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Bengals Bytes (1/22): The anti T.O.

The Bengals' coaching staff has gotten quite a bit more experience this offseason. Tyler Eifert topped Rob Gronkowski in a few areas this season. The quarterbacks who have thrown to Larry Fitzgerald share their thoughts on his career.

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Defensive staff lines up experience blitz
When the defensive meeting room underwent the biggest facelift of Marvin Lewis’ 14 seasons as head coach of the Bengals this past week, he and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther eschewed some nips and tucks and opted for a few sags and bags to end up with Lewis’ most experienced defensive staff when it comes to seasons in the NFL.

Former Bengals OC Hue Jackson named one of PFWA's top assistants
Hue Jackson is a head coach now, but he was recognized Thursday for his work this past season as the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator. The Pro Football Writers of America named Jackson their co-assistant coach of the year along with Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

Cincinnati Bengals make more coaching moves
The Cincinnati Bengals continued to fill out their coaching staff Thursday when they promoted one coach and hired two more. Robert Livingston, who was tabbed the team's defensive quality control/special teams assistant just one year ago, was reassigned to the role of assistant defensive backs coach, filling a vacancy left by co-defensive backs coach Mark Carrier. Last week, both secondary coaching jobs came open when Carrier left the team and Vance Joseph went to Miami to become the Dolphins' new defensive coordinator.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert topped Rob Gronkowski in TDs, despite injuries
With the offseason now here for the Cincinnati Bengals, we're taking a daily look at a few statistics that either defined the past season, or went overlooked during it. On Thursday, we highlight the following number: 13

Notes: Bengals add more coaches, Jackson honored
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis continued to shuffle his coaching staff Thursday, announcing two new hires and re-assignment of current assistant coach Robert Livingston. Livingston, a defensive quality control coach and special teams assistant last season, now will help Kevin Coyle in the secondary as an assistant defensive backs coach.

Bengals coaching staff undergoes significant change
The Bengals already have a different look as they try to dig out of their latest playoff flop, with a new offensive coordinator and four different position coaches. In a few weeks, free agency will start reshaping the roster. An offseason of significant change has started already in Cincinnati.

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Ranking the most valuable units for Patriots, Broncos, Cardinals and Panthers
The top two seeds in each of the NFL’s conferences will face off in this weekend’s championship games, making it very difficult to find a clear favorite in either matchup. With the help of PFF grades, however, we took our best shot at ranking all 16 units in the title-game round (passing offense, rushing offense, pass defense and run defense for each team) to see where the biggest advantages can be found.

Jen Welter offers Kathryn Smith advice on coaching in NFL
The first woman to serve as an NFL position coach has some advice for the Kathryn Smith, whom the Buffalo Bills this week hired as the league's first female full-time assistant coach. "Be open and help where you can, but really learn a lot," said Jen Welter, who last summer coached inside linebackers for the Arizona Cardinals during training camp.

Darius Fleming disappointed his tale of heroism was doubted
Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming didn't seek any attention when he suffered a cut on his leg while pulling a woman out of her car following a highway crash. But he got some attention, and not all of it was positive.

The Greatness of Larry Fitzgerald, as Seen Through the Eyes of His QBs
With each passing year, each game, each reception, the greatness of Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald becomes clearer.  The YouTube catches and the scrapbook seasons just keep stacking one on top of the other, made all the more impressive when you consider the number of different quarterbacks he's had to work with. Some have been exceptional passers—like Carson Palmer, who he'll be teaming with in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, and Kurt Warner, who threw Fitzgerald two touchdowns in the 2008 Super Bowl. Others haven't.