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Bengals Bytes (1/10): Solving for X

The Bengals never found a way to get going this season despite being healthy for most of it. The Browns’ plans of having continuity with coaching isn’t working out so well. Clemson finally did it. They finally made it to the big show and won it.

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Broncos firming up date to interview Vance Joseph early this week

The Broncos will continue their search for a head coach, firming up an interview with Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph this week, possibly Tuesday. Joseph will find familiarity in the process. He interviewed so well two years ago that the Broncos offered him their defensive coordinator's position, which the Bengals vetoed.

Bengals find healthy formula, but X factor remains elusive

The season has been done barely a week but the Bengals are getting good early vibes from their players on the mend and should have virtually every one in place when they report for voluntary workouts. With franchise wide receiver A.J. Green bowing out of the Pro Bowl, his hamstring figures to be ready when the Bengals are ready to take the field in late May. And with tight end Tyler Eifert not repeating his Pro Bowl accident of last January, he, too, is on course when organized team activities migrate to the field after his back surgery.

Dre Kirkpatrick Cincinnati Bengals' top defensive free agent

With the Bengals' 2016 season over, their focus now turns toward putting together their 2017 roster. Here's a look at the defensive players who could become free agents this March

AFC North Bytes

Le'Veon Bell Doesn't Just Want to Dominate the NFL. He Wants to Revolutionize It

When the going's good, Le'Veon Bell is leading a running back revolution. The way he waits…and waits…and waits for a lane to develop behind the line of scrimmage? Poetry in motion.

Report: Pep Hamilton leaving Browns for Michigan

Browns Associate Head Coach and Quarterbacks Coach Pep Hamilton is leaving for a similar role at the University of Michigan, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday. Hamilton coached under Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford before both eventually left for the NFL.

Ravens are expected to receive the fourth best compensatory draft pick for Osemele

The NFL parity pendulum swings back and forth. Last offseason, the Baltimore Ravens were unable to retain offensive guard Kelechi Osemele due to salary cap constraints. Now they are expected to receive the fourth best compensatory pick in the 2017 NFL draft in exchange for losing one of their best players to free agency.

Random Bytes

VIDEO: Should Reuben Foster have been flagged for targetting on Deshaun Watson?

The College Football Playoff national championship game is just underway, and already there may have been a slightly controversial non-call on the field.

Eagles bring in a cornerback from Canada

The Eagles have imported a cornerback from Canada for the second straight year. The team announced that they have signed Mitchell White to a reserve/future contract that will make him part of their 90-man roster this offseason.

Deshaun Watson Declares for 2017 NFL Draft

Life without quarterback Deshaun Watson will have to start now for the Clemson Tigers after the junior declared for the 2017 NFL draft just minutes after beating Alabama 35-31 in the CFP National Championship.

Jamaal Charles: I know I want to keep playing football

The Chiefs will face the Steelers on Sunday as they kick off this year’s playoff run. For the second straight year, they won’t have running back Jamaal Charles in the lineup to help the effort. Charles was placed on injured reserve during the regular season after needing arthroscopic surgeries on both knees a year after a torn ACL kept him out of Kansas City’s lineup.

Doug Marrone to Return as Jaguars HC

After serving as the Jacksonville Jaguars interim head coach for the final two games of the 2016 regular season, Doug Marrone was given the full-time job Monday. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news, and the Jaguars would later announce it.

Tom Coughlin Named Jaguars Executive VP of Football Operations

Tom Coughlin's NFL career isn't over after all. The former head coach has decided to join the Jacksonville Jaguars as executive vice president of football operations, the team announced on Monday. Coughlin will join newly hired head coach Doug Marrone. The pair and general manager Dave Caldwell will be under contract for the next three years, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Clemson Tigers, Dabo Swinney reach the dream of a national title

Really, a team coached by Dabo Swinney couldn't have won a national championship any other way. The Clemson coach's life story could have been written by Horatio Alger, the guy who invented the classic American success story, if Alger had a drawl and ever said, "Bring your own guts."