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Bengals Bytes (1/14): Marvin Lewis and his new staff will look to turn the Bengals around

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Marvin Lewis has spent the beginning of the offseason filling out his staff with new, talented coaches, but will it be enough to turn the Bengals around?

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Can Bob Bicknell help John Ross reach lofty DeSean Jackson comparisons?
Bob Bicknell joined the Cincinnati Bengals as wide receivers coach this offseason in large part for obvious reasons — getting to coach A.J. Green is one, as is reuniting with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. There’s also John Ross. Every coach has to love a challenge, which is what Ross presents for Bicknell. It’s probably his biggest hurdle and the one the league will look at when considering him for promotions in the future.

Teryl Austin can’t wait to work with Vontaze Burfict after arriving in Cincinnati
New Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin didn’t have any hesitation when asked about linebacker Vontaze Burfict — he can’t wait to run a defense led by No. 55. Austin arrives in Cincinnati as the man tasked with better molding the Bengals defense in the wake of Paul Guenther’s departure. Naturally, one of the first questions reporters threw his way pertained to Burfict.

Teryl Austin knew he had no chance to get Detroit Lions head coach job
Teryl Austin was the first of six people to interview for the Detroit Lions head coaching job after the season, but even he knew he didn't have much chance to get the job. "I interviewed in Detroit, but it probably wasn’t going to happen because of what happened to us as a staff," Austin said during the news conference to introduce him as Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator on Thursday.

Teryl Austin says Bengals move not about becoming a head coach
Marvin Lewis and Teryl Austin weren’t afraid to discuss the possibilities on Thursday during the introductory press conference for the new Bengals defensive coordinator. Austin, like most coaches in the NFL, aspires to be a head coach. No secret there. He’s interviewed nine times in the last three years.

Marvin Lewis can turn the Cincinnati Bengals around
The Cincinnati Bengals failed to impress this season. They looked lackluster, for the most part. And with every loss or bad performance, the finger pointed straight towards Marvin Lewis. However, despite back-to-back losing seasons, he could actually be the only one who can turn the franchise around quickly.

Frank Pollack seems like homerun hire for Bengals
The Bengals biggest need on their No. 32 ranked offense is on the offensive front. Over the last two seasons, Andy Dalton has been sacked 80 times and the Bengals have averaged less than four yards per carry. The offensive line’s woes can be traced back to misses in the NFL draft and free agency. Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher, the team’s first two picks in ’15, have not developed into starting NFL tackles after three seasons.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens 3 biggest needs this offseason
The Ravens offseason began earlier than expected, as they were eliminated from contention for the third year in a row with their loss against the Bengals in Week 17. There are many needs which should be addressed in free agency and the draft. The three positions which should receive the most attention

The Browns front office makeover means Hue Jackson is in the crosshairs
Considered a front office "rising star" while working at one of John Dorsey's previous NFL stops, he turned down another organization to try to help build the Browns into a contender. But enough about Ray Farmer. Turns out Farmer's legacy was not "singing from the same hymnal" as Mike Pettine but rather texting hymn revisions on Sundays.

Antonio Brown at walkthrough Saturday, teammates say he looks ready
If you were worried about whether or not Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver was going to play on Sunday you can breathe a little easier. NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala is reporting that Brown did go through the morning walkthrough and looks ready to go.

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Report: Texans Sign Bill O'Brien to 4-Year Contract, Name Brian Gaine GM
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien will return for the 2018 NFL season after reportedly reaching an agreement on a four-year contract extension. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported the deal was complete and also noted Houston finalized terms to make Brian Gaine its new general manager. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network added the coach and GM are both under contract through the 2022 campaign.

Brian Schottenheimer Reportedly Will Be Named Seahawks Offensive Coordinator
The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly set to name Brian Schottenheimer as their new offensive coordinator. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Schottenheimer is expected to get the job running Seattle's offense next season. Schefter noted Seahawks general manager John Schneider worked with Marty Schottenheimer with the Washington Redskins during the 2001 season.

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles prove doubters wrong
The feeling of disrespect was inescapable inside the walls of the Eagles' facility this week. There were signs placed all over the building drilling home the fact the team was being undervalued and overlooked, according to Philadelphia linebacker Nigel Bradham. Even the team janitor got into the act, telling reporters as they walked through the hall leading to the locker room, "It's us against the world, baby! They're counting us out!"