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Bengals News (12/31): Cincinnati coaching staff taking their time this offseason

A lot of the Bengals coaching staffs’ future rides on how well they turn things around from 2-14, so it is no surprise that they aren’t going to rush to any decisions.

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Doc’s Morning Line: At 2-14, I can’t buy into happy talk about Joe Burrow or 2020 Bengals
That’s not his fault, at least not entirely. It’s mine. It’s my cynicism, born of 31 years writing about the Bengals. I read/see/hear a lot of “positive’’ stuff about all the “good guys’’ on this team. Ad nauseam, I listen to how they “stuck together’’ and “didn’t quit’’ and so on.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham recap Week 17 win against the Cleveland Browns with highlights and interviews.
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham break down the Week 17 game against the Cleveland Browns with postgame analysis, interviews and highlights.

Bengals Sign CB Winston Rose
Rose (6-0, 180) played the last three seasons (2017-19) in the Canadian Football League, including this past season, when he helped the Winnipeg Blue Bombers win the Grey Cup title. He played in all 18 of the Blue Bombers’ games in 2019 and earned CFL All-Star honors after recording a league-best nine INTs, including one he returned for a TD. He spent the 2018 season with the B.C. Lions, and tied for the CFL lead with five INTs.

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week
Dunlap recorded 2.5 sacks on Sunday, and added a forced fumble, a pass defensed and an additional QB hit. Dunlap was also a key component to the Bengals’ defense holding Browns RB Nick Chubb, the NFL’s second-leading rusher entering Sunday’s game (5.0 yards per carry, 99.6 yards per game), to just a 3.2-yard average and 41 total rushing yards.

Bengals players back head coach Zac Taylor and believe in the team culture.
But one question was answered Monday. Despite the Bengals’ 2-14 record that tied their worst ever and Taylor’s growing pains when it came to calling plays and running a team for the first time in his career, his players believe he’s the man for the job. His biggest endorsement as the Bengals cleaned out their lockers came from his best player. Wide receiver A.J. Green may not know if he’s volunteering for work in April, but he likes what Taylor has got going all-year round.

Bengals Take Their Time To Burrow Into Draft
Believe it. Burrow, the Ohio native who has lit it up this season, is highly regarded down here. PBS isn’t in a vacuum. But there are also first things first. The Bengals are supposed to take the Heisman Trophy winner No. 1 like they did Carson Palmer in 2003. But head coach Zac Taylor said Monday it’s just too early since the coaches have yet to scout him, interview him and dissect him like a game plan.

Head coach Zac Taylor spoke with the media to discuss the 2020 offseason.
“Just our standard — I sit in here and talk about it all the time — and what that looks like. At times, there was drastic improvement in a lot of areas. Ultimately, our record is what it is, and it says where we were this year. Next year needs to be significantly better in all areas. It’s one thing for the coaches to be the ones to say it all the time, but now that the players understand the schemes better, it’s time for the players to take that ownership to the next level and demand accountability from their teammates in all that we do. That’s the best way to be a championship team.”

Bengals Place Waiver Claim On Tony Brown
Brown, who will be a third-year player in 2020, originally was a college free agent signee of the L.A. Chargers in 2018, though he has spent his first two seasons with Green Bay. He has played in 20 career regular-season games (three starts) and recorded 39 tackles (32 solos), five passes defensed and two forced fumbles on defense, plus another six tackles and a blocked PAT on special teams.

Joe Mixon wants to be 'Bengal for life' as he mulls contract extension
With the season officially over, following Sunday's 33-23 win over the Cleveland Browns, Mixon’s future with the Bengals will be one of the franchise’s biggest storylines of the offseason. The third-year running back said a contract extension is part of a long-term vision that keeps him in Cincinnati for the rest of his career.

Bengals claim former Packers CB Tony Brown off waivers
Despite a strong summer, Brown never locked down a consistent role on Mike Pettine’s defense and eventually tumbled down the Packers’ depth chart at cornerback. With six healthy cornerbacks and potential needs elsewhere, the Packers cut Brown.

Zac Taylor's 1st Bengals season one for the record books
A 33-23 win over the Browns on Sunday mercifully ended a season that will become a reference point for Bengals futility. They finished last in the NFL and matched the club record for worst finish at 2-14.

A.J. Green injury update: Bengals WR says he’s done with rehab
Green initially suffered his injury on the first day of training camp and it seemed like he might return for the team’s final two games before shutting himself down, then shifting to injured reserve for the final week.

Around the League

Jaguars retaining HC Doug Marrone, GM Dave Caldwell
"I have met on several occasions over the past few days with Dave Caldwell, Doug Marrone and their staffs to fully understand their plans to reverse our course and compete for a postseason berth in 2020," Khan said in a statement. "In addition, I held numerous one-on-one meetings with players on Monday and thoroughly appreciated their candor and thoughtful views -- some expected, some not -- on the season behind us and where we go from here."

Ron Rivera hired as new Washington Redskins coach
Rivera's eight and a half-season tenure with the Carolina Panthers came to an end at the start of 2019's final month. The decision was a result of an underperforming Panthers team that appeared rudderless without the services of Cam Newton, who was sidelined for the season due to injury, leaving Carolina to put its hopes and dreams on the arm of Kyle Allen. The Panthers saw positive results initially, but as the season took a turn for the worst, a coaching change under fairly new owner David Tepper became inevitable.

No call yet on Jason Garrett following Mon. meetings
The day began with player exit interviews and a team meeting followed, in which NFL Network's Jane Slater reported Garrett used phrases that suggested a permanent departure rather than a mere end to another season. Garrett later met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and vice president Stephen Jones for roughly an hour.

Dolphins coax Chan Gailey out of retirement for OC job
The 67-year-old Gailey last guided the New York Jets in 2016 to a lackluster finish before heading into retirement after a 42-year coaching career. He has been the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys (1998-99) and Buffalo Bills (2010-2012), and coordinated the offense for five different NFL squads, including the Dolphins in 2000-2001.