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The Bengals’ (supposed) next coach already has assistants in mind; “slam dunk” it’s an outside hire

It also appears about half of the current staff will remain with the Bengals.

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It now appears the Bengals’ have their next head coach, and it’s just a matter of when they can announce it.

Today, the Bengals have let go of three assistant coaches. Apparently, they’ve been told the next head coach already has several assistants lined up to replace them, according to NFL Network reporter Michael Silver.

Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer added that about half of the current staff is expected to stay:

Jeremy Rauch added that his source says it’s a slam dunk that the next hire will be outside of the organization.

Combined with previous reports over the last few days, it appears the Bengals next head coach will come from a group that includes Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Rams QBs coach Zac Taylor and Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron, though I would venture to guess Waldron is more of an offensive coordinator candidate if Taylor gets the job.

That means former secondary coach Vance Joseph and current assistant Hue Jackson are out of the mix. Joseph is actually already interviewing for other jobs.

If we had to guess, it’s looking more and more like it will be Bieniemy.

Of course, nothing is ever a done deal until the ink is dry (see Josh McDaniels), but it looks like whoever the Bengals think they’re getting is set on being the team’s head coach in 2019.