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Bengals face questions


PHILADELPHIA _ The Bengals went into Sunday's season finale here at Veterans Stadium with a coach in place for next year, but not much else.

One of the key questions figures to get answered Tuesday after Bengals President Mike Brown meets with head coach Dick LeBeau to decide the fate of the coaching staff.

With LeBeau moving up from defensive coordinator, he's not expected to let go the defensive staff he assembled when he arrived before the 1997 season and includes two of his former players in line coach Tim Krumrie and secondary coach Ray Horton.

It's believed the major change on that side of the ball will be linebackers coach Mark Duffner getting the coordinator title.

There's also the possibility that special teams coach Al Roberts will be retained. But the big question is on offense and what the future holds for offensive coordinator Ken Anderson and if the club will add a quarterbacks coach.

Two of the key assistants in the NFL's second-ranked running game, running backs coach Jim Anderson and offensive line coach Paul Alexander, figure to stay.

Defensive tackle John Copeland, who left last week's game against Jacksonville with a strained calf, was in the starting lineup.

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