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    My ideal offseason as of now

    This would be my ideal offseason. I wanted to get it in before black Monday and we retain Marvin. While this is an exercise in futility as is, when we retain Marvin it becomes even worse.

    Head Coach: Eric Bieniemy. Bieniemy coached at Minnesota and rose all the way to assistant head coach. Then moved on to Kansas City where he is Offensive Coordinator. Reid lauds his attention to detail and preparation. Maybe most importantly he has Bengals ties having played for the Bengals in the nineties for 3 years.

    Offensive Coordinator: Darrel Bevell. Bevell was the Offensive coordinator for the Vikings when Bieniemy was RBs coach and is currently unemployed after years as the OC in Minnesota and Seattle. From what I can tell he likes a balanced offense and a focus on the run. It’s not an overly inspiring choice but he has a long history as an OC and Bieniemy would certainly put his stamp on the offense.
    Other options: Dirk Koetter, Bill Musgrave, Byron Leftwich, Hue Jackson

    Defensive Coordinator: Vance Joseph. Joseph has ties to Bieniemy from Colorado and the AFC West. The 2 were teammates at Colorado in 1990. Obviously he coached in Cincinnati and is exceptionally well thought of by the front office. https://www.chiefs.com/news/chiefs-n...cos-better-tha
    Other options: Kris Richard, Mike Pettine, Jack Del Rio, Steve Wilkes, Todd Bowles,

    QBs Coach, AHC: Hue Jackson. This one was a struggle but I landed on Hue Jackson. I don’t think Hue gets another job in the league asap and Dalton has had some of his best years with Hue as an assistant on offense. Hue has coached QBs for the Ravens and Arizona State.

    RBs Coach: Sherman Smith. Smith has been out of coaching for the last year but was Bevell’s RB coach in Seattle for years. He is from Youngstown and went to Miami of Ohio. He is the biological father of Bieniemy’s current RBs coach Deland McCullough.

    WRs Coach: Karl Dorrell. Dorrell is the current Jets WR’s coach. He was the head coach at UCLA when Bieniemy was RBs coach.

    TEs Coach: Jimmie Johnson. Johnson is the current Jets TE’s coach. He was the TE’s coach at Minnesota when both Bevell and Bieniemy were there.

    OL Coach: Frank Pollack. He has turned a very bad unit into an almost adequate unit and it will only get better with time and better players.

    DL Coach: Bill Kollar. Kollar is the current DL coach for the Broncos.

    LB Coach: Fred Pagac. Pagac is the current LB coach for the Broncos and coached with Bieniemy in Minnesota

    DB Coach: Joe Woods. Woods is the current Defensive Coordinator for the Broncos and coached with Bieniemy in Minnesota. The 2 are reportedly close (see article above) and he may be a candidate for the DC position as well.

    STs Coordinator: Darrin Simmons. Simmons stays as STs coordinator.

    Free Agents to Re-sign:
    1. CB Darqueze Dennard: I am not 100% sure he is worth the contract he will get but CB is such an important position avoiding a gap at the spot will be important.
    2. TE CJ Uzomah: He’s been above average as a starting TE in a league filled with questions and injuries at the position. Bringing him back for stability makes sense.
    3. TE Tyler Eifert: His injury history is as obvious as his upside. A small base contract with aggressive incentives based on playing time makes a ton a sense for both parties.
    4. T Jake Fisher: Fisher has been a bust but was coming on a little under Pollack this year before injuries. Tackles are sparse around the league, especially ones with some upside. Bringing Fisher back atleast for camp makes sense.
    5. T Bobby Hart: Hart isn’t an answer at tackle but with the dearth of options the familiar becomes more attractive.
    6. LB Preston Brown: While I am not a big fan, we need some veterans at LB and he can fill that spot.
    7. RFAs and ERFAs: Hopkins, Redmond, Washington, Tupou, McRae and Wilson. All re-signed.
    8. Allow to leave: Kroft, Smith, Ogbuehi, Johnson, Rey
    9. Release: Vontaze Burfict: Burfict has been a liability on and off the field and I assume his energy is difficult in the locker room.

    Free Agents to Sign: I think that it’s best to create a carrot of veterans who can provide leadership, playoff experience and a base skillset to build off of. I am not worried about their injuries or declining play because I think that young guys benefit from intermittently being called on to play. If a veteran plays 3 games and then a rookie needs to play 2 and then go back the bench, that is much better than not having the veteran and only playing the rookie.
    1. Thomas Davis, LB, Carolina: Davis is a UFA and still playing at a high level (PFF 77.5 grade, 15th ranked LB, 74 tackles, 6 passes defensed). He isn’t the long term solution but he has been very good for a long time and can be that carrot we need for a young LB group.
    2. Matt Slauson, G, Colts: Slauson is a UFA. He will be 33 at the start of next season. He broke 2 vertebrae this year in his back but is expecting to come back next year. The Colts OL is so good I am not sure he has a starting role their. We could pencil him in at RG and he could be the carrot there for Redmond, Price and Hopkins….whoever can fill in best. He was born in Cincinnati but I am not sure if he has ties beyond that. Slauson has a 66.8 PFF grade
    3. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Jets: We continually go to thin at WR with the hope the youth will show up. Kearse played for what would be our WR coach in NY and our OC in Seattle and could come cheap. Solid 4th WR or ok 2nd if Ross never materializes.
    4. Maxx Williams, TE, Baltimore: Continue to look for guys who are in places that they are underutilized. Williams got leapfrogged by 2 rookie TEs this year but could replace Kroft in the rotation.
    5. Antoine Exum, S, 49ers: San Fran is loaded with good Safeties and we could use a 3rd that would allow us to play Shawn Williams more as a nickl/dime lb.
    6. Austin Davis, QB, Titans: Was the backup in Seattle while Bevell was OC for a season.

    Draft
    1. OL: It is looking like OL is our best bet in round 1. Can hopefully get our RT of now and LT of the future.
    2. LB: With re-signing Preston Brown and signing Thomas Davis we have the carrot for a 2nd round rookie to develop
    3. OL/LB

    In the end we have
    1-New Offensive system built around what the Chiefs, Bears, Eagles and Colts are doing.
    2-Staff with familiarity with the Bengals front office, the Bengals players and how things are done in Cincy.
    3-3 new starters at LB, RT and RG.
    4-Depth at S, WR, TE and LB.
    5-Maintains the Bengals MO, no splashes in Free Agency, hold on to your own, brings in coaches that they are familiar with.
    Last edited by Bengalbro; 12-29-2018 at 04:44 PM.

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    My pipe dream would be Lincoln Riley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
    My pipe dream would be Lincoln Riley.
    I keep seeing his name, I am not quite sure why. He seems like the hottest guy on the market. Can you elaborate? (When I say I am not quite sure why I don't mean it in a condescending way, I mean it in an ignorant way).
    Last edited by Bengalbro; 12-29-2018 at 06:27 PM.

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    Riley is viewed as a young offensive genius. Supposedly Nick Saban said Riley was the best offensive coach he has faced. With the success McVay has had, teams are looking for the next McVay and people think Riley could be that if not better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDawgBengal View Post
    Riley is viewed as a young offensive genius. Supposedly Nick Saban said Riley was the best offensive coach he has faced. With the success McVay has had, teams are looking for the next McVay and people think Riley could be that if not better.
    I don't watch a ton of college football. Is Oklahoma really that great offensively?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengalbro View Post
    I don't watch a ton of college football. Is Oklahoma really that great offensively?
    I believe they are the number one ranked offense in FBS. They are averaging almost 50 points a game.

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    Marvin and Mike tripping and falling face first into a wood chipper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDawgBengal View Post
    I believe they are the number one ranked offense in FBS. They are averaging almost 50 points a game.
    Just read a great article on ESPN about him and their offense but can't find it now

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    An additional interesting option

    Dan Campbell as HC (current Saints TEs)
    Joe Lombardi as OC (current Saints QBs)
    Todd Bowles as DC (Coached with him in Miami)

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