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Bengals News (11/13): Changes are on the way in Cincinnati

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The Bengals had a little coaching carousel of their own on Monday after an embarrassing loss to the Saints on Sunday.

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Lewis Takes The Headsets As Urgency Crackles Through To His Players
He took over the defense and planned to call the plays Sunday in, of all places, Baltimore. Home to his 2000 NFL record-setting defense and where he became the NFL’s hottest assistant coach.

Report: Hue Returns To Bengals Coaching Staff
At his Monday afternoon news conference Lewis was asked if he would bring in former Browns head coach and long-time confidant Hue Jackson to help with his transition to defensive coordinator and he said, “Wait and see.”

Marvin Lewis News Conference Transcript - 11/12
“Generally, your relationship goes way beyond this. It’s very difficult. The easiest thing to do is to change somebody, and the hardest thing to do is to try to help that person get better. I’ve tried very hard to be a resource, but it wasn’t fitting right.”

Bengals Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin Relieved of Duties
“I appreciate the hard work that Coach Austin has put into our football team, but I felt it best to make a change at this point in time, and I wish him the best,” Lewis said. “I will be coordinating the defense from here on out and I am excited to do that. This football team has a real chance to get back to playing winning football so we can compete for the playoffs, and that is our sole focus.”

Bengals Brace For Change
John Thornton and Chris Crocker, two of Marvin Lewis’ defensive leaders from play-off runs past, can’t wait to see their old head coach call the defensive signals this Sunday in Baltimore and they wouldn’t be surprised to see him go back to the system that brought them so much recent success.

Ex-Browns coach Hue Jackson to join Bengals staff
The 53-year-old coach has history with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and with the Cincinnati franchise. Jackson was Lewis' wide receivers coach from 2004 to 2006. After one season as the Oakland Raiders head coach in 2010, Jackson returned to the Cincy coaching staff for four seasons, during which he was a secondary assistant, special teams coach, running backs coach and offensive coordinator.

Cincinnati Bengals fire defensive coordinator Teryl Austin
Austin, 53, was in his first season with the team, and the unit looked shockingly bad at times. Not only did it fall to last in almost every defensive category, but it is also approaching historically bad levels. The team is on pace to break the 2012 Saints' record for most yards allowed in a season and is also the first team in the Super Bowl era to give up at least 500 yards in three straight games.

Does Cincinnati Bengals' historically bad defense have a fix?
Less than a month after the Bengals were embarrassed in a 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, they came up with another stinker of a game on Sunday, falling 51-14 to the New Orleans Saints in a performance so bad that many fans at Paul Brown Stadium gave up and left at halftime.

Paul Daugherty on New Orleans Saints beatdown of Cincinnati Bengals
Before this once-hopeful Cincinnati Bengals season crashes in a finger-pointing, opportunity-missing, skepticism-furthering pile of same-as-it-ever-was, the defense needs to figure something out. Anything. Soon, preferably now.

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