On Monday, Marvin Lewis stepped down as the Bengals' coach after 16 seasons. Cincinnati never won a playoff game under Lewis but they qualified for the postseason seven times; prior to his arrival in 2003, the team hadn't made the playoffs since 1990. And he leaves as the winningest coach in team history with a 131-122-3 record. But now the question becomes: Who's next?
The Bengals are going to be shopping for a head coach this offseason and Marvin Lewis will likely be done with his tenure having never won a playoff game because, according to a report, he is "planning to leave" Cincinnati this offseason. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Lewis is going to step away from the team this offseason and wants to continue coaching.
A week ago, before we all witnessed the slow-motion trainwrecks passing for the Bengals and Texans, most folks pegged these two franchises as likely playoff teams. After all, Houston won the division a year ago with Brock Osweiler, and Cincinnati improved this offseason after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
As if wide receiver A.J. Green's torn hamstring wasn't devastating enough, tailback Giovani Bernard suffered a torn ACL. Bernard will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the 2016 season.
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been fined $75,000 for stomping on Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount, according to a source.
The NFL has highlighted the tension between the Bengals and Steelers ahead of Sunday's game, as more than $200,000 in fines have been handed out in their past two meetings.
On the same morning that Saints first-rounder Sheldon Rankins suffered a broken leg in practice, Bengals rookie tackle Andrew Billings underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
The Cincinnati Bengals filled two of their three assistant-coaching vacancies Friday by moving quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese to offensive coordinator and adding former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett to their staff as linebackers coach.
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been suspended for the first three games of next season for repeated violations of player-safety rules. He will appeal, a source said.
Coach Marvin Lewis confirmed Monday that the Bengals are preparing for AJ McCarron to start versus the Steelers on Wild Card Weekend. Is there any chance for Andy Dalton to make a late push?