Quick Hits: Joe, Defense Senior Bowl Topics
So Tobin isn't ready to say the Bengals definitely won't trade the No. 1 pick in the April 23-25 draft. And he says there is plenty of time to get to know LSU quarterback Joe Burrow even though he won't play in Mobile.
Zac Taylor hired Al Golden (linebackers) and Steve Jackson (secondary) as assistant coaches.
Taylor also made official what has been in motion since the week after the season ended when he added the title of assistant head coach to special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons' desk. They're still looking for an assistant to Simmons after Brayden Coombs became the Lions special teams coordinator last week.
Still 'early in the process,' Bengals brass refutes ESPN report saying they don't intend to deal top pick
"I don't know that any decision has been made for what we're going to do in April," Tobin told Bengals.com. "We're early in the process. We certainly haven't had any meetings to determine that at this point. Those will be meetings we'll have as we go through the process."
Cincinnati Bengals 7-round 2020 NFL mock draft: Senior Bowl value picks
The Cincinnati Bengals have a significant opportunity to greatly improve their long-term stock this offseason. Not only do the Bengals hold the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but their coaching staff is also representing them this week at the Senior Bowl. This may not seem like much of an edge, but getting a week to closely coach and learn more about these players can make a major difference for a draft class.
NFL free agency 2020: 4 offensive tackles the Bengals should target
While Jonah Williams is still on his way back and Fred Johnson is an encouraging prospect, the franchise can’t afford to sit on its hands if Joe Burrow is coming to town.
Around the league
Joe Montana on SB LIV: 'Guaranteed my team will win'
The five-time champion San Francisco 49ers are making their seventh Super Bowl appearance and their second in seven years; the Kansas City Chiefs have won just one Lombardi Trophy and did so before it was even called the Lombardi Trophy, back during the 1969 season. San Francisco and Kansas City have never played each other in the postseason and have faced off just 13 times in the regular season; the 49ers have a one-game lead in the head-to-head.
Lions GM 'comfortable' with Matt Stafford returning
"Yeah, I'm totally comfortable and happy that Matthew Stafford's our quarterback," Quinn said, via the Detroit Free Press. "He's going to be in full health once the offseason program starts its course. He's pretty much at full health. Talked to him about 10 days ago. He was in the office, so he's feeling great, he's in a good mindset. He's excited."
Tevin Coleman dislocated shoulder, could play in SB LIV
"I don't want to speculate too much, but usually a week to rest it and usually gets back in and I expect him to have a chance to play," Shanahan said. "Can't hold me to that. We'll find out more, but I expect him to have a good chance to play."
Titans DC Dean Pees retires after 16 seasons in NFL
Pees was already beginning his retirement when Vrabel was hired as Titans head coach in 2018. That didn't last long. Vrabel said Monday his second phone call placed after he was hired was to Pees to get him to come to Tennessee to coordinate the Titans' defense.
Tannehill among Pro Bowl replacements for Chiefs
The AFC South is sending five additional players as replacements for Kansas City Chiefs selected to the all-star game. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey were added to the AFC roster Monday in place of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and defensive tackle Chris Jones. Jaguars receiver D.J. Chark and defensive end Josh Allen are also headed to Orlando, replacing Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill and defensive end Frank Clark.