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Bengals Bytes (1/13): Miss him when he’s gone

One writer thinks Bengals’ fans will hate whatever trade the Bengals could get for AJ McCarron. Could the Browns move up in the draft and select first and second overall? The Rams have hired the youngest head coach in NFL history.

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Red alert for offense

At the end of his first season as Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is in the process of reviewing all 1,087 plays of the 2016 season. But it’s already clear what he’s going to end up emphasizing in the offseason. He's hoping the rise of rookie receivers like Tyler Boyd teaming with the return of healthy veterans solve the points puzzle.

Brown Family Receives Award for Dedication to Community Service

Bengals president Mike Brown and his family received the Pillar Award for Community Service’s Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award. The award recognizes a top executive for his or her passion toward philanthropy and honors the late Kent Clapp, CEO of Medical Mutual, who died in a 2008 plane crash.

Madden 2017: Dansby vs. LaFell

Karlos Dansby and Brandon LaFell challenged each other to a game of Madden 17 at the end of this season to test their off-the-field football capabilities. Dansby and LaFell stuck to their roots in choosing the teams that drafted them – Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers. Dansby was drafted by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. LaFell was drafted in the third round of the 2010 draft by the Panthers. Both players looked to swag out their teams on the field. As the home team, Dansby picked the Cardinals’ all-black alternative uniform, while LaFell went with the Panthers’ all-white uniform.

Another tree for Marvin Gardens

Suddenly, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is getting ready to play a quarter of the upcoming schedule against teams run by his former assistants. Vance Joseph became the fourth former Bengals assistant to currently serve as an NFL head coach earlier this week when he replaced Gary Kubiak in Denver. At 44, he’s the same age when Lewis took the job in Cincinnati and, like Lewis, he’s the first African-American head coach in franchise history.

Prosecutor wants to know how NFL handles latest arrest for Adam Jones of Cincinnati Bengals

An Ohio prosecutor told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he wants to know what punishment the NFL will hand Bengals cornerback Adam Jones before he decides how to proceed with a case against Jones. Jones faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, assault and obstructing official business, and a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance. All charges stem from a Jan. 3 arrest.

Doc: Bengals fans will lament McCarron trade

Nice to be back. Or as Keith Richards would say: Nice to be here. Nice to be anywhere. Is the national championship game over yet? Many minor things to get to today, after an 8-day sojourn to the warmth of the sun. Tough sledding here in Grayville. That said, it’s good to be home, and thanks to everyone who wished my father well. Much appreciated.

As Chargers bolt to LA, should Bengals fans worry?

The Chargers' move from San Diego to Los Angeles has some Bengals fans thinking: Could that happen to us? Paul Daugherty asked about a year ago as St. Louis was about to lose its NFL team, "What if the Bengals went away?"

AFC North Bytes

Joey Porter Assault Charges Dropped Following Arrest

The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday it will not be pursuing aggravated assault or resisting arrest charges against Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter.

Intriguing what-if: Browns trade to gain draft's top two picks

There's a way for the Cleveland Browns to own the draft and take a giant step forward in 2017. That would be to take a bunch of those extra draft picks they have now and use them to move up from the 12th spot to ... oh ... second.

Ravens secondary coach Leslie Frazier will be Bills' defensive coordinator

The Ravens are losing a solid defensive coach as the NFL coaching carousel continues to spin. Ravens secondary coach Leslie Frazier will become the new defensive coordinator for the Bills, as first reported by ESPN. Getting Frazier is a smart move by new Bills head coach Sean McDermott, who worked with Frazier when both were on the Eagles’ staff from 1999-2002.

Random Bytes

Sources: Mike & Mike's Greenberg is leaving for TV

The new television show will put an end to one of ESPN's longest-running and most successful radio programs. has learned via multiple sources that ESPN executives are moving forward with the plan to shift Mike Greenberg—one half of the long-running Mike & Mike radio show on ESPN Radio—into a new role as the lead host of a television show that would air in the mornings on ESPN. The new show will have elements of SportsCenter—which currently airs at that time—as well as a traditional morning show. It is expected to be based in New York City.

Media Draft Machine begins clamoring for Deshaun Watson to keep proving himself

With college football players ending their annual effort to entertain the nation for disproportionate compensation, the Media Draft Machine already has begun the process of cajoling those whose college careers have ended to continue to provide free entertainment.

Sean McVay to Rams making him the youngest Head Coach in NFL history

Former Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay has been named the new head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced Thursday.

Dez Bryant: “We’re not going to talk about the catch”

He still thinks he caught it. A lot of people do. But Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant desperately tried to leave his 2014 playoff was-it-or-wasn’t-it reception in the past, with a familiar foe coming in Sunday.