Marvin Lewis to Bengals: Jobs are on the line

AP

Ken Zampese was first. He will not be the last if the Bengals continue to play this way.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told his players early this week that the firing of the former offensive coordinator might be the first job lost from their 0-2 start, but that players could be on their way out the door as well.

“This is not magic,” Lewis said of his speech to players, via Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “You have to do the work. Offense, defense and special teams all alike. Changing; I said we got Kenny out of here. Not Kenny. We did. And they gotta understand that. They’re part of that. And the next time, look around, there will be different guys sitting there. And they realize that, too.

“That’s the part of it that everybody has to understand. We have to do it together, collectively. We had a period where I felt like this was the time to do it, and we had an opportunity to make it right and move forward and get back in this race, get back in the division, get back in the AFC and do what we set out to do.”

The Bengals are 0-2 and haven’t scored a touchdown yet, so there’s really nowhere to go but up. But the firing of Zampese was not a hasty decision for the longtime Bengals coach, as it was the first time he’s ever fired an assistant during a season, and person since Zampese has been with him since 2003.

It is very difficult,” Lewis said. “He busted his tail here. He’s been with me since I started. Even when I had been involved in jobs prior to here, I had been in contact with Ken. He and his family are tremendous. They’ve been great friends. He’s a fine football coach, and he’ll get another opportunity to knock it out of the park. This just didn’t work.

“It was very difficult. But, we have a lot of people in this building. We have to look out for everyone. To Ken’s credit, he understood completely. Now we’ve talked enough about it. Let’s move on. I’ve said what I’m going to say, and I’m not going to elaborate any more.”

Of course, if the Bengals struggles continue, Lewis will be joining them. His contract expires after this season anyway, so if they continue down this path, the changes could be wholesale in Cincinnati.

18 responses to “Marvin Lewis to Bengals: Jobs are on the line

  1. This teams chances came and went under Marvin’s “leadership.”

    Time to clean house and start over again.

  2. So easy to bash lewis. It’s almost the in thing. This guy has done more for This team then almost any before him. Maybe a change would do some good but this guy deserves some respect. And it’s not up to him to fire himself. If you really have to bash someone because you feel he should have gotten fired then be mad at Brown. Feel like I’m talking to my kids somwtimes

  3. First job on the line should be Gio. Then they should make Mixon their starter. How about building some continuity? Rotating RB’s every play isn’t helping anyone.

  4. I believe his job IS on the line. His contract is up at the end of the season. He is making unprecedented statements and moves. This is a man who is finally feeling some heat.

  5. It amazes me how much people hate Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton…

    …but… love dusty baker and adam dunn.

  6. No he was telling the players their job is on the line, not his. He knows he isn’t going anywhere. If you haven’t been fired after 15 years with no playoff wins in the NFL, you know your safe. This is why he just giggles after losses. He never takes any of the blame. It’s an absolute joke. Zimmer, Gruden and Jackson made this guy look decent for a lot of years. He makes me sick.

  7. I was initially a proponent for Marvin bc he made the Bengals a perennial playoff team every year, which no one has done in decades. Marvin blaming Ken’s firing on the players just further shows why Marvin has to go. Players do have to be accountable, but they have to be put in positions to succeed first and Zampese didn’t do that and now neither is Marvin. That roster is loaded and the only excuse for their play at this point is the coaching.

  8. celebrateafterthehit says:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:46 am
    So easy to bash lewis. It’s almost the in thing. This guy has done more for This team then almost any before him. Maybe a change would do some good but this guy deserves some respect. And it’s not up to him to fire himself. If you really have to bash someone because you feel he should have gotten fired then be mad at Brown.

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    Forrest Gregg and Sam Wyche’s 2 Super Bowl appearances for the Bengals would easily argue that.

    Oh, and the Bengals barely lost both of those Super Bowls to the greatest NFL dynasty of the pre salary cap era.

    Jeff Fishers head coaching career > Marvin Lewis Coachjng career

  9. 1. Yes, you should be mad a Mike Brown for not firing Marvin.

    2. Marvin Lewis is well past his ability to advance this team any further. Clean the coaching house, and if nothing changes THEN start rebuilding the players. May be 2018 or 2019 before this can be accomplished fully, but that is only because (see item 1)

  10. I respect Marvin TONS for what he’s done for this franchise. He turned them into contenders and has gotten them to the playoffs multiple times. Having said that, I believe he’s taken them as far as he can and now it’s time to give someone else a shot.

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