Bengals looking to reboot with new coaching voices


For a team that has teased with regular season success, only to fail to live up to expectations in the playoffs, some degree of change might have been expected this offseason.

But after losing both coordinators to head coaching jobs, the Bengals have to start fresh in 2014.

The past three years is gone, we’ve got new coordinators and coaches and starting fresh,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said from the Senior Bowl, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Being here it’s kind of the start of the offseason for us as coaches so it kind of brings you back to reality. We’re going to get working again. We’re going to go back to Cincinnati and have to put the staff together and redo responsibilities and assignments and things like that because it’s different now.”

After losing Jay Gruden to Washington and Mike Zimmer to Minnesota, the Bengals promoted in-house coaches Hue Jackson and Paul Guenther into the coordinator jobs. The rounded out their defensive staff by hiring defensive backs coach Vance Joseph and linebackers coach Matt Burke this week.

“I think it’s exciting for us to hire two coaches both with their experience and with their futures,” Lewis said of the re-tooled staff. “That’s what’s exciting for me. Both guys have been experts in what they do and as far as their delivery with their guys. To bring in some different ideas, knowledge and be supportive of Paul (Guenther) and give him some battle-tested guys in the room with him.”

The Bengals needed to do something to shake out of the playoff rut they were in. And while there are plenty of talented players on both sides of the ball, and Gruden and Zimmer were well-regarded, the new message might help shake things up.

17 responses to “Bengals looking to reboot with new coaching voices

  1. A true reboot should include the Head Coach, no?

    Marvin Lewis, the 2nd longest tenured HC in the NFL behind Belichick, sports an 0-5 postseason record. Mike Brown is the worst owner in professional sports, and it’s utterly ridiculous that Marvin Lewis is still the HC after all these years of mediocrity.

  2. The Bengals have no future without Mike Zimmer.

    He should have been the HC and Lewis fired.

    But now he will lead the Vikings to a 10 year dynasty where we win the Super Bowl at least 4-5 times.

    What could have been Cincinatti.

    What could have been.

  3. The coordinator jobs in Cincinnati are more desirable than most of the HC jobs that were available. We also have more talent on one side of the ball than Minnesota and Cleveland have on each team. Hopefully they don’t completely reboot either and just make the needed tweaks to both that are needed to get them over the top.

    I am just afraid that Dalton won’t progress enough.

  4. Voices are what they have been living off of. They need better plans and well I think they should have fired Marvin Lewis by now. I really like him but he’s had too many chances and he’s not good enough. It’s time to take this franchise into a new direction and they need a GM and HC that are both on the ball and making the BEST choices for this team’s long-term interests.

  5. I’ve noticed one common thing for the past 11 years of mediocrity. (yes going 11-5 but getting embarrassed in the post season by an inferior team is mediocrity to me) MARVIN LEWIS!! Might as well sign this guy as a life long HC here. He won’t be gone until he wants to be gone. Until then, he has a job for life. Mike Brown is an idiot.

  6. Im starting to not want to be a Bengals fan not because of Mike brown not because our Qb who will eventually be a hof Qb but because of the fans of Cincinnati. They are the worst all they are is band Wagon fans. Yes it sucks we lost in the playoffs 3 years in a row now but we’re making it there and have something to look forward to besides a top 5 pick in the Draft. Whodey

  7. Marvin Lewis may not be the best game manager but he knows players with talent I’ll take that over game management any day. Sign Marvin Lewis for another 10 years. Whodey

  8. Rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic. Where is the accountability? The coordinators didn’t get fired – they’d left for better jobs. Marvin and Dalton have some explaining to do IMO.

  9. I would love to have a successful regular season and go one in done in the playoffs.

    You don’t realize how good you have it.

    A Buccaneers Fan

  10. The thing is, there are no new voices – two promotions from within.

    The LB coach was promoted to D-Coordinator, so clearly his was one of the voices during the playoff debacles.

    Hue Jackson of all people was promoted to O-Coordinator, also one of the many voices during said payoff debacle.

    If new voices were wanted, hire someone like Norv Turner to be OC.


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