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Bengals News (1/7): Cincinnati gets an interview request blocked

One candidate to join the Bengals’ coaching staff next season got crossed off early when a team blocked the Bengals request to interview the coach.

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Cincinnati Bengals Rookie Camp Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Week In Review: Coaching Search Heats Up Senior Writer Geoff Hobson reported the Bengals have already interviewed as many candidates as they did before they hired Lewis in January 2003. That is 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.

Cincinnati Bengals' end of season awards
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Vikings reportedly won’t bring aboard Hue Jackson
For a moment, it seemed like Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings might hire away Hue Jackson before the Cincinnati Bengals could keep him in town.

Marvin Lewis Community Fund will continue despite Lewis’ departure
The Marvin Lewis Community Fund, which has given away numerous scholarships and provided many different programs to kids throughout the tri-state, will continue for at least the short-term future, according to WCPO.

Patrick Mahomes endorses Bengals head-coach target Eric Bieniemy
Let Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes tell it, the Cincinnati Bengals are targeting the right guy for their vacant head-coach position.

Report: Broncos blocked Falcons, Bengals from interviewing Gary Kubiak
The Broncos blocked a request by the Falcons to interview Gary Kubiak for their open offensive coordinator position, according to a report by Adam Schefter at ESPN.

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