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Bengals News (7/6): Mentoring

Josh Bynes is taking his role as a mentor for the Bengals’ young linebacker room seriously.

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Bengals leaving no stone unturned in search for Joe Burrow's perfect offense
The 23-year-old is coming off of arguably the best season in college football history. Now he's tasked with rejuvenating a franchise that has had four straight losing seasons and hasn't won a playoff game in nearly 30 years. Head coach Zac Taylor and the rest of the Bengals' coaching staff is doing their part to make sure Burrow is comfortable going into his rookie season.

Analyst details how the Cincinnati Bengals can fix their offensive line
It’s no secret that the Cincinnati Bengals have been struggling to fix their offensive line for quite some time now. From complicated trades, to mid-tier free-agent signings, to pouring premiere draft capital into the position, they’ve tried it all and none of it has seemed to work. It’s the million-dollar question that, if answered, could lead the organization back to the postseason for the first time since 2015.

Bengals OC talks comparison of Joe Burrow, Patrick Mahomes
Joe Burrow was pretty darn good if you were paying attention to the 2019 college football season. After a pedestrian 2018 season in his first year at LSU, Burrow exploded onto the scene last year throwing for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and six interceptions while winning the Heisman trophy and a national championship.

Joe Burrow’s Comfort In Bengals’ Offense Will Determine Its Structure
Joe Burrow’s offense with the Cincinnati Bengals has almost been fully installed, according to offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, but there could be changes in the plays that are called based on how the rookie quarterback feels about the packages once he gets on the field.

The Bengals have two question marks behind Joe Burrow
When you look across the NFL landscape, not many teams have great backup quarterbacks, but it's clear Cincinnati has one of the worst groups in the league. Training Camp is a few weeks away and the Bengals haven't added any new blood to compete with Ryan Finley and Jake Dolegala for the backup job.

Podcast: Trae Waynes' agent causes a stir, training camp regulations and a list the Bengals should've been a part of
Jake Liscow and I discuss the comments made by Trae Waynes' agent, training camp regulations due to COVID-19 and an offseason list the Bengals should've been a part of on the latest Locked on Bengals podcast.

New Bengals LB Logan Wilson shows off impressive change of direction
The Cincinnati Bengals were in desperate need of adding talent to their linebacker room, a unit that has struggled endlessly in recent history. Thankfully for the defensive coaching staff, Logan Wilson fell into their laps in the third round of this year’s draft, something head coach Zac Taylor admitted they were hoping would happen as the second round came and went.

Josh Bynes explains how he’s started to mentor Bengals rookie LBs
Given the all-virtual nature of the offseason, it’s quietly very underrated the Bengals have a veteran like this — new to the team or not — who has taken over and likes to lead by example.

Bengals safety breakdown: Jessie Bates primed for breakout
That will likely be changing with the addition of Vonn Bell in free agency. The fifth-year pro is scheduled to start alongside Bates in the Bengals’ secondary, which means Williams’ role could be much different in 2020.

Around the league

Ronnie Lott: Kyle Shanahan 'our version of Bill Walsh'
Thus, any comparison to Walsh is a lofty one. Being compared to Walsh by one of the greatest safeties of all-time who happened to play for Walsh is a compliment to the nth degree. Such a compliment was handed out by the great Ronnie Lott recently as the Hall of Famer compared the 49ers' current coach -- Kyle Shanahan -- to the 49ers' greatest coach.

Which NFL fan base most deserves a Super Bowl title this season?
Fifty-four years into the Super Bowl era, 12 NFL franchises have yet to hoist a Lombardi Trophy. The front offices, coaching staffs and players feel the pain of never winning the big game, but some of the most tortured souls are the long-suffering fans.

History has former MVP Cam Newton, Patriots in playoffs
Now, Cam Newton is headed to New England and it might well be that the Patriots making the playoffs are once more a foregone conclusion. Having signed the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player, New England became just the sixth team in NFL history to add a former MVP quarterback to its roster after having made the playoffs the prior season, according to NFL Research. All five of the previous teams made the postseason after bringing in their MVP signal-caller.

State of the Franchise: More magic from Tannehill, Titans?
For years, it seemed like the Titans were waiting for someone to take them to the next level. Not many thought it would be a former top-10 pick on the verge of locking into the "journeyman QB" career track, and who once played wide receiver in college (at least for one year). But Ryan Tannehill sparked one of the most exciting seasons in Titans history since their fabled run to the Super Bowl. And while they fell short of their ultimate goal, they head into 2020 riding very strong vibes.