Bengals coach Marvin Lewis spent a portion of his Monday press conference talking about the need for his team to “control us and not worry about the other team or other circumstances” in light of the way things played out at the end of their 18-16 loss to the Steelers on Saturday.
Others on the team are still thinking about Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter being on the field and exchanging unpleasantries with Bengals players after Vontaze Burfict was penalized for a blow to Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s head in the fourth quarter, however. Tackle Andrew Whitworth said Monday that he doesn’t respect Porter and called his unprofessionalism “ridiculous.” Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther also took aim at Porter’s behavior.
“Porter [is] an embarrassment to the coaching profession,” Guenther said, via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Guenther said that he spoke to Porter before the game and asked him not to engage with any Bengals players after Porter got into it with them multiple times during the ugly regular season game between the two teams that resulted in more than $130,000 in fines from the league. Porter is reportedly set to receive a well-deserved fine for his actions on Saturday night and his presence on the field should also be addressed with an officiating crew that should never have let him cross the sideline in the first place.