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Super Bowl LVI: NFC Pool Reports By Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY Columnist

Jarrett Bell, a long time friend to ZENNIE62MEDIA, INC., is the NFC Pool Reporter for Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. Here are two of his most recent entries from Friday and Saturday of this week leading up to the game pitting the “visiting” Los Angeles Rams against the “home” Cincinnati Bengals (in truth, it’s the reverse).

The AFC Pool Reports are written by Nicki Jhabvala, of The Washington Post

Saturday NFC Pool Report
Los Angeles Rams Practice
Feb. 12, 2022
By Jarrett Bell, USA Today Sports
Pro Football Writers of America

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A 22-minute walk-through on Saturday marked the final on-field preparations for the Los Angeles Rams in advance of Super Bowl LVI.

As usual, Rams coach Sean McVay was upbeat…and eager. He was pleased with the mindset of his players as the challenge against the Cincinnati Bengals loomed.

“We’re very confident,” McVay said. “We’re ready to go. Then we’ve just got to play great in that window that we’ve got. There’s a good look in their eyes. I think there’s a good urgency, but also I just have a good feel about this team. I feel excited to watch them go and do their thing.”

After the walk-through at their team headquarters was conducted in jerseys and shorts, the Rams changed into Super Bowl LVI warm-up suits and lined up on risers for a team photo. The picture went off without a hitch.

Also: There were no last-minute changes on the team’s injury report.

The Rams were due to sequester on Saturday night at the same hotel used during the regular season, with the typical meetings and team meals on the agenda. McVay wasn’t worried about potential distractions affecting players on the eve of the big game.

“I feel good,” he said. “These guys are locked in for the task at hand. I feel good about the leadership of our group. They understand what a great opportunity they’ve earned. I think they’re going to go and play well tomorrow.”

Cincinnati Bengals Saturday Pool Report

Saturday AFC Pool Report
Cincinnati Bengals Practice
Feb. 12, 2022
By Nicki Jhabvala, Washington Post
Pro Football Writers of America

The Cincinnati Bengals closed out their week of Super Bowl preparation with a brief walkthrough at Drake Stadium on Saturday morning, followed by a trip to Inglewood for team photos at SoFi Stadium.

For about 40 minutes, the team reviewed special teams and held some non-contact team periods, with players dressed in T-shirts and shorts. 

“Just our final wrap-up, nothing major,” Coach Zac Taylor said as he quickly walked off the field. “Just part of our routine.”

Taylor added that there are no changes to players’ game statuses; C.J. Uzomah was listed as questionable to play, but Taylor said Friday that he expects the tight end to play in Super Bowl LVI.

The team elevated defensive tackle Mike Daniels and receiver Trent Taylor from the practice squad for the game.

For the past two weeks, the Bengals have refined and reviewed their game plan against the Los Angeles Rams, first at the University of Cincinnati and then on the campus of UCLA. With their hotel in Los Angeles only a 5-minute walk from their practice field, the Bengals have maintained a pre-game schedule that nearly mirrors their routine ahead of regular-season games. 

After the morning walkthrough, the team boarded buses to head south to SoFi, where they dressed in their black jerseys and white pants for team photos. The group sat in the first row of the stands above a digital banner that read “#RULETHEJUNGLE.” Taylor and team owner Mike Brown sat at the center of the first row and were flanked by the coordinators, receiver Ja’Marr Chase and quarterback Joe Burrow. 

Players and coaches scattered on the field for smaller group photos, soaking in the moment and the view beneath SoFi’s grand Infinity screen while weaving around grounds crew members who were painting the NFL shield and Super Bowl LVI logos at center field. 

The Bengals were scheduled to have some down time Saturday afternoon before wrapping it up with 7:30 p.m. meetings. 

Next stop: Super Bowl LVI.

“Guys are locked in and ready to go,” Taylor said.

Friday NFC Pool Report

Los Angeles Rams Practice

Feb. 11, 2022

By Jarrett Bell, USA Today Sports

Pro Football Writers of America

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Sean McVay has no “Fast Friday” update on his nerves as the clock ticks toward Super Bowl LVI.

“I don’t know until it gets closer,” the Los Angeles Rams coach said when asked about his anxieties after a crisp walk-through and mini-practice session on Friday.

“Here’s what I’d say: The players, the stillness, the calmness that they have, the confidence in their preparation, I feel really good. I’m excited to be able to go watch these guys compete to the best of their ability. As coaches, we’ll try to be poised, make good decisions and that’s all we’re going to do. And we’re going to enjoy the moment.”

McVay was typically upbeat after his team spent one hour, 40 minutes on the field. As is the case during the course of the season, the Rams went through the non-padded regimen tabbed “Fast Friday,” which began with a walk-though and ended with up-tempo reps on both practice fields.

“We just kind of tightened up, went over any little last-minute reminders and a couple of little situational things,” McVay said. “Our guys did a good job with that.”

Following the walk-through portion, the team gathered on one field for a group stretching period as Tupac’s classic “California Love” tune blared in the background.

On the injury front, McVay said that tackle Joe Noteboom (chest) and tight end Tyler Higbee (knee) would be placed on injured reserve. The move was expected for Higbee, who hasn’t practiced since being injured in the NFC title game. Noteboom practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday, but was a non-participant on Friday.

There were no setbacks for running back Darrell Henderson, Jr. and defensive linemen Sebastian Joseph-Day. McVay said both will be activated from IR. “They’ll be ready to go,” the coach added.

Friday’s work was conducted under balmy, 82-degree conditions. The wind that was problematic earlier in the week, forcing McVay to move practice to the Rose Bowl on Thursday, was not a factor and barely noticeable.

“Nice!” McVay said. “The weather cooperated with us. Everything is coming together at the right time.”

With the final hours leading up to the matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in the wind, McVay summed up the theme to his players as follows:

“Do your last little preparation, but trust your preparation,” he said. “Trust your process. Trust yourself and your teammates. Understand that we have a little time until kickoff. It’s great to be a little excited about it, but just be in the moment.”

Cincinnati Bengals Friday Pool Report

Friday AFC Pool Report

Cincinnati Bengals Practice

Feb. 11, 2022

By Nicki Jhabvala, Washington Post

Pro Football Writers of America

LOS ANGELES — The Cincinnati Bengals ended their final practice ahead of Super Bowl LVI the same way they ended practices during the season: with red-zone work.

For the majority of their final workout Friday at Drake Stadium on the campus of UCLA, the Bengals stayed inside the 20-yard line as Joe Burrow threw darts to his receivers and his tight ends. Then they tacked on some special teams work before calling it with a huddle at midfield.

“Just trying to follow our routine the best we can in the season,” Coach Zac Taylor said. “That’s the routine our guys know. We finish with red zone and then we have about 50 hours until kickoff and it’s mental from here.”

Friday’s workout — a lighter and shorter workout — was one of the Bengals’ last tuneups before the team heads to SoFi Stadium on Sunday morning. And after two weeks of installing the game plan and refining it through meetings and practices, Taylor is confident his team is focused and prepared.

So confident that he believes these last two weeks of practices, that started at the University of Cincinnati and ended here in L.A., have been two of their finest all season.

“I feel great,” he said. “I feel like they’ve been focused on the right things. The only important thing is winning this game and feeling like we got out of these practices in a really good spot.”

Part of Taylor’s confidence is due to the team’s health. Tight end C.J. Uzomah practiced for the second consecutive day and is on track to play Sunday, Taylor said. Everyone else on the roster is good to go. 

The Bengals scheduled their workouts this week in the middle of the day, at peak heat. Friday, the temperature was in the high 80s once again, giving them a glimpse of the projected forecast for Sunday.

But until then, the Bengals plan to mostly rest and review the game plan a couple more times until kickoff.

Players had afternoon meetings scheduled following in-person media availability at the Drake Stadium on Friday afternoon. Then on Saturday, the team has a morning walkthrough before heading down to SoFi Stadium for team photos.

Taylor said the team will have a final review of the game-plan in the evening.

Stay tuned.

Super Bowl LVI: Saturday Pool Reports

Saturday NFC Pool Report

Los Angeles Rams Practice

Feb. 12, 2022

By Jarrett Bell, USA Today Sports

Pro Football Writers of America

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A 22-minute walk-through on Saturday marked the final on-field preparations for the Los Angeles Rams in advance of Super Bowl LVI.

As usual, Rams coach Sean McVay was upbeat…and eager. He was pleased with the mindset of his players as the challenge against the Cincinnati Bengals loomed.

“We’re very confident,” McVay said. “We’re ready to go. Then we’ve just got to play great in that window that we’ve got. There’s a good look in their eyes. I think there’s a good urgency, but also I just have a good feel about this team. I feel excited to watch them go and do their thing.”

After the walk-through at their team headquarters was conducted in jerseys and shorts, the Rams changed into Super Bowl LVI warm-up suits and lined up on risers for a team photo. The picture went off without a hitch.

Also: There were no last-minute changes on the team’s injury report.

The Rams were due to sequester on Saturday night at the same hotel used during the regular season, with the typical meetings and team meals on the agenda. McVay wasn’t worried about potential distractions affecting players on the eve of the big game.

“I feel good,” he said. “These guys are locked in for the task at hand. I feel good about the leadership of our group. They understand what a great opportunity they’ve earned. I think they’re going to go and play well tomorrow.”

Stay tuned.

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