Morning Bites (1/13): Bengals links and news

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Taking a look at the stories around the internet concerning the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL at large.

Bengals 2013 season report card
Joe Reedy closes out the 2013 season with the final report card, where he grades each phase of the team for the effort of the entire season.

Comparing Hue Jackson's play-calling to Jay Gruden's
Now that he has officially taken over as the Cincinnati Bengals' new offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson has vowed to help get the team back to a physical, run-filled brand of football.

Jackson puts hand, Bengals offense on the ground
Hue Jackson says he and Andy Dalton are going to be joined at the hip.

To the front of the room
Kyle Caskey took another big assignment this week when he got his first job as an NFL position coach as new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson's successor at running backs coach.

Ranking every Bengal who played a snap in 2013
Trying to rank a roster from top to bottom can be a difficult task, but for the second straight year we take it on. The criteria was simple - rank is determined by priority of most valuable along with playing time and their value to the team during the year.

5 questions facing the Bengals
The offseason came earlier than expected for the Bengals but with more questions than last year. One was answered on Friday as Hue Jackson took over for Jay Gruden at offensive coordinator.

Marvin Lewis, Hue Jackson Press Conference Transcript
Hue Jackson: "You have to be able to run the football, in my mind, to win football games."

N.F.L. Explores New TV Deal - NYTimes.com
The N.F.L. is looking to sell six to eight of the 13 games it carries Thursday nights on NFL Network to one of its existing broadcast or cable partners — CBS, Fox, NBC or ESPN — or TNT, which once carried games.

Seahawks won’t sell NFC Championship tickets to fans from California
Are you a 49ers (or Seahawks) fan in California hoping to see the NFC Championship game in person next Sunday at CenturyLink Field? Good luck finding a ticket.

Michael Vick would consider playing for Atlanta again
In the football history of Michael Vick, there's generally one important line: before he was arrested for his part in a dogfighting ring and after.

2013 NFL playoffs -- Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers mocks Cam Newton's 'Superman' pose
Colin Kaepernick did his best Cam Newton impression during Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game, mocking the Carolina Panthers quarterback's post-touchdown "Superman" pose.

Seattle Seahawks fans generated earthquake on Marshawn Lynch TD run
Seismologists say Seahawks fans shook the ground under Seattle's CenturyLink Field during Saturday's defeat of the New Orleans Saints, causing another fan-generated earthquake.

Popular NFL-backed Heads Up tackling method questioned by former players
The Katy Youth Football league plays its annual championship games in a 10,000-seat stadium. Based outside of Houston, the league boasts 58 teams and more than 1,600 players, including 6-year-olds who wobble comically under 3-pound helmets before crashing into each other and falling down.

NFL divisional round sets up must-see AFC, NFC title games
The NFL's four divisional-round games might have felt somewhat flat compared to the close contests and thrilling finishes we saw for the most part in the wild-card round, but you can blame the dominance of the Seahawks, Patriots, 49ers and Broncos for that. The cream rose this weekend in the NFL, and the four favorites all flexed their muscles and won as expected.

Peyton Manning, Tom Brady: Making the Extraordinary Look Routine
This will be the seventh divisional playoff weekend that has featured Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. At 36 and 37, respectively, both men rank among the best ever at their position and are amazingly still improving.

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