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Teryl Austin is taking over the defensive coordinator role for the Bengals after Paul Guenther left for Oakland this offseason. Austin spent the past few seasons with the Lions where he helped the defense in Detroit become a turnover machine. The most important thing he will have to bring to Cincinnati is that same mentality after the Bengals struggled to take the ball away defensively last season. The only team with less turnovers than the Bengals was the Browns. Marvin Lewis is very excited about the caliber of coach the Bengals received in Austin.
“Obviously the big thing was his opportunity possibly to become a head coach in the NFL,” Lewis told ESPN’s Katherine Terrell. “I was waiting for that to break, and I know that will occur in his future.”
Austin has been around the NFL for awhile, and he has proven himself to be a valuable coach.

The Titans struggles on the offensive side of the ball in 2017 have been well-documented at this point. Year 2 of Exotic Smashmouth saw a significant drop statistically across the board from its 2016 version, but the sudden decline of DeMarco Murray may have been the most drastic.
2016: 293 carries for 1,287 yards rushing (4.4 yards per carry), 53 catches on 67 targets for 377 yards receiving (7.1 yards per catch), 12 total touchdowns
2017: 184 carries for 659 yards rushing (3.6 yards per carry), 39 catches on 47 targets for 266 yards receiving (6.8 yards per catch), 7 total touchdowns
Derrick Henry picked up some of the slack, producing a 4.2 yards per carry average on 176 carries and consistently looking like the more dangerous back.

OTAs have popped off this week. Deshaun Watson is throwing.

J.J. Watt is cheering.

J.J. Watt isn’t practicing he’s at OTA encouraging his teammates— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 22, 2018

DeAndre Hopkins’s didn’t shrink.

All of these things are fun reminders that yes, no matter how hot it may be, and no matter how far away it may seem, football will begin yet again. However, none of this will have a dramatic effect on this season. It’s a lot of getting the gang back together.
This week there will be meetings that will effect the game and the upcoming season. The NFL owners are meeting this week to discuss a variety of different things as reported by Judy Battista at NFL.com.

There have been times when the Dallas Cowboys offensive line has been called the best in football. With the three pillars of Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick, they will always be a good unit. But last year they had some issues. Smith was injured, La’el Collins was just learning his way at right tackle and the left guard position was only okay.
They are hoping they have fixed some of those problems. Collins will be more experienced in 2018, and rookie Connor Williams should slide into the left guard position. Tyron Smith is feeling healthy again, and the Cowboys went ahead and singed a decent swing tackle in Cam Fleming. Not to be forgotten, they also brought in a new coach in Paul Alexander.
But in the eyes of Pro Football Focus, they still aren’t the top unit in the NFL. That honor goes to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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