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Bengals Bytes (1/19): How the Bengals can make it to the Super Bowl next season

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Three ways the Bengals can make a quick turnaround and end up hoisting the Lombardi trophy at the end of next season.

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Three ways the Cincinnati Bengals can get to the Super Bowl in 2018
Marvin Lewis is back for two more years as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and his coaching staff is mostly set, so now the focus is turning toward 2018 with the Senior Bowl coming up at the end of the month and the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February, followed by free agency in mid-March. So, we took to the Internet to see what Bengals fans were wondering about.

Maybe there’s a good reason the Cowboys hired the Bengals’ former OL coach
There has been much consternation among Cowboys Nation about many of the coaching changes taking place in Dallas. One particular move that brought scrutiny was the hiring of long-time Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line coach Paul Alexander.

TDBH: Hot Bengals arrive in frozen Detroit for Super Bowl XVI
The 49ers arrive at their hotel yesterday in minus-8 degrees and are surprised by head coach Bill Walsh dressed as a bellhop taking their luggage. The Bengals arrive 24 hours later tonight in 10 degrees and head coach Forrest Gregg is wearing a no-nonsense tie six days from Super Bowl XVI when he denies a busload of media access to his players even though they have journeyed the 24 miles from NFL media headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. It may be the first northern Super Bowl ever, but since Gregg played in the very first one anywhere 15 years ago he’s not very impressed.

Lazor's new staff could bring some big changes
Bill Lazor’s early season promotion to Bengals offensive coordinator jolted the NFL’s careful routine so massively that strength coach Chip Morton put an exercise bike in his office because he didn’t even have time to get into the weight room to work out. Lazor didn’t even really have the two hours to take his stuff from the quarterbacks coach room into the offensive coordinator’s office. Until Thursday, four months after he called his first play in Green Bay.

TDBH:Boomer offers snapshot of future as media descends on Bengals in Super week
Tim Sullivan, The Cincinnati Enquirer’s workmanlike wordsmith, visits Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason’s media availability this morning with Super Bowl XXIII against the 49ers three days away at Joe Robbie Stadum. America can’t get enough of the 27-year-old Esiason this week. He’s blond, brash, and brilliant as the caretaker of Sam Wyche’s 21st century contraption known as the no huddle offense and the lethal lefty has the NFL MVP trophy to prove it. But today Esiason’s humility and honesty impress Sullivan when he shows up with a camera at the podium and asks the media types to smile.

AFC North Bytes

Josh Allen to Browns, Josh Rosen to Giants in 1st Mel Kiper 2018 NFL Mock Draft
While most expect the quarterback-needy Cleveland Browns to select a signal-caller No. 1 overall, Kiper threw something of a curveball by giving them Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen rather than USC's Sam Darnold. Kiper projected a quarterback to the New York Giants at No. 2 as well, giving them UCLA's Josh Rosen as a potential replacement for veteran Eli Manning.

These are the Steelers' top-five offseason needs
The Steelers had the offseason unexpectedly thrust upon them Sunday afternoon when the Jacksonville Jaguars thumped them and then dumped out of the playoffs.

Random Bytes

Will These Playoffs Change the Way NFL Teams Approach the QB Position?
Choker. Subpar. Trash. All of that has been publicly said about Blake Bortles this season. Others privately are no kinder, painting the Jaguars quarterback as the NFL version of a dumpster fire. Case Keenum and Nick Foles haven't received a ton of verbal bouquets from players, either.

Tom Brady Misses Practice with Hand Injury Ahead of AFC Championship Game
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not participate in Thursday's practice after injuring his hand during Wednesday's practice session. Brady was seen out on the field during the part of the session available to media but was listed by the team as a non-participant. As noted by Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Brady was wearing a glove on his throwing hand—something that is not standard practice for the MVP favorite.

Adam Butler on Jalen Ramsey's Super Bowl Guarantee: 'Back It Up'
New England Patriots defensive lineman Adam Butler said Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey made a "bold statement" by declaring the Jags would win the Super Bowl before they even faced the Pats in Sunday's AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Rich Cimini of ESPN.com passed along comments Butler made about the hot-button topic Wednesday.