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Bengals News (1/6): Staying positive

Joe Burrow sends a message out to fans with high hopes for 2021.

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Bengals Willie Anderson honored despite missing the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Last year, Bengals great and Mobile native Willie Anderson made the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. It looks like he's going to take them one at a time after his bid to crack the Pro Football Hall of Fame's finals ballot didn't reach the list of 15 Tuesday night when the shrine released the finalists for the class of 2021.

Quick Hits: Bengals Willie Anderson hopes to be one of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 15 modern era finalists
With all eyes on Georgia Tuesday night, Atlanta resident Willie Anderson hopes to get some good news an hour before the polls close when the Pro Football Hall of Fame announces it 15 modern era finalists for the shrine's Class of 2021.

Cincinnati Bengals 2021 Schedule: Opponents Officially Set
The Bengals will face each of their divisional opponents twice, the entire AFC West and the entire NFC North. The two remaining opponents finalized were the other two AFC teams that are based on division standings from the previous year.

One Analyst Thinks the Cincinnati Bengals Should Trade Up to Draft Oregon Tackle Penei Sewell
Cincinnati's offensive line is desperate for a talent infusion. They need to find a way to keep star quarterback Joe Burrow upright. He took way too many hits this season, which ended [for him] in Week 11 when he suffered a torn ACL, MCL and other damage to his left knee.

The Cincinnati Bengals Won Their Last Playoff Game 30 Years Ago Today
The Bengals' playoff drought continues. The team finished 4-11-1 in Zac Taylor's second season. They haven't qualified for the postseason since 2015. Their last playoff win was on this date 30 years ago today. The Bengals beat the Houston Oilers 41-14 at Riverfront Stadium on January 6, 1991

Bengals’ Zac Taylor sticking with all three coordinators for 2021
That means offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo and special teams coordinator/assistant head coach Darrin Simmons will return next season.

Joe Burrow sends message to Bengals fans after the Zac Taylor news
Burrow’s message is a sign of confidence from the most important player on the roster, though the front office will want to heed that last line closely: “Also hopefully that’s the last time I ever have to watch a game on tv.”

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Titans RB Derrick Henry, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins among Players of the Week
Henry's last regular-season show of dominance and brilliance garnered him AFC Offensive Player of the Week as the NFL's weekly honors were released on Wednesday morning for the last time this season.

Arthur Blank: No players 'off limits,' including Matt Ryan, Julio Jones
"You cannot hire the very best people you can hire, whether it be general managers or head coaches, and then tie their hands and tell them, well, this person is off limits and that one is off limits and that one," Blank said, via the team's official website. "What you're asking them for, which is not off limits and needs to be probed deeply, do they have a championship plan, do they have a plan on turning around the franchise sooner rather than later so we're winning in 2021? Do we have a plan that's sustainable over a long period of time so we can make sure this team is competitive not just for the next year or two but over a longer period of time than that? ... However that affects certain players, it affects certain players."

Arians doesn't view Washington as 7-9: 'We're not playing Dwayne Haskins. We're playing Alex Smith'
"We don't see them as a 7-9 team, we see them as a 4-1 team because every time Alex Smith has played, they went 4-1 and had a plus-three turnover margin," Arians said, via the team's official website. "It's a different team when Alex is playing and we know that. We're playing that 4-1 team, not that 7-9 team."

Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey resigns after one season
"I want to thank Chan for all of his hard work and dedication in what was a unique year," Flores said in a statement. "He played an important role on the staff and in the development of our young roster. I wish him all the best."