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Bengals News (1/8): First head coach domino falls

The Packers are the first team with a head coaching vacancy to fill their opening.

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This Day in Bengals History: Ickey, Bengals dance into Super Bowl
Even though his “No Huddle” has been outlawed by NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle two hours before kickoff, Bengals head coach Sam Wyche is still clever enough to hatch a 21-10 win over the Bills and is carried off the Riverfront Stadium turf to Miami and a Super Bowl date against mentor Bill Walsh, his position coach on Paul Brown’s Baby Bengals of 20 years ago. “It’s so much sweeter the second time around,” says Pro Bowl guard Max Montoya, one of seven Bengals who get a chance at redemption for their loss to Walsh’s 49ers in Super Bowl XVI seven years ago. Sweet, too, for Brown, their 80-year-old owner. With eyes both glistening and twinkling, he accepts the AFC trophy, and after thanking the players and coaches says, “I’m happy to get a second chance. A guy like yours truly might not be able to wait 20, 25 years.”

The Envelope, Please ...
Monday was just the 24th day this century the Bengals haven’t had a head coach. So this isn’t just the final awards assembly in the Marvin Lewis Era. These are the names the new coach needs to coalesce around his message once he convenes off-season workouts at Paul Brown Stadium as early as the first week of April.

Cincinnati Bengals expand coaching search outside organization
The Cincinnati Bengals already have interviewed more candidates than their last coaching search when Marvin Lewis was hired in 2003, according to the team website, and they reportedly aren’t done looking yet.

Bengals 2019 Opponents Set
Besides their divisional home and road schedule against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, the Bengals will face teams from the NFC West, AFC West, AFC South and AFC East.

Colts outdo 1970 Bengals, join 2015 Chiefs with playoff victory
The Colts joined the 1970 Bengals as one of three teams to start 1-5 and make the playoffs. Yesterday, Indy joined the 2015 Chiefs by beating the Houston Texans 21-7, becoming the only two teams to start 1-5 and win a playoff game.

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Report: Josh McDaniels Likely to Remain Pats OC After Matt LaFleur to Packers
The Green Bay Packers offered their head coaching job to Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, which could pave the way for Josh McDaniels to return to the New England Patriots.

Monday Morning Digest, Wild-Card Edition: Can Weekend's Winners Keep Winning?
No team that played in the first round of the NFL playoffs has reached the Super Bowl since the Ravens climbed from Wild Card Weekend to a world championship after the 2012 season.