Bengals Offseason List: Part One, Coaching Reset

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Jul 31, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A general view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A general view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Well, here we are. Once again the Bengals have become the running joke of the NFL. In the 90’s it was because of the total lack of a competitive NFL team. Now it is the almost impossible accomplishment of losing five straight times in the NFL wild card round. An accomplishment that rivals the “Four Falls of Buffalo”.

When Jeremy Hill was on the sideline, the only thing that many were thinking was, this guy wasn’t even alive the last time the Bengals won a playoff game. When looking at Marvin Lewis, picture the guy in this mid 30’s coaching linebackers for the Steelers. The now, 80 year old Mike Brown in the owner’s box was a spry 55 year old. The internet was in it’s infancy, and many Bengals fans weren’t even born yet or at least are too young to remember when the Bengals beat the Houston Oilers in 1991.

The team continues to have a strong core group of players and “building blocks”. They continue to have Duke Tobin, their draft czar and sculptor of the roster. So here we are, Marvin Lewis reboot 2.5. Several new, but experienced, faces join the coaching staff and an influx of youth on the roster will usher in yet another run at that elusive playoff win. Now say it with me, “there’s always next year”, the never ending Bengal fan motto and let’s look at where we go from here. Part 1 coaching changes.

Next: The Coaching Carousel

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