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Bengals Bytes (1/11): Looking for the formula

The Bengals are looking for the right combination of assistant coaches to help bring back that winning formula to Cincinnati.

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Utes assistant coach Jim Harding reportedly interviews with Bengals for offensive line job
The Utes could be in danger of losing assistant head coach and offensive line coach Jim Harding to the NFL, according to a report from the Sporting News. Sporting News NFL columnist Alex Marvez reported that the Cincinnati Bengals have interviewed Harding for their offensive line coach position.

Cincinnati Bengals: Was Bringing Marvin Lewis Back The Right Decision?
For the last month or so of the 2017 season, it seemed all but assured that longtime Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis would be headed out the door. Turns out all those rumors were moot. Rather than having his time with the Bengals come to a close, Lewis has instead been given a two-year extension to stay as the head coach for Cincinnati through the 2019 season. So, what happened?

Fact or fiction: Mike Brown doesn't care about the fans?
It's uncomfortable territory to try to determine how people feel. Yet, with the connection between fans and ownership being strained as it is right now, this complaint surfaced often. There is no way to prove feelings. We can only go by the actions taken. One aspect of Brown known to be true is he cares about this football team and winning more than anything.

Who Dey notes: Bengals look for the formula, A.J. Green nixes Pro Bowl
The 2018 offseason for the Cincinnati Bengals is underway and things are starting to take shape. Of course, the biggest shocker to most fans was the re-signing of head coach Marvin Lewis to a deal that keeps him around through 2019. Hopefully, that has a few stipulations woven into the fine print. Maybe Mike Brown has the option of pulling the plug if things go terribly wrong. But, we’re talkin’ Mikey Boy. That ain’t gonna happen.

TDBH: Bengals get a Tiger in O-line coach Johnson
One of Bengals founder Paul’s Brown’s most significant hires is one of the first when he lures an old, respected foe today to become his first offensive line coach. Bill Johnson, who got the nickname “Tiger,” during his nine tenacious seasons in the ‘40s and ‘50s as the center of the 49ers, leaves San Francisco to join Brown’s expansion team after 11 seasons of coaching his old club’s line. “Having Johnson on our staff really adds something to the Bengals,” says Brown, preparing for this week’s expansion draft.

AFC North Bytes

Baltimore Ravens: Fans Crave Honesty in "State of the Ravens" Address
As we round up the 2nd full week of offseason woes in Baltimore, one has to be looking forward to the 2018 edition of the “State of the Ravens” address by Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh & Dick Cass. Worth noting right off the bat, is the lapsed time for this presser to be held: last year, the Ravens waited only 9 days following the end of the season, while the previous year they gave fans less than a week until they addressed the media & fans with retrospect on the past season, and a look ahead to the next season.

Pilot Flying J execs trashed Cleveland Browns fans; used racial slurs in reference to black players
Earlier on Wednesday, we learned a limited portion of recordings containing a group of former Pilot Flying J executives using racial slurs and making disparaging remarks about the Cleveland Browns had been released in court, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Jamie Satterfield. Per Satterfield, the executives, including former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood, who is currently standing trial on wire fraud and mail fraud conspiracy charges, could be heard listening to a country song by David Allen Coe titled "N---er F----r" while making racially charged statements.

Le'Veon Bell Says Steelers Need to Capitalize on Window to Win Super Bowl
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell wants his team to make the most of its playoff appearance this season, because the Steelers' Super Bowl window won't be open forever. "We understand we have a great group here," Bell said, per's Jeremy Fowler. "We don't know if everybody is going to be back or if we're going to be that special next year. The time that we do have, we have to make it all count. Everybody in this locker room understands that, so we have to go out there and do it."

Random Bytes

Blake Bortles on Critics Ripping His Play: 'It'll Probably Never Stop'
Blake Bortles brushed aside his critics in advance of Sunday's AFC Divisional Round game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "It'll probably never stop," the fourth-year quarterback said Wednesday, per's Michael DiRocco. "There's people that think LeBron James sucks, so if that happens I'm sure there will be a lot of people that always think I suck."

Bill O'Brien, Texans Reportedly Negotiating Contract Extension
The Houston Texans are reportedly negotiating a contract extension with head coach Bill O'Brien. According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, the Texans are aiming "to have O'Brien's extension wrapped up" by the time they finalize a deal with Brian Gaine, who is expected to become the Texans' new general manager.

Fritz Pollard Alliance Urges NFL to Investigate Raiders' Rooney Rule Compliance
The Oakland Raiders hired Jon Gruden to be their new head coach, but they might not have satisfied the Rooney Rule in good faith. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes diversity in NFL coaching and executive positions, has called on the NFL to investigate the Raiders' compliance with the Rooney Rule, per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe

How former NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin is fighting to turn Baltimore schools’ heat back on
A day with Aaron Maybin in the wake of his viral moment that helped give Baltimore school kids heat in the middle of winter.