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Is retaining Lou Anarumo the right move for Bengals?

The eye test suggests unlikely.

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Well the Bengals are making a ton of coaching changes heading into 2021 after the team only managed six wins over two seasons, but one man keeping his job is defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo.

Anarumo’s defense has struggled to play consistently these past two seasons. It was unfortunate that going into this season so many big free agents went out with injury early along with Geno Atkins, who was never really healthy. Those additions were meant to help make that unit more of a strength after it was one of the worst in the NFL in 2019.

We as fans still saw this unit struggle against the top offenses and quarterbacks. There were a few good games where the defense looked marginally better, but they came against Alex Smith, Daniel Jones, Colt McCoy and one of the worst Ben Roethlisberger performances of all time.

This defense almost ended 2020 in a historic fashion when they nearly gifted the Ravens the most rushing yards ever in a single game. Baltimore probably would’ve gotten it if they didn’t pull a lot of their starters as well.

It really is hard to fid good things to say about Anarumo’s time as the head of the defense so far. It is only easy to come up with excuses that so many players have missed time thought the season that were meant to play bigger roles. Maybe Cincinnati expect getting some of those guys healthy will result in a better performance, but it is hard to imagine his seat isn’t going to be scorching.


Do you approve of the Bengals bringing Lou Anarumo back as the defensive coordinator in 2021?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Yes, there were simply too many injuries to properly judge him.
    (68 votes)
  • 85%
    No, the defense has been BAD.
    (2026 votes)
  • 11%
    I’m okay with him returning, but he has to have a short leash.
    (285 votes)
2379 votes total Vote Now