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Bengals Bytes (2/22): New assistant coaches need to push Marvin Lewis

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The Bengals made it a point to bring in new assistant coaches after re-signing Marvin Lewis. Hopefully they bring a new life to this team next season.

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Can new assistants push the Marvin Lewis status quo?
Whether you are a skeptic or not is beyond fine; however, if you are anything like me, then you have been skeptical of the Marvin Lewis era for most of his tenure. Throughout his tenure here in Cincinnati we have seen some roster decisions that have been questionable at best. A large chunk of them are up to a relative debate, but without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, have been grossly miss-managed. In short, I have very little confidence that Lewis has the ability to put the best players on the field. Now I know what you are already saying, and before you throw the proverbial brick through my kitchen window… hear me out.

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TDBH: McNally returns to NFL roots as consultant
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Le'Veon Bell Is Getting a Raw Deal, from the Steelers and the System
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Josh Gordon to Be Exclusive-Rights Free Agent After Questions About Status
Josh Gordon won't be a restricted free agent after all. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported Wednesday that Gordon will be an exclusive-rights free agent rather than a restricted free agent this spring after questions cropped up regarding his lack of qualified NFL service time.

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