History shows that multiple coordinator changes still succeed the following year

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals lost both of their coordinators, but if history is any indication, it won't cause a significant decline.

The Bengals have lost their defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to the Minnesota Vikings. And a week before that, their offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden, departed for the top job in Washington.

Hours following both of their respective departures, the Bengals announced their replacements by promoting linebackers coach Paul Guenther to defensive coordinator and running backs coach Hue Jackson on offense.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN, whenever teams have lost both coordinators, those teams didn't suffer a significant decline the following year. The '06 Chargers lost both coordinators and went 11-5, winning the AFC West title in '07. The '99 Jaguars lost both of their coordinators, improving to a 14-2 finish with a one seed in the 2000 playoffs. And the '94 49ers went 11-5 in '95 with a first-round bye after losing Mike Shanahan and Ray Rhodes.

Jackson becomes the first new coordinator since Gruden was hired in '11, replacing Bob Bratkowski, who had been with the team since '01. Zimmer replaced Chuck Bresnahan in '08.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker