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Bengals News (1/18): What trading back looks like

It is a very popular concept for team’s picking early to trade back to get more picks, but what could that look like in 2021?

Photo Gallery | Best Fan Images From The 2020 Season
The Cincinnati Bengals have the most passionate fans in the NFL. Check out some of the best fan images from the 2020 season. Who Dey!

A behind-the-scenes look at the Bengals hiring of defensive line coach Marion Hobby
"Mr. Brown is straight forward. It's really clear what he's looking for in his coaches and what he expects and that's what any coach would want right there," Hobby said Saturday afternoon. "I got a chance to spend some time with Zac and Lou and it was really positive. I got a good feel for those guys and where they're trying to get with the defense. It was really good. And Mr. Brown was outstanding."

Cincinnati Bengals 7-round mock draft: Trade down edition
With the NFL knee-deep in their playoffs and the draft process underway for two-thirds of the league, mock drafts are in full force. That includes the Cincinnati Bengals, sitting with the fifth overall pick.

Bengals: 3 options with fifth overall pick in 2021 NFL Draft
The Cincinnati Bengals entered the 2020 season with a lot of hopes after securing what everyone can only hope is their franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow during the offseason. But that hope was generally brought with the knowledge that while Burrow is a young, exciting player the team is simply not ready to compete. This showed to be exactly the case as the season progressed.

Bengals coaches think Joe Burrow will get better vs. AFC North rivals
Quarterbacks coach Dan Pitcher, for example, recently pointed out that he expects Burrow to get even better against AFC North competition in 2021, as captured by Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com:

Cincinnati Bengals could have a top-five offensive line in one offseason
The franchise has always had a top-notch offensive line but it started getting worse under head coach Zac Taylor. Now that Frank Pollack has been named the Bengals new offensive line coach, the Cincinnati offensive line needs the right personnel which he can be acquired this offseason.

Dave Lapham Names the Cincinnati Bengals' Three Biggest Offseason Needs
"Both lines of scrimmage," Lapham told Dan Hoard on the Bengals Booth Podcast. "Even in this era of all kinds of formations, all kinds of personnel groupings, window dressing, motion, all this crap. Who advanced in the playoffs? The teams that won the line of scrimmage. Period. The teams that won the line of scrimmage.

D.J. Reader, a Clemson connection, helped lure Marion Hobby to Bengals
Hobby and Reader spent time together at Clemson and it goes deeper than that — Hobby knew all about the local high school player Reader during his days at Duke.

Around the league

Divisional Round: What we learned from Sunday's games
The playoffs require resilience, and boy, did these two teams bring semi-truck loads of it to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Kansas City came out firing, grabbing a 13-3 lead before the Browns could blink and entering a cruising speed that had the Chiefs poised to run away to a win. But the Browns responded, leading a drive that ended just inches from a touchdown when Rashard Higgins dove toward the end zone and fumbled the ball through it for a touchback.

Tom Brady back in familiar postseason spot after Buccaneers beat Saints in Divisional Round
At the mouth of the New Orleans Saints' tunnel Sunday night, Drew Brees blew some kisses into the air and began to make his way to the locker room. He paused for just a moment as he entered the tunnel, turning to glance back behind him, perhaps taking a last glimpse at the Superdome for his memories after another devastating postseason loss.

Baker Mayfield: Browns 'setting a new standard'
"It sucks to be quite honest with you guys," Mayfield said after the loss, via the team's official transcript. "It sucks because so many people have sacrificed so much during this process and this very strange season and overcome adversity. So many people have stepped up -- families of players and families of staff -- and everybody sacrificed so much for us to be able to do this. It is just unfortunate for us to come up short. It sucks because we believed in it.

Chargers hiring Rams DC Brandon Staley as new head coach
"It's not just that Brandon possesses a tremendous football mind that makes him the ideal head coach to lead our team forward," general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement. "It's that he excels in the ability to effectively tailor, apply and communicate his concepts to players. It's clear that Brandon will not be out-worked, he's the football equivalent of a gym rat, and that has earned him the universal respect of the players he has coached throughout his journey."