Morning Bites (1/8) NFL, Bengals news and notes

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The stories of interest for the NFL and the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday.

Bengals' Andy Dalton, 49ers' Colin Kaepernick and the 2011 NFL draft
CINCINNATI -- As he made what might later be construed as a last-lap media tour here, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden wrapped up a busy Monday of interviews by appearing on a local radio show.

When To Punt On Your Quarterback
Bill Polian, Herm Edwards and Tedy Bruschi discuss the process of deciding whether a team should keep its quarterback or get rid of him.

Andrew Whitworth on Beyond the Stripes
Andrew Whitworth on Cincinnati.com Sports Beyond the Stripes with Paul Daugherty presented by: JosephAuto.com from the Moerlein Lager House.

The Walkthrough: Top 5 Pleasant Surprises
So much of our time and effort the last 48 hours has been focused on the negative aspect of the 2013 season, specifically when viewed through the lens of pass/fail. The Bengals season fell short of where they hoped it would go. They laid another playoff egg and have to deal with the criticism that comes with it.

Video: Boomer and Gunnar Esiason on HBO’s Real Sports
Boomer Esiason and Frank Deford talk about their special bond — as fathers of children with cystic fibrosis — on HBO’s "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" Jan. 21.

Draft class presents interesting QB alternatives for Bengals
Which begs the obvious question, is there any quarterback in this year’s class the Bengals should consider as Dalton’s replacement? Here are the top quarterback prospects potentially available in May’s draft:

Who’s in charge of the Redskins?
The problems facing the new coach of the Washington Redskins have been well-documented. He will have an owner who hasn’t had much success winning or keeping a coach, a roster filled with players either too young or too old to succeed, and a front office trying to sell him before he has even been hired.

What would a larger playoff look like? | Q
The NFL is considering adding a seventh team to each conference of the playoffs. Is this a good idea?

Saints coach Sean Payton had the Seahawks’ logo painted on the practice field
After edging past the Philadelphia Eagles by a field goal, the New Orleans Saints will hit the road again for the NFC divisional round, visiting the 13-3 Seahawks this Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

Jeff Ireland out as Miami Dolphins GM
Jeff Ireland is out as the Miami Dolphins' general manager. The team announced Tuesday it has mutually agreed to part ways with Ireland, who had been a controversial figure since being named GM in 2008.

How to beat Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
There appear to be two versions of the Seattle Seahawks in the public consciousness. There is the juggernaut that has gone 18-3 in its last 21 regular-season games and is nearly unbeatable at home. That Seahawks team has one of the best young quarterbacks in Russell Wilson, a dominant running back in Marshawn Lynch and a defense that can shut down — nay, embarrass — any offense it faces.

The Week in Overreactions: Silver lining to Chiefs choke job
Skepticism about Gruden's play-calling skills peaked following Dalton's Sunday meltdown, but the reality is this: A coach is only as good as his franchise quarterback. And as is stands, the Bengals don't have one. Which explains the maddening inconsistency from Dalton, even with A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Jermaine Gresham, Giovani Bernard, Mohamed Sanu, and a talented offensive line.

2014 NFL Draft: A&M's Manziel set for NFL decision
Two record-breaking seasons at Texas A&M propel Johnny Manziel toward the 2014 NFL Draft pool. He is widely expected to make it official Wednesday, and NFLDraftScout.com evaluations project the 2012 Heisman winner as a top-10 pick.

US Patent and Trademark Office deems 'Redskins' derogatory
The US Patent Office has rejected a request from a company that wants to sell pork rinds called 'Redskins Hog Rinds' because it considered the term 'derogatory slang.'

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