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Bengals Bytes (1/2): No hurry to decide Marvin Lewis’ future

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Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown don’t seem to be in any hurry to decide whether Lewis will be back as the head coach next season. Buffalo Bills fans are still flooding Andy Dalton’s charity to thank him for getting the Bills into the playoffs.

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Report: Bengals QB AJ McCarron grievance date set for Feb. 15
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Bengals assistants “stuck in limbo” waiting for Marvin Lewis
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis got through his meeting without owner Mike Brown yesterday without a resolution. Which is one thing for Lewis, since he has a bit more control of the situation and more options.

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, owner Mike Brown seem to be in no hurry to decide future of coaching staff
Even though Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and his assistants have expiring contracts, no decision had been made as of Monday morning regarding whether Lewis will return to Cincinnati for a 16th season. Although Lewis acknowledged there was some urgency to move quickly, it appears he and Bengals owner Mike Brown will continue to have more discussions before a decision is made.

Buffalo Bills fans thank Andy Dalton with donations to his charity
A spike in donations to the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation came from the most unlikely source on Monday morning. Dalton's 49-yard touchdown throw to Tyler Boyd in a fourth-and-12 situation on Sunday night not only sealed a win against the Ravens to knock them out of the playoffs, but it also secured the Bills' first playoff berth since 1999.

TDBH: Bengals set tone for ’05 with rout of resting Eagles as Chad, Rudi hit numbers
The Bengals do what they’re supposed to do in today’s season finale against an Eagles team that is the top seed in the NFC playoffs and goes on vacation a week before its bye. Cincinnati engineers a 38-10 rout by taking advantage of an Eagles offense without MVP candidate Donovan McNabb and shoddy special teams play to produce five turnovers and a bevy of single-season club records. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis completes his second straight 8-8 season by leading his team to its most victories in back-to-back seasons since 1989-90 and objects to the notion the Bengals take advantage of the Eagles not playing their stars. "Neither did Carson Palmer, Richie Braham, Tony Williams, Nate Webster, I could go on and on," says Lewis, who could add Peter Warrick among his own missing starters.

Lewis News Conference Transcript 1/1
I would like to take the time to wrap up the season. As I told the guys going into the game, there were a couple things we needed to get done. Winning the takeaway margin in our series with the Ravens, that seems to be very important. Obviously, Darqueze (Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard) turned (a takeaway) into a touchdown. Being effective in the running game (was also a key). We didn’t get it sustained as much as we would like, but I thought that was going to be important. And then coverage on the other side of the ball — don’t allow an explosive play, which I thought the guys did a good job of. We did excellent on third down in the first part of the game defensively, but then fell off in the second half.

Bengals Player Moves 1/1
The Bengals today signed nine players to Reserve/Future contracts. They will not count on the team’s active list until Feb. 5, the Monday after the Super Bowl. All nine players finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

Lewis in discussions to stay
In a matter of 15 days Marvin Lewis has gone from stepping away as head coach of the Bengals to discussing how a possible 16th season could succeed after meeting Monday with the club’s family management team headed by club president Mike Brown. So much for published reports in the Misinformation Age.

The wild ending to Week 17 in NFL, and why parity is alive and well
Entering the day, ESPN's Football Power Index rated the Ravens' chances of making the playoffs at 97 percent. All they had to do was beat the Bengals at home, and even if they didn't do that, all they'd need was for the Titans to lose to the Jaguars or the Bills to lose in Miami. Ravens fans slipped into their old Ray Lewis jerseys Sunday morning with a high degree of confidence. I mean, 97 percent, right?

AFC North Bytes

Did the Browns set up a winless QB room to tank, or were they just stupid?
When Jimmy Haslam virtually blamed the 0-16 season on the quarterback room being “too young,” you had to believe he was merely repeating the thought of new General Manager John Dorsey. After all, if Haslam or his previous football experts had felt the same, they wouldn’t have gone into the 2017 season with not a single quarterback who’d ever won an NFL game, and only two with a handful of NFL game experience. It was the dumbest idea in the history of football.

Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 31-27 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals
The postgame locker room was utterly despondent. Linebacker Terrell Suggs called it the most devastating regular-season defeat in his 15-year career. Safety Tony Jefferson was near tears. A few players made half-hearted comments about looking to the future, but as they processed a third straight year with no playoffs, it was clear that close was nowhere near good enough.

Cardinals request permission to interview Mike Munchak for head coach
Less than 5 hours after publishing an article about how no Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coaches were being sought after for potential head coaching vacancies, a couple things happened. Bruce Arians retired from his post with the Arizona Cardinals...and reports are now stating Steelers’ offensive line coach Mike Munchak is on their list of potential candidates.

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NFL1000: Ranking the Top Quarterbacks from 2017 Season
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If Jon Gruden Really Is Back, So Are the True Raiders
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