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Bengals News (1/4): Getting runover

The Bengals finished the 2020 season on a very low note against the Ravens.

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Statement From Bengals President Mike Brown On Zac Taylor
"Our fans wanted a fresh new direction two years ago, and that is what we aimed to do in hiring a bright, energetic head coach in Zac Taylor. We remain bullish on the foundation Zac is building, and we look forward to next year giving our fans the winning results we all want. In Zac's two years, we have added many new starters and contributors through the draft, we have invested heavily in free agency, and we have acquired a talented young quarterback with a bright future.

Bengals Offseason Kicks Into Gear
All the telltale signs that the Bengals offseason had begun began to whir late Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium after the last decimal point had been crunched in the 38-3 loss to the Ravens in the season finale:

Bengals Notebook: Tee Higgins Injury, Trayveon Williams' breakout game and A.J. Green
There were 53 minutes left to play in Sunday's season finale at Paul Brown Stadium, but when Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins grabbed his tender hamstring at the end of what should have been his 41-yard-run-and-record catch as a flag flew in the air. That play pretty much dictated the rest of a game the Ravens led, 3-0, and ended up winning, 38-3.

Postgame news conference quotes from Zac Taylor and Brandon Allen after Week 17 versus the Baltimore Ravens
"We're a better team than what we showed today. We ran into a team that's playing as good of football as we've seen all year. They're certainly peaking at the right time. But that was not our best today. That's not what we expected to put on the field. We're going to have to live with that and continue to build this offseason."

Cincinnati Bengals lose to the Baltimore Ravens, 38-3 in Week 17
Working against a lineup that had six Opening Day starters, Jackson had 97 himself. It must be something about the building. The Ravens racked up the most rush yards in the NFL since the Bengals put up 407 against the Broncos on Oct. 22, 2000 in the game Bengals running back Corey Dillon broke Walter Payton's NFL rushing record.

The Cincinnati Bengals are Retaining Taylor, Mike Brown 'Bullish' on Foundation Zac is Building
The Bengals are making plenty of changes to Taylor's staff. They aren't retaining offensive line coach Jim Turner, wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell or defensive line coach Nick Eason.

Cincinnati Bengals 7-round mock draft after wrapping up No. 5 pick
Not all is bad for the Bengals as a result, as their 4-11-1 finish wrapped up the No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. So let’s start the offseason with a fresh mock for the Bengals, who have an interesting offseason on the horizon.

Should the Bengals fire head coach Zac Taylor?
The Cincinnati Bengals will make changes to the coaching staff this offseason before turning eyes to free agency and the draft. But will head coach Zac Taylor be part of those changes after Sunday’s embarrassing season-ending loss to the Baltimore Ravens?

Cincinnati Bengals: 2021 offseason crucial for roster, coaches
With several impact players on injured reserve, the Bengals finished the regular season with two notable wins against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans. Multiple Bengals coaches and players stated that the team’s objective was to end the season on a high note and gain some positive momentum heading into the offseason. The rebuilding Bengals have accomplished their goal by earning two signature wins to close out the year.

Cincinnati Bengals schedule 2021: A list of opponents for the Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals wrapped up the 2020 NFL season with a loss, settling on a 4-11-1 record. In the process, the Bengals solidified the teams they’ll play in 2021 based on divisional seeding and other factors.

Around the league

Jacksonville Jaguars fire head coach Doug Marrone
"I am committed and determined to deliver winning football to the City of Jacksonville," Jaguars owner Shad Khan released in a statement. "Realizing that goal requires a fresh start throughout our football operations, and with that in mind I spoke this morning with Doug Marrone to express my gratitude for his hard work over the past four seasons as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

'Sickening': Giants players voice displeasure with Eagles' decision to bench Hurts vs. Washington
As the New York Giants waited and the world watched, the NFC East was decided when the Washington Football Team prevailed in confounding fashion, winning 20-14 against a Philadelphia Eagles squad that made a slew of dumbfounding decisions.

Washington's Chase Young calls out Bucs QB: 'Tom Brady, I'm coming. I want Tom!'
Young was a dominant force this season that turned Washington's defensive front into a playoff-bound menace. According to NBC analyst Chris Collinsworth during Sunday night's broadcast, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio compared Young's leadership in his first year to a young Ray Lewis, which is exceedingly high praise.

2020 NFL season, Week 17: What we learned from Sunday's games
Box scores usually don't tell the whole story of a game, but it would suffice for this one. Until the final 4:26 of the first half, the Bengals had gained just seven total yards of offense on nine plays. They'd possessed the ball for less than five minutes to that point, while allowing Baltimore to run out to a 17-0 lead. And by run, we mean it, as the Ravens had already barreled through 100 yards on the ground at that point. Cincinnati's greatest play of the half came back on a penalty and added insult with Tee Higgins' injury.