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Bengals News (1/23): Scouts are unfazed by the change at the top

The Bengals scouts are going about business as usual despite the change at head coach on the horizon.

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Looking for a spark
But as Simmons got the first look at college prospects that were in Kindergarten when Lewis took power at Paul Brown Stadium, he can still taste that strange brew of the new and the unknown that was so combustible and good.

Scouts: Business As Usual
Despite all the indications that the organization is undergoing its biggest off-season changes since its 1968 inception, the scouting and evaluating machinery is in place without a majority of the assistant coaches and the coaching staff figures to remain a big factor in the drafting process once it is in place.

Jon Gruden: Brian Callahan leaving for Bengals OC job
Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan is leaving the team to join the Bengals as their offensive coordinator, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday during his media availability at the Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Bengals to play Rams in London in 2019 International Series
The Cincinnati Bengals will head overseas in 2019 for one of their road games, a showdown against the Los Angeles Rams as part of the International Series.

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl appearances vastly outnumber Bengals’ trips
The Cincinnati Bengals have not been on the league’s brightest stage nearly as often as New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady. This postseason marks Brady’s ninth trip to the Super Bowl.

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NFL Scouts' Takes: Biggest Risers in the 2019 Draft Class
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How the Patriots' BS Underdog Mentality Has Fueled a Super Bowl Run
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