team sport.”

        He also said players did a better job of running new plays and formations Thursday than they did Tuesday.


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