LeBeau has list

BY GEOFF HOBSON

Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau doesn't expect much to surface this weekend in his search for an offensive coordinator.

LeBeau said Friday his list of candidates consists of college coaches involved in bowl games and NFL coaches who are involved in the playoffs. He has already talked to former Steelers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride about an interview next week.

LeBeau said he can't talk to a pro coach until 15 days after the team's last game of the season.

"And I don't want to interfere with a college coach involved in a bowl game," LeBeau said. "He should have the professional courtesy of being able to concentrate on that. I've got a good list and it could expand."

The name of Oregon offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, Akili Smith's college coordinator, has surfaced in speculation. His season ends Friday night in the Holiday Bowl.

What does seem fairly certain is the Bengals are going to add at least one assistant coach on each side of the ball. If they decide to add a third as an offensive asssistant, that will give them 14 coaches working under LeBeau.

A total of 23 NFL teams have at least 14 assistant coaches. The numbers range from 18 assistants in Dallas to 11 in Pittsburgh.

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