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Bengals Bytes (1/8): Does Marvin Lewis struggle with halftime adjustments?

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There has been an overwhelming notion that the Bengals coaching staff has failed to implement proper halftime adjustments, but is that a fair criticism?

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Bengals' overhaul could mean something special for 2018
It’s that time of year when things get boring. The weather is cold and thoughts turn to the playoffs. But, alas, the Bengals haven’t been postseason worthy for two years. After the shocking re-signing of Marvin Lewis, there’s an even colder feel to the frigid Cincinnati air. But, his next stint is coming with a mass overhaul that may bring something special back to the Queen City.

Mike Brown-Marvin Lewis fact or fiction: Lacking halftime adjustments?
Some people are mad. Others apathetic. A few supportive. We’ve even reached the burning jerseys in the snow and posting to social media portion of the program. One aspect we can settle on in the wake of Marvin Lewis’ controversial return on a two-year contract: Everybody has an opinion.

Bengals negotiating with Teryl Austin about coordinator role
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Bengals are negotiating with Teryl Austin to become their new defensive coordinator, and it appears a deal there is likely.

TDBH: Ickey, Bengals dance into Super Bowl
Even though his "No Huddle" has been outlawed by NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle two hours before kickoff, Bengals head coach Sam Wyche is still clever enough to hatch a 21-10 win over the Bills and is carried off the Riverfront Stadium turf to Miami and a Super Bowl date against mentor Bill Walsh, his position coach on Paul Brown’s Baby Bengals of 20 years ago. “It's so much sweeter the second time around," says Pro Bowl guard Max Montoya, one of seven Bengals who get a chance at redemption for their loss to Walsh's 49ers in Super Bowl XVI seven years ago. Sweet, too, for Brown, their 80-year-old owner. With eyes both glistening and twinkling, he accepts the AFC trophy, and after thanking the players and coaches says, "I'm happy to get a second chance. A guy like yours truly might not be able to wait 20, 25 years."

Coaching re-set: Austin in talks for DC, report says
A coaching re-set as head coach Marvin Lewis spent the weekend continuing the biggest overhaul of his staff in his 16 seasons: NFL.com said Sunday night that the Bengals are negotiating with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, which would be the first hire of a staff in transition in the wake of Lewis’ Jan. 2 contract extension. The web site, which reported last month Lewis and the Bengals would mutually part ways after the season, said this deal “is headed,” toward completion.

TDBH: Ickey, Bengals dance into Super Bowl
Even though his "No Huddle" has been outlawed by NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle two hours before kickoff, Bengals head coach Sam Wyche is still clever enough to hatch a 21-10 win over the Bills and is carried off the Riverfront Stadium turf to Miami and a Super Bowl date against mentor Bill Walsh, his position coach on Paul Brown’s Baby Bengals of 20 years ago. “It's so much sweeter the second time around," says Pro Bowl guard Max Montoya, one of seven Bengals who get a chance at redemption for their loss to Walsh's 49ers in Super Bowl XVI seven years ago. Sweet, too, for Brown, their 80-year-old owner. With eyes both glistening and twinkling, he accepts the AFC trophy, and after thanking the players and coaches says, "I'm happy to get a second chance. A guy like yours truly might not be able to wait 20, 25 years."

AFC North Bytes

Report: Browns plan to go after Packers’ Eliot Wolf
The Green Bay Packers’ decision to promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager could be just the opening John Dorsey and the Cleveland Browns need to go after another one of the team’s top personnel executives. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, the Browns plan to pursue adding Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf, who was passed over by team president Mark Murphy in favor of Gutekunst.

Baltimore Ravens: Draft Prospects in the National Title Game
Ahhh, draft season. A time of year that sadly has come much too early for Baltimore Ravens fans after a Week 17 meltdown against the Cincinnati Bengals redirected fans from reading playoff previews to sadly sifting through mock drafts. The reality now, as painful as missing the playoffs was, is quite frankly all Ravens fans have left to do at this point is to start prepping for the NFL Draft and free agency. It seems like Groundhog Day as we start looking at Ravens draft prospects in early January for the third year in a row, but the good news is the 2018 draft class is shaping up to be a good one.

Steelers defense has developed habit of giving up deep passes
It was a relatively meaningless game, one in which the Steelers did not play Cameron Heyward, arguably their best defensive player. But in the wake of Cleveland's DeShone Kizer connecting on completions of 56, 54, 34 and 33 yards in the regular-season finale last week, are the Steelers concerned about the abundance of big pass plays they have allowed?

Random Bytes

Vintage Drew Brees Performance Reminds Us Whose Team the Saints Are
Three-alarm, five-alarm fire. Nuclear-fission hot. We've seen Brees get like this before. We know he can torch a defense. But we also heard how this season was about Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Brees was supposedly taking a secondary role to his two Pro Bowl backs. And to an improved defense.

Monday Morning Digest: The Specter Hanging over the NFL Playoffs
Cam Newton was nearly pulverized by Saints defender David Onyemata in the fourth quarter. He staggered to his feet, began trotting to the sideline and fell to one knee. "Oh no," we thought. "Cam Newton appears to have a concussion."

Yannick Ngakoue Says Richie Incognito Used Racial Slurs During Bills vs. Jaguars
Incognito, an 11-year veteran at guard, was selected to the Pro Bowl this season for the third year in a row, giving him four appearances in his career. However, this is not the first time the 34-year-old has been accused of using racist insults.