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AFC Rumors: Bengals, Broncos, Dolphins, Jets

Bengals

  • Jim Owczarski reports that the Bengals are hiring Rob Livingston as their new secondary coach.
  • According to Owczarski, the Bengals will hire another coach for the DB room to work with Livingston.
  • Mike Klis reports that former Broncos OL coach Jeff Davidson interviewed for the same position with the Bengals.
  • Alex Marvez reports that Utah assistant HC/OL coach Jim Harding interviewed for the Bengals OL coach job as well.

Broncos

  • The Broncos have hired former Colts STs coach Tom McMahon to the same position in Denver. (Nicki Jhabvala)
  • Mike Klis reports that the Broncos have reached an agreement to make Greg Williams their DB coach specializing in cornerbacks.
  • According to Mike Klis, the Broncos will replace OLB coach Fred Pagac with a “pass rush” coach and have Reggie Herring work with both inside and outside linebackers. This new pass rush coach will reportedly bounce between Bill Kollar’s D-line room and Herring’s room.

Dolphins

  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has progressed “splendidly” from major knee surgery in August and the expectation is that he will be ready for the team’s offseason program in April.
  • Jackson adds that Tannehill has been “running well” during recent practices.
  • According to Jackson, the Dolphins have given no indication if they want to re-sign DE William Hayes, who is set to enter the open market.
  • Jackson adds that the could see Miami attempting to sign Hayes after the start of free agency in order to sign him at a reduced rate.

Jets

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily, there’s still no guarantee Jets OC John Morton will return as the team’s offensive coordinator for the 2018 season.

Mehta previously reported that the Jets would allow Morton to join Jon Gruden’s coaching staff in Oakland if the opportunity presented itself. Gruden elected to hire Greg Olson as their new offensive coordinator, which means Morton would have to take a lesser role of the Raiders’ staff for this to be a possibility.

The Jets would reportedly still allow Morton to leave and his status in New York remains unresolved.

Mehta says that there have been internal discussions to elevate QBs coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator, he’s regarded by some within the organization as the best offensive mind in the building. However, Bates reportedly has indicated that he isn’t interested in the job and would prefer to remain in the background.

A name to keep an eye for New York, according to Mehta, is Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo, who was the Jets’ top choice last year for offensive coordinator before Philadelphia blocked them.

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