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Bengals Bytes (1/22): Bill Lazor isn’t afraid to change the whole offense

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Bill Lazor was retained after leading one of the worst offenses in the NFL, but with a chance to make the offense his own this offseason, we shouldn’t be surprised if he makes major changes.

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Bengals’ OC Bill Lazor is ‘not afraid to blow the whole thing up’
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is ready to revamp the team’s offense if necessary once the staff returns from the Senior Bowl. Lazor, promoted from quarterbacks coach after Week 2 and retained this offseason, is now tasked with figuring out one of the league’s worst offenses from a year ago.

Mike Brown addresses Bengals fans and what he calls a ‘hard market’
Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown doesn’t open up to the public often. When he does, his comments carry major weight across the fanbase, the local area his team impacts and across the NFL. Friday, Brown sat down for a round of interviews and talked about the decision to bring back head coach Marvin Lewis, as well as a variety of other topics ranging from how the team will pursue free agents to the bevy of changes along Lewis’ staff.

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Pacman Jones: Marvin Lewis 'Saved My Life,' PUMPED He's Back with Bengals!
Pacman Jones is going to bat for Marvin Lewis on the heels of his head-scratching contract extension ... telling TMZ Sports he couldn't be happier about the Bengals coach getting 2 more years. Pacman wasn't kidding -- saying the team's struggles are the players' fault, 100%, and calling Lewis "one of the best coaches that's EVER been in the game."

Are Bengals fans getting leftovers on a different plate?
As it goes, there were a few Bengals fans who experienced psychotic breakdowns in early January. When owner Mike Brown decided to go against the grain and re-up Marvin Lewis for two years, a hush fell over the city. Cincinnatians were torn between staying loyal to the franchise or finding another football team with (dare I say) the gonads to make harsh moves. In other words, fans want an owner who cares about their feelings and a head coach that has the insight to make things happen.

TDBH: Specialists nearly make Bengals Super in 20-16 heartbreak
It figures. In a duel between Boomer Esiason’s NFL MVP trophy from Cincinnati and Joe Montana's two Super Bowl rings from San Francisco, the only touchdown scored for the first 75 minutes tonight in Super Bowl XXIII is by a career special-teamer that never returned a kick all the way before '88 or since. And for good measure the smallest man on the field stands to swipe the biggest prize when Bengals kicker Jim Breech coolly drills his third field goal of the game on a 40-yarder with 3:20 left that gives the Bengals a euphoric 16-13 lead and Breech the game MVP. That is, of course, until Montana goes 92 yards in 11 excruciating plays capped by his 10-yard arrow to wide receiver John Taylor for a touchdown on his only catch of the night with 34 seconds left.

AFC North Bytes

Have Steelers finally found mid-round CB gems in Cam Sutton, Brian Allen?
There's been a Burnett who never even became an Average Joe, plus an ordinary Terry and a forgettable Curtis. There also was a Crezdon, a Senquez and even a Shaquille who was anything but Shaq-like. Names that were plain, names that were unique. Big schools and small schools. First-day draft busts and final-day misses.

Three things the Ravens can learn from Championship weekend
Championship weekend has concluded and Super Bowl LII will feature the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. Although they were sitting at home, there are several valuable lessons the Ravens could have learned from these two championship games.

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