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Zac Taylor hired his friend Jim Turner, knowing the backlash would come. Taylor made every effort to defend his decision and Turner’s honor.

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West Coast Story Begins Another Edition
If you can’t beat ‘em, hire ‘em. When Bengals head coach Zac Taylor announced his first four staff hires Thursday, they came from NFL offenses his new team has had trouble deciphering in the past decade, particularly in a lethal running game version of Paul Brown's scheme that morphed into the West Coast Offense.

Why Zac Taylor ignored his stated emphasis on character, culture to hire Jim Turner – The Athletic
CINCINNATI – Zac Taylor hired as the Bengals' new offensive line coach Jim Turner on Thursday and raised some eyebrows with the decision.

Press Taylor doesn't appear to be leaving Eagles for Bengals
The Philadelphia Eagles doesn't appear to be losing Press Taylor after all. The Cincinnati Bengals named several members to Zac Taylor's coaching staff Tuesday, none of whom had Press Taylor's name mentioned (Press Taylor is the brother of Zac, so he may have been inclined to join him for a promotion in Cincinnati).

Bengals part ways with Strength and conditioning coach Chip Morton and assistant strength and conditioning coach Jeff Friday.
Morton had been with the Bengals since 2003 when Marvin Lewis was hired.

Izzy's deli creates sandwich honoring new Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor
One local sandwich shop chain has taken it upon itself to further whet the appetite of Cincinnati Bengals fans hungry to see what the team will do with new head coach Zac Taylor at the helm.

Around the League

Cardinals sign CB Robert Alford to three-year deal - NFL.com
Robert Alford has found a new home. The Arizona Cardinals have signed the cornerback to a three-year, $22.5 million contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Kyler Murray expected to attend NFL Scouting Combine - NFL.com
Three-hundred-and-thirty-eight college prospects are slated to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month, but one of them stands out: Kyler Murray.

Chiefs GM -- No more basketball for Patrick Mahomes
Chiefs GM Brett Veach told a Kansas City radio station that he called Patrick Mahomes' agent after seeing his star QB playing basketball in a video that went viral and was able "to nip that in the bud."

Bob Stoops returns to coaching with Dallas in relaunched XFL
Bob Stoops is returning to coaching, as he was named the new head coach and general manager of the XFL's Dallas-based franchise Thursday.

2019 NFL Draft: Biggest combine snubs include big Nebraska running back, receiver who shined at Senior Bowl - CBSSports.com
These prospects deserved to be invited to the 2019 NFL Combine but were left off the list.

No kickoffs as AAF action kicks off this weekend - NFL.com
Alliance of American Football action will begin this Saturday with plenty of different rules from the NFL, not the least of which is there will be no kickoffs in games.