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Bengals News (1/20): Quick turnaround for Cincinnati isn’t crazy

The Bengals may have been the worst team in 2019, but there are plenty of reasons to believe things won’t take long to get better.

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2020 Mock Draft Round Up: A look at what the national media thinks who the Bengals will select at No. 1
The Bengals are officially on the clock and many analysts have the team taking LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick. Here's a look what the national media is projecting in their mock drafts, as well as other players the Bengals could select as the draft continues.

Sources -- Bengals have no intention of trading No. 1 overall draft pick
But any speculation involving Carolina, Miami or any other quarterback-interested team should be quickly dispelled, because the Bengals have no intention of trading away the No. 1 draft pick, league sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.

New York Jets news: Safeties coach Steve Jackson leaves to become Bengals CB coach
According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, safeties coach Steve Jackson will become the new cornerbacks coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson was on the Jets staff the last two seasons, having been retained after the organization made a head-coaching switch from Todd Bowles to Adam Gase.

NFL draft: With shot at Joe Burrow, Bengals reportedly don't intend to trade No. 1 pick
Just because LSU QB Joe Burrow won’t be attending the Senior Bowl, where the Cincinnati Bengals staff will be coaching this week, doesn’t mean that they’re not drafting the Heisman Trophy and national-title winner.

Joe Burrow and his dad have definitive opinions on the Cincinnati Bengals picking at No. 1
As it’s becoming increasingly likely that LSU QB Joe Burrow may land with the Cincinnati Bengals, who have the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, discussion has begun about his opinion of going to his home state team.

NCAA Determines Becoming A Bengal Punishment Enough For Joe Burrow Taking Cash From Odell Beckham
Laying down a harsh ruling that is sure to resonate in future cases, the NCAA determined Friday that Joe Burrow joining the Cincinnati Bengals will be more than enough punishment for his infraction of accepting a cash payment from Odell Beckham Jr. “We want to do everything we can to discourage college players from trying to monetize their position, and we have determined that whatever punishment we could come up with will pale in comparison to being drafted by the Bengals,” said N.C.A.A. president Mark Emmert, who warned that the LSU quarterback’s fate might become the new standard for punishing player corruption.

Bengals "rebuild" does not have to take long
The NFL is not Major League Baseball. In MLB, a bad team generally stays bad for a long time unless they have the financial resources of the Yankees or Dodgers. There is no such thing as a rebuild in pro football. You are either winning or losing and each year is completely separate from the one before.

Jay Glazer offers his take on whether Bengals should trade No. 1 pick
The idea of the Cincinnati Bengals trading the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft — and the rights to Joe Burrow — is a topic that won’t go away in the coming months.

Around the league

Romeo Crennel not expected to return as Texans DC
Crennel's role varied since getting to Houston in 2014 with head coach Bill O'Brien, who both derive from the Bill Belichick coaching tree. He served as a defensive coordinator and assistant head coach in his six seasons in Houston. O'Brien, who also serves as the Texans general manager, initially said he expected Crennel to be back for 2020.

Chiefs 'happy' to get Andy Reid another chance at SB
Reid's Kansas City Chiefs did what they couldn't do last January: get the job done. Kansas City overcame another early deficit to run away with a 35-24 win over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game, securing the team's first berth in the sport's biggest game in 50 years a year after falling painfully short against New England.

Sherman: 49ers were ready for Packers in both games
In that primetime bout, the Niners held Aaron Rodgers to 104 yards passing, restricted Davante Adams to 43 yards on seven catches with a touchdown and sacked the quarterback five times. Jimmy Garoppolo piled up 253 passing yards and two TDs, George Kittle went for 129 receiving yards and a touchdown, Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman each ran for a score, as the Niners skated to a 37-8 victory.

Derrick Henry credits Chiefs' game plan following loss
Heading into the AFC Championship Game, the Kansas City Chiefs defense knew it had cut the legs out from under the behemoth running back. Henry entered the game motoring the Titans offense through two postseason games. Henry became the only player in NFL playoff history with 180-plus rush yards in two consecutive games, and his 377 rush yards in the Titans' first two playoff games were the most to start a postseason in NFL history.