Paul Guenther is on Thin Ice

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Nov 30, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defnesuve coordinator Paul Guenther reacts during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 30, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defnesuve coordinator Paul Guenther reacts during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Paul Guenther is on Thin Ice
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Both Marvin Lewis and Paul Guenther are on thin ice and will be in hot water if the defense doesn’t improve this week. Can they get the job done?

Guenther Could Be Gone

The Bengals lackluster defense has Paul Guenther standing on a thin sheet of ice that is already cracking.  

Preseason prognostications had the Bengals defense being a strong point for a team that lost offensive weapons.  However, the lack of defensive production has placed even more pressure on an offense with its own struggles.  Guenther stands under the ever-growing shadow of Mike Zimmer and is wilting away as if standing in the scorching sun.  The success of Zimmer in Minnesota isn’t a fair comparison.  With a more talented defensive roster, the Vikings are much stronger than the Bengals.  Yet, life isn’t fair and neither is Football.

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The implosion of the Bengals defense in the Playoffs last year has left shrapnel wounds to this day.  Both Guenther and Marvin Lewis lost control of their players and looked inept at managing in-game emotional issues against the Steelers.  Fast forwarding to the current season reveals a team failing at in-game management and halftime adjustments.  Again, these failures are ultimately on Marvin Lewis but begin with Paul Guenther.  Facing the rookie-led attack of the Cowboys should have allowed Guenther a schematic advantage.  However, it looked like the rookies knew what was coming and were one step ahead, the entire game.  If Guenther wants to save his job he must, in turn, save this season.

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