The Bengals lost to the Steelers 18-16 on Saturday night in a game that they were leading late in the fourth quarter until a Jeremy Hill fumble and personal fouls on Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones put Pittsburgh in position for a game-winning field goal.
The loss marked the fifth straight year that the Bengals have qualified for the playoffs and lost their first postseason game. It also made coach Marvin Lewis the first coach to ever lose his first seven postseason games. That record and the loss of composure by the team down the stretch led some to wonder if the Bengals might consider making a coaching change after 13 seasons with Lewis at the helm.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that there are “no plans” to make a coaching change at this time. Assuming that doesn’t change in the next few days, Lewis will be back to build on the 112-94 record he’s compiled with the Bengals when the next regular season gets underway in September.
Lewis may be doing that with a new offensive coordinator as Hue Jackson is considered a strong candidate to wind up with a head coaching job now that he’s free to interview with teams and accept any offers that might be coming his way.