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Bengals News (1/4): Make your shot count

The Bengals need to hire a head coach that will not only maximize their talented roster, but can re-energize an impatient fanbase.

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Expanded Coaching Search Jets Into High Gear
During an energetic first week of the post-Marvin Lewis Era, the Bengals’ whirlwind search for a head coach has already interviewed as many candidates as they did before they hired Lewis in January of 2003. And that’s before they are believed to jet to a two-city road trip this weekend to make it eight interviews by the time Sunday’s Wild Card Games are underway.

Editorial: No margin for error in Bengals' coaching search
Bengals fans need to trust that the Brown family will give us a coach who will get fans back, win playoff games and ultimately championships.

Top 5 reasons why Marvin Lewis never won a playoff game in 16 seasons with Bengals | WKRC
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - With Marvin Lewis' 16-year tenure as Bengals head coach now over without him winning a single playoff game here is a look at the top five things that went wrong to possibly have prevented that from happening, some of which was his fault and some that was out of his control.

Egger: 8 names that would make Bengals’ coaching search more interesting – The Athletic
It wouldn't be very Bengals-like to take a big risk with their head coaching hire, but it would be more fun if they considered these outside-the-box names.

NFL Rumors: Hue Jackson Could Join Vikings Staff If Not Hired by Bengals | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
The Minnesota Vikings reportedly will consider hiring Hue Jackson as the team's offensive coordinator if Jackson is not hired as the Bengals' head coach.

Next Bengals coach inherits roster ready for big change
Bengals owner Mike Brown must decide whether to bring in another newcomer to coach his team, or return to his pattern of trusting someone he already knows well.

Around the League

Champ Bailey, Ed Reed, Tony Gonzalez among finalists for Pro Football HOF
Just a year after the Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 included three enshrines who had been eligible for the first time, the Class of '19 could include a similar number of first-timers.

Domestic violence charge against Reuben Foster of Washington Redskins dropped
A misdemeanor domestic violence charge against Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster has been dropped, according to court records. The charge stemmed from a Nov. 24 incident while he was with the 49ers.

Browns block interview requests for Freddie Kitchens -
The Cleveland Browns have blocked several requests for vacant coordinator positions around the league because Freddie Kitchens remains under contract, Ian Rapoport reported.

Hopkins donating check to family of shooting victim -
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is donating his playoff check to the family of a 7-year-old Houston girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday.

NFL playoffs Panic Index: History is against the Cowboys in Wild Card -
The playoffs are here, and there is plenty to panic about for the eight teams playing this weekend.