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Bengals News (1/16): Former Bengals coaches catching on around NFL

Ken Zampese is the latest former Bengals coach to find work on another team.

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Bengals coaches are excited about the possibility of working with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow as part of the pre-draft process.
They may not know yet if he's going to join them next week in some fashion when they coach the South in the Jan. 25 game (2:30 p.m.-NFL Network) in Mobile, Ala. But they do know if the Bengals do what the world expects them and wants them to do and they take Burrow No. 1 on April 23 in the NFL Draft, they'll have no problem putting him in their offense that has several elements of what Burrow ran to virtual reality perfection in Baton Rouge.

The Bengals and the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program teamed up to contribute $250,000 to Harrison High School to install a new synthetic turf field.
The Bengals and the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program teamed up to contribute $250,000 to Harrison High School to install a new synthetic turf field. The new game field, along with a practice field that is also being built, will allow for more football games and practices, as well as other sporting events and community usage.

Bengals coaches already impressed by Joe Burrow
“He definitely checks off a lot of boxes early on in the evaluation process,” quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt told Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website. “He obviously looks like a very intriguing guy.”

Bears bolster staff with ex-Bengals OC Bill Lazor and ex-Vikings OC John DeFilippo, reports say
Lazor was out of the league in 2019 but had previously served as offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2017-2018. Rapoport added that he fulfilled a role as a volunteer consultant for James Franklin's Penn State staff in 2019. Other stops during his 13-year NFL coaching career included the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins.

Bengals' coaches already like what they see from prospective No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow
Many believe that they already know who will be selected with the No. 1 overall pick: LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. The LSU Tigers defeated Clemson 42-25 in the college football national championship game on Monday, and Burrow threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns. It was a typical performance for the Ohio State transfer, as he just put a bow on one of the most successful college football campaigns of all time.

Bengals can’t possibly screw up the Joe Burrow pick, right?
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow finished his collegiate career with another brilliant performance in a blowout win over the Clemson Tigers in Monday night’s National Championship Game.

NFL free agency 2020: 4 guards the Bengals should target
While the team has Jonah Williams coming back to man left tackle, the guard spots flanking Trey Hopkins aren’t overly encouraging. Replacement-level players, from Billy Price to John Miller, could be improved upon.

Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow's old teammate always knew his Greatness
Flashback to a time before the awards, the interviews, and the mock drafts featuring the 23-year-old as the first overall selection, Burrow was far from the forefront of attention at Ohio State. He was buried on a depth chart that left him struggling to break through. Despite getting little acknowledgement, his former teammate, Mike Weber, recognized his talent.

Former Bengals offensive coordinator tabbed by Redskins to be QB coach
The Washington Redskins on Wednesday announced changes to new head coach Ron Rivera's staff and it includes former Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese as the team's quarterbacks coach.

Vince Williams jokes on Cincinnati Bengals OL: ‘... got ya last mans fired.’
As Joe Burrows looks increasingly destined to start at quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals next season, Twitter, Steelers Twitter and Steelers themselves have taken note. Especially Vince Williams.

Around the league

Top 25 NFL free agents of 2020: No shortage of intriguing QBs
Drew Brees and Tom Brady don't fit on every team -- or many at all. They certainly aren't long-term solutions. If they ever were to leave their current teams -- something that's far more feasible at this point with Brady -- it would have to be the right fit. Then again, that's true of all the intriguing free-agent quarterbacks like Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston and Philip Rivers. Every one of these quarterbacks will be paid well because even a league-average starting signal-caller is ultimately worth more than quality starters at any other position.

Rodgers dreamed about playing for 49ers as a kid
"I usually dreamed about playing for the 49ers as a kid," Rodgers said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. "Obviously, that thing passed a long time ago. But I do remember some great games over the years between the 49ers and the Packers, including [one] in this situation."

George Kittle misses practice with ankle soreness
It's unlikely that will be the case again in their most important game of the season, but there is still some concern as Kittle did not participate in San Francisco's Wednesday practice due to lingering ankle soreness stemming from Saturday's victory over the Vikings, NFL Network's Steve Wyche reported.

Jimmy Garoppolo calls torn ACL 'blessing in disguise'
They spent it on Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, who went on to serve as a game-changing force for the 49ers, recording nine sacks, 47 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception and earning Pro Bowl honors as a rookie. Maybe that struggle-filled 2018 season wasn't so bad after all.