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Bengals News (1/30): Carlos Dunlap’s Honey

Carlos Dunlap’s restaurant getting the spotlight during Super Bowl week.

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Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap's restaurant "Honey Uninhibited" in Miami is gaining in popularity thanks to its unique flavor and cuisine.
It is Super Bowl week, Honey's first Super Bowl, and we are sitting out here on the shady terrace of Dunlap's brainchild on Southwest 3rd Avenue in Miami's suddenly trendy West Brickell section. Brickell, two blocks down, is the more established chic part of the neighborhood. But like Dunlap chasing a quarterback from the backside, West Brickell is closing fast and the boutique breakfast place he owns and designed, "Honey Uninhibited," is one of the reasons why.

Cincinnati Bengals legend Boomer Esiason thinks the team will select Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick.
"I know what I see. I see greatness," said Esiason after his morning radio gig, transplanted for this week in the city where he led the Bengals to the title of Super Bowl XXII 3/4 all those years ago. "He could be that guy. That's what the Bengals need. That's what every team needs."

Source -- Alex Van Pelt joining Browns as offensive coordinator
Van Pelt spent his two seasons in Cincinnati under two different head coaches. After Marvin Lewis and the Bengals parted ways after the 2018 season, he was retained by the offensive-minded Zac Taylor, who praised Van Pelt throughout the season.

Browns hiring Bengals QB coach Alex Van Pelt as OC
Van Pelt, 49, spent the last two seasons coaching Andy Dalton and Ryan Finley in Cincinnati. Before that, he had coached QBs and RBs in Green Bay (2012-17), QBs in Tampa Bay (2010-11), QBs in Buffalo (2008-09) and QBs with the Frankfurt Galaxy (2005). Van Pelt was also the Bills offensive coordinator for one season under Dick Jauron in 2009. This will be his first OC job since then.

NFL: Roger Goodell says Patriots-Bengals tape investigation ongoing
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell surprisingly had nothing conclusive to offer on the league’s investigation during his “State of the NFL” address on Wednesday. It was at least a mildly interesting development, considering the league appeared to have what it needed to wrap up its probe by this week’s Super Bowl. Instead, Goodell said it wasn’t an open-and-shut case, insisting the NFL won’t be ready to close the proceedings until it feels it has exhausted every question surrounding of the incident.

Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer has some fiery comments for fans
Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer was candid in some comments he made to Damon Amendolara from CBS Sports Radio. Palmer took on perceptions of the organization as he was coming out of USC, what LSU quarterback Joe Burrow might be hearing heading to the 2020 NFL Draft, and whether the organization was serious about winning a Super Bowl.

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Chiefs' D: We can't be fooled by 49ers' 'eye candy'
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