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Mike Brown is hoping that Marvin Lewis and Bill Lazor will be able to bring some fresh coaching ideas next season to turn the Bengals around.

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BX: Examining Bengals' free agents: Who stays, who goes?
With estimations that the salary cap could rise another $10 million or more, once again the Bengals are in a position to re-sign some of their own free agents and extend those with one year left on their deals. The cap website overthecap.com is projecting a $178 million cap, which means the Bengals would have the 14th most cap space in the league at $36,986,799.

Bengals should treat 2018 like the real anniversary
The 2017 season was supposed to be a time of contentment and joy for Bengals fans. It was marked as the 50th anniversary of the franchise and there were supposed to be huge changes. In the minds of many faithful, that meant a turnaround from the past year and a renewing of the winning ways. Instead, the home team sputtered to a 7-9 mark, finishing a mere half game better than the prior year. With the massive overhaul that took place with Marvin Lewis’ rehiring, 2018 should be the real year of change.

Bengals owner Mike Brown on why Marvin Lewis is back as head coach
Sitting in his office overlooking the Ohio River, Cincinnati Bengals owner and president Mike Brown took time on Friday to speak to The Enquirer in a lengthy interview about the decision to bring back head coach Marvin Lewis for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Bengals owner finally reveals the reason he brought Marvin Lewis back
Just before Week 15, Marvin Lewis was gone. After 15 years with the Cincinnati Bengals, it was reported that Lewis was planning to leave the team at the end of the season. Three games later, Lewis was back. He signed a two-year deal to return as the Bengals’ coach. How the heck did that happen?

TDBH: Lewis puts finishing touches on first staff in biggest coaching overhaul in Bengals history
The unveiling of new head coach Marvin Lewis’ staff is to take place tomorrow in a Paul Brown Stadium news conference but the far-reaching implications are felt today with the departure of the beloved Ken Anderson and the anticipated arrival of Ricky Hunley. The coming and going are symbolic of the biggest coaching overhaul in club history and proof, the pundits say, that Bengals president Mike Brown is giving Lewis the power to rebuild a team coming off its worst season ever. By the time it’s said and done there are 10 new coaches from seven different programs.

Brown wants Bengals only to move in standings while seeking fresh coaching ideas
Bengals president Mike Brown heads into the 51st season of his franchise emboldened by the changes looming on an offense that finished with a ranking that sticks in his craw and last in the NFL. Buoyed by how new full-time offensive coordinator Bill Lazor ran the unit down the stretch and how Lazor and head coach Marvin Lewis built a new staff in the last week or so, Brown has confidence Lazor can move the needle.

AFC North Bytes

Alex Collins is a great building block for Ravens’ offense
If you include his receiving yards, Collins accumulated a total of 1,160 yards from scrimmage in 2017. That’s with a Baltimore offensive line that was without right guard Marshal Yanda and left guard Alex Lewis for the majority of the season. Going forward, once Yanda and Lewis come back healthy, you can make the argument that the best has yet to come for Collins.

Browns plan to hire Amos Jones as special teams coordinator
With Browns coach Hue Jackson evaluating whether to hire an offensive coordinator, he settled on another type of coordinator to run the special teams. The Browns plan to hire longtime NFL assistant coach Amos Jones as their special teams coordinator, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Thursday night.

Le'Veon Bell Reportedly Skipped Most of Final Walkthrough Before Jaguars Game
Fallout from the Pittsburgh Steelers' 45-42 playoff loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday continues, as running back Le'Veon Bell reportedly missed the team's final walkthrough before the game. Per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bell arrived at Pittsburgh's Saturday practice about five minutes before it ended.

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Chris Simms' Matchups to Watch in Conference Championships
The NFL is a sport that is all about the individual matchups and how teams game-plan for them. This fact is amplified during conference championship games because as a coach or player, you know you're one step away from the Super Bowl but might be facing a team that is realistically more talented than you.

Bruce Arians wants to join the Monday Night Football broadcast team
You haven’t seen the last of Bruce Arians in the NFL. Since Arians’ premature retirement from coaching due to health concerns, he hasn’t sounded like a man ready to kick his feet up and retire to some beach or swing on a hammock or move to Florida. Arians is reportedly interested in replacing a head coach who just made his long-awaited return to coaching. On Friday, Arians told ESPN that he’s interested in hopping into the Monday Night Football booth and bringing his smooth baritone voice to broadcasting.

NFL Determines Raiders Complied with Rooney Rule During Hiring of Jon Gruden
The NFL has ruled that the Oakland Raiders complied with the Rooney Rule before hiring Jon Gruden as their head coach. Per NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the league talked with Gruden, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis about the hiring process and noted the Raiders interviewed tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin.