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Marvin Lewis admits he needs to coach better after the Bengals’ loss to the Saints

The Bengals head coach bears some of the responsibility for three straight embarrassing games, saying the Bengals need to “coach better and play better.” Is this the first time he’s ever said that?

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While the NFL is in the middle their “salute to service” campaign, the Bengals got served on Veteran’s day. The Bengals lost 51-14 and looked like a hot circle of garbage while doing so.

The offense only scored 14 points, which came on their first and last drives of the game. In between, the Bengals suffered through three-and-out after turnover.

Meanwhile, the defense made NFL history as the Bengals became the first team to give up 500+ yards in three consecutive games. The 133 combined points given up in those games is not a good look either.

So what needs to change? Marvin Lewis, in a rare moment of humility, suggested that maybe the coaching staff needs to step it up. “You can’t lose sight of where we are. This hurts. It hurts everybody. We have to coach better and play better,” Lewis said after the game.

However, Lewis wouldn’t discuss a coaching change. At least not yet.

While injuries hurt the Bengals (they are missing key playmakers like A.J. Green, Darqueze Dennard, Nick Vigil and Vontaze Burfict), the coaching staff needs to do more. Teryl Austin needs to make some changes on defense, since the Bengals are on pace to give up the most yards in NFL history. Its not like he has nothing to work with, since the Bengals still have Pro Bowl contenders like Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, William Jackson and a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate in Jessie Bates.

Bill Lazor should also be doing more with the offense. Even though the offensive line is not perfect, the offense has enough talent to be effective. Someone not named Tyler Boyd or Joe Mixon has to make plays during Green’s absence. That absence is expected to last at least two more games.

And of course, the head coach himself should take most of the responsibility. Whether it is clock management, going for it on fourth down, or just straight up coaching effectively, Lewis should bare most of the burden.

The players also have to play better, but it is the coaches’ jobs to help them do that.

The Bengals are traveling to Baltimore next week. While the Bengals typically play well against the Ravens, it looks like anyone could beat Cincinnati right now. We’ll actually see whether or not the coaches start coaching better in this key division matchup, which may just come against Lamar Jackson and not Joe Flacco.