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Bengals Bytes (1/13): Marvin Lewis starts offseason by creating a talented coaching staff

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Marvin Lewis has created quite the talented coaching staff, and for the time being has silenced the critics.

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Bengals round out coaching staff
The most extensive overhaul of a coaching staff under Marvin Lewis is near completion. On Friday the team filled out the vast majority of the remaining spots with the biggest move the naming of Alex Van Pelt being as quarterbacks coach. Van Pelt comes to the Bengals after six years with the Packers and Aaron Rodgers.

Cincinnati Bengals Quietly Rebuilt a Quality Coaching Staff
However, one argument they can never make is that Lewis doesn’t recognize coaching talent. One of the major consistencies about his lengthy run in Cincy has been his ability to construct and reconstruct his staff with quality assistants year after year. Based on the recent results over the past few days, it appears that Lewis has done it yet again with a number of quality additions.

REPORT: Lions assistant following Teryl Austin to Cincinnati Bengals
NFL coaches build their staffs through shared connections, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that at least one Detroit Lions defensive assistant has followed ex-defensive coordinator Teryl Austin to the Cincinnati Bengals. WDFN reports assistant defensive line coach Matt Raich has left Detroit for Cincinnati, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press

It looks like Marvin Lewis is serious about Bengals winning
When the Cincinnati Bengals decided to bring Marvin Lewis back for another stint as head coach, the city was ready to riot. Not only were fans feeling cheated, they felt as though owner Mike Brown was playing the lazy role. Instead of taking on the task of searching for a new coach that would bring fresh ideas, he was…settling. But, in light of what’s been happening with the massive overhaul at Paul Brown Stadium, things could be changing. It may be the start of a new look for Lewis.

'You get whatever you want to get ...'
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis likes to open up his spring practices to college coaches and like safeties coach Robert Livingston says, “You get whatever you want to get out of it.” And it can work the other way as the Bengals have found out from a week in 2015. That’s when they began tracking a promising young college coach and Vance Joseph protégé named Daronte Jones and Friday they got out of it the Dolphins assistant secondary coach as their new cornerbacks coach in a film room re-union with Livingston. That should help make new defensive coordinator Tyrel Austin’s transition to the Bengals all that much easier since Jones is bringing back some Cincy principals he learned under Joseph in Miami. And when Joseph left for Denver, former Bengals linebackers coach Matt Burke succeeded him.

TDBH: Limping Bengals’ valiant Coliseum stand falls to Raiders in AFC semi
It is forever known as the “Curse of Bo,” game, but today’s 20-10 loss to the Raiders in an AFC divisional playoff stands as one of Bengals head coach and amateur magician Sam Wyche’s greatest acts. Despite a disappearing offensive line riddled with injuries and a flu bug that multiples to strike offensive stars Boomer Esiason and James Brooks, among others, Wyche nearly pulls a rabbit out of his playbook in a 10-10 game with 11: 49 left. But on third-and-20 Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder hits wide receiver Tim Brown for 26 yards and the Bengals never recover.

Van Pelt to coach Bengals QBs; Defensive staff complete
The Bengals hired an NFL veteran of the huddle and the sidelines Friday when they signed Alex Van Pelt to coach quarterbacks as offensive coordinator Bill Lazor continues his staff overhaul with the fourth change on that side of the ball. That includes Lazor taking over the job full-time after he was named coordinator two games into last season. But now Van Pelt is here to take over the quarterbacks duties Lazor also had.

Steady hand
Western P.A. lore is that Teryl Austin got the grad assistant job at Penn State without wearing socks in the interview that began his coaching career, but he had plenty of sock Thursday just in case when he brought a suit to begin his term as the Bengals defensive coordinator. So when head coach Marvin Lewis told him he planned to introduce him to the media while wearing sweats, Austin had to smile. He gratefully took a sweat top from Bengals equipment manager Adam Knollman and his new office neighbor completely understood.

AFC North Bytes

BALTIMORE: The Fall of the Ravens Empire. Will it Continue in 2018?
It was a happy ending that evening, but the Super Bowl 47 win, set in motion a gradual decaying of a winning franchise. It was then that the Ravens empire began to fall. Throughout the 2012 playoffs, Joe Flacco performed like he never had before or since. He was magnificent and for once, he carried the team on his back. Ever since he’s weighed upon the back of the organization with the league’s heaviest cap figure while performing like an average quarterback.

Kurt Warner Says Johnny Manziel Should Use CFL Opportunity to Make Return to NFL
Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner said former Cleveland Browns signal-caller Johnny Manziel should get another chance in the NFL if he succeeds in the Canadian Football League. On Friday, TMZ Sports provided comments from Warner, who passed along a personal message to his fellow QB: "[You] gotta just keep workin', keep playing—good luck to ya."

Injuries: Antonio Brown leaves practice with illness
Antonio Brown's calf is good to go. His immune system? Not so much. The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver was sent home from practice Friday with an illness, coach Mike Tomlin told reporters. Tomlin did say that Brown has "looked really good" this week in his return from a calf injury and said the move to send him home was strictly to avoid getting other teammates sick.

Random Bytes

Thomas Davis says 2018 will be his final year
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said this week that he expects to play a reduced role in the team’s defense during the 2018 season and he won’t wait around for that role to grow even smaller in 2019. Davis told Brooke Cersosimo of NFL Media that 2018 will be his final season as an NFL player.

Breaking down Cardinals, Colts, Giants, Lions coaching searches
It's been nearly two weeks since the regular season ended, and the coaching carousel remains at a standstill. Two jobs have been filled -- the Raiders by Jon Gruden and the Bears by Matt Nagy. And neither move led to a domino effect of creating other jobs to be filled. Thus, four head coaching jobs remain open and could be for a while depending on this weekend's results. Here is a snapshot of where things stand, based on discussions with several sources involved in these situations.

Reuben Foster Arrested for Possession of Marijuana in Alabama
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested in Alabama on Friday for possession of marijuana. Per Chris Biderman of Niners Wire, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office booked Foster on Friday and set his bond at $2,500. Foster failed a drug test at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine when his urine sample came back diluted. He attributed it to having food poisoning.