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Bengals Bytes (1/19): Paying the price

The price taxpayers have had to pay for Paul Brown Stadium is staggering, but could the Bengals still manage to be the butt of the joke? A look at how every team still alive has had some luck.

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Bengals hire 3 position coaches, bring back Coyle
The Cincinnati Bengals and head coach Marvin Lewis, who were knocked out of the first round of the playoffs for the fifth straight season on Jan. 9, have overhauled the coaching staff over the last week.

Four ways the Bengals-Steelers rivalry left its mark on 2015 season
Although it officially dates back to November 1970, the rivalry between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers took a few explosive turns in 2015, contributing to perhaps the most hate-filled series in professional football. If there was any doubt about the hatred these teams had for each other, that doubt faded after three intense meetings. Penalties, pregame scuffles, postgame tweets and a playoff meeting defined the games between the longtime foes. With both teams' seasons now over, we look back at four ways their rivalry affected the 2015 season

Lewis welcomes most experienced staff
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis moved quickly to fill his coaching vacancies and when the dust cleared Monday he had the most experienced staff of his 14 seasons in Cincinnati. It’s believed that Lewis is on the verge of announcing new coaches for quality control on offense and an assistant in the secondary, but over the weekend and Monday he finalized deals for two former NFL coordinators and a 21-year NFL veteran to coach three positions. That came on the heels of Friday’s signing of linebackers coach Jim Haslett, a former defensive coordinator for four teams.

The staggering taxpayer costs of Paul Brown Stadium
Via Amansa Seitz of WCPO.com, the taxpayers in Hamilton County, Ohio already have coughed up $920 million for Paul Brown Stadium, which opened in 2000. With the county beginning to foot the bill for some of the team’s game-day operating expenses in 2017 (to the tune of $2.7 million per year and growing) along with other expenses will put the total cost to $1.1 billion through 2026, when the lease with the team expires.

Betty White takes jab at Marvin Lewis
Betty White, who turned 94-years-old on Sunday, stole the show during FOX's NFL Sunday pregame show.  White was featured with Rob Riggle and Joel McHale in an ad for Bandwagon.net during the "Riggle's Picks" segment. The segment shows the former Golden Girl talking on the phone to Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.

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