After a two-win campaign in Zac Taylor’s first season in 2019, the Bengals had one of their most-impactful offseasons in team history.
Adding talent all over the field with No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow being the biggest name brought to Cincinnati, the Queen City was preparing for a resurgence from the Bengals.
That’s not what they got.
The Bengals are entering a matchup with the Ravens in Week 17 with just three wins and a tie, a few of which the team would’ve been better off losing.
That said, although more changes in personnel are likely to come, the Bengals are reportedly parting ways with yet another coach. This time, according to Elise Jesse of AllBengals, it is wide receiver coach Bob Bicknell.
The Bengals are also parting ways with wide receivers coach, Bob Bicknell, per sources. @AllBengals— Elise Jesse (@EliseJesseTV) January 3, 2021
Bicknell was graced with one of the league’s best receiving corps. Rookie Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green lined the field for the Bicknell-led corps. Higgins stood out, but it may have been Green who felt underused and disrespected.
With Green in a contract season and potentially leaving this offseason, this could either be a move to add someone that may favor the veteran star or a coach that can come in and grow with this electric receiving unit full of potential.
The 51-year-old has been in the NFL since 2007 with various positions at multiple organizations. He also had a one-year stint with the Baylor Bears. He’s been with the Bengals since 2018, tying his longest-tenured position at the NFL level.
He wasn’t the only one that will not be making a comeback in 2021. We’ve written on how OL coach Jim Turner, DL coach Nick Eason, and defensive assistant Gerald Chatman not returning in 2021. And RBs coach Jemal Singleton is leaving to take a job with the Kentucky Wildcats, so there’s at least five new assistant coaches Cincinnati will have next season.