Bengals need a linebacker, but what if a QB is there?
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick looked around the locker room on the first day of the Bengals' voluntary workouts and noted that not all that much had changed.
Bengals Draft Preview Capsule
11. CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-10)
LAST SEASON: Third straight losing season and another significant attendance decline ended coach Marvin Lewis' run at 16 seasons. Rams QB coach Zac Taylor takes...
CINCINNATI (AP) — Zac Taylor got up early Tuesday and headed to Paul Brown Stadium for his first meeting with his new team, one that was watching closely to see how the 35-year-old coach would...
Bengals hire Giants’ Lou Anarumo as defensive coordinator
CINCINNATI (AP) — Lou Anarumo was working on the New York Giants' offseason plans when he got a call from an old friend from Miami. Zac Taylor wondered if he would be interested in discussing the...
Bengals hire 3 assistant coaches, continue youth movement
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals hired Jemal Singleton from the Raiders on Monday to serve as their running backs coach, part of their latest moves to fill out Zac Taylor's staff.
They also added Joey Boese as strength and conditioning coach, and hired high school coach Doug Rosfeld as director of coaching operations.
With wait over, Bengals hire Zac Taylor as coach
CINCINNATI (AP) — After 16 years without a playoff win under Marvin Lewis, the Bengals decided to try something different. But they had to wait more than a month before hiring Zac Taylor as their next coach in hopes of ending a long streak of futility.
Taylor's already been in town enough to know the history.
Head-coaches-in-waiting Taylor, Flores focused on Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — Quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor isn't allowed to talk about what will happen next week after the Los Angeles Rams' trip to the Super Bowl is over and the Cincinnati Bengals hire their next head coach.
Brian Flores, the New England Patriots' unofficial defensive coordinator, says it would be disrespectful for him to discuss what's going on with his own career until next week, when the Miami Dolphins make their own head coaching hire.
Ravens Martindale takes pride in running NFL’s top defense
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Making the most of a second chance, Don Martindale has done an impressive job assembling and directing the top-ranked defense in the NFL.
Combining an aggressive array of blitzes with bold coverage in the backfield, Martindale has added his name to the long list of accomplished Ravens defensive coordinators that includes Marvin Lewis, Rex Ryan, Chuck Pagano and Dean Pees.
Former Broncos coach Joseph set to interview for Bengals job
CINCINNATI (AP) — Former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph will interview for Cincinnati's job this week as the Bengals begin their search for Marvin Lewis' replacement.
Joseph will be in Cincinnati on Thursday and Friday to talk to owner Mike Brown and members of the front office. The Bengals' familiarity with Joseph works in his favor. Joseph was the defensive backs coach under Lewis in 2014-15.
Broncos kick off coaching search with Chuck Pagano
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway's search for his fourth coach in six seasons began with former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, a native of Boulder, Colorado, on Wednesday.
Next Bengals coach inherits roster ready for big change
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals owner Mike Brown must decide whether to bring in another newcomer to coach his team, or return to his pattern of trusting someone he already knows well.
Whoever gets the job will inherit a roster on the cusp of significant change.
Players hate to see coaches fired, but at least they’re paid
DENVER (AP) — Every year, while a dozen NFL head coaches are preparing their teams for the playoffs, nearly as many coaches are called into their general manager's office and told they're fired for not being one of those dozen coaches who are preparing their teams for the playoffs.
Eight coaches lost their jobs in 2018, including Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and Hue Jackson in Cleveland, long before the holidays rolled around.
NFL head coaching positions a slippery ride
Sean Payton despises the term "Black Monday." And he's one of the coaches who always survives it.
Six head coaches were fired as the NFL season concluded, four of them on Monday. Two, Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and Hue Jackson in Cleveland, didn't even make it that far.
Bengals fire coach Marvin Lewis after 16th season
CINCINNATI (AP) — The surprise isn't that Marvin Lewis is gone, but that it took so long for the Bengals to make the change.
Lewis arrived in 2003 and elevated one of the NFL's most forlorn franchises to respectability, but couldn't take it to the next level. He was fired Monday after his 16th season of failing to win a playoff game.
Now, owner Mike Brown will decide whether to bring in an outsider who will shake things up, or stay the course with someone who is familiar.
Bengals clinch last place, adding intrigue to Lewis’ fate
CINCINNATI (AP) — A lackluster showing in Cleveland consigned the Bengals to last place for only the second time in coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons and added another twist to Cincinnati's futile and fan-alienating season.
Bengals clinch last-place finish with 26-18 loss to Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) — Marvin Lewis spent about 60 seconds summing up his team's latest loss. Hue Jackson was nowhere to be found.
At this point, there's not much left to say — the Cincinnati Bengals are a mess.
Eliminated Bengals have 2 games before coaching decision
CINCINNATI (AP) — A win over equally downtrodden Oakland ended the Bengals' five-game losing streak, but it couldn't prevent them from being eliminated from the postseason for a third straight year.
Their final two weeks will amount to playing it out before addressing the franchise's overriding question.
- The Washington TimesHue Jackson could succeed Marvin Lewis as Bengals coach: ReportNovember 25, 2018
- Norfolk Daily NewsCincinnati Bengals fire defensive coordinator Teryl AustinNovember 13, 2018
- Idaho State JournalBengals in the NFL: Last-second field goal lifts Marvin Lewis' Bengals past Dirk Koetter's BuccaneersOctober 30, 2018
Bengals end 5-game losing streak, beat Raiders 30-16
CINCINNATI (AP) — An entire month had come and gone without even one win, leaving the Bengals in their deepest drought since 2010.
Joe Mixon provided just enough to give the sparse crowd a reason to cheer at the end of their final home game.
Bengals try to maintain slim chance vs looking-ahead Raiders
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon had one of the best games of his career in yet another Bengals loss — making it seven of their past eight, and counting. He sees no reason to slow down even as another season slips away in Cincinnati.
"Right now, we are down but we ain't out, so that's how I'm approaching it," the second-year running back said. "I'm going to approach it like we're in."
Bengals’ hopeful season has crashed into last place
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeff Driskel was better in his second NFL start. Joe Mixon ran for more than 100 yards. A historically bad defense held its own after a rough start.
With all that, the Bengals still couldn't get the one thing they really need.
"Need a win, and everything's better," coach Marvin Lewis said Monday.
They haven't had one of those since October, leaving Cincinnati (5-8) in a freefall that's taken it from the top of the AFC North all the way to the bottom.
Bengals-Chargers Preview Capsule
CINCINNATI (5-7) at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (9-3)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE - Chargers by 14 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Bengals 5-7, Chargers 7-5
SERIES RECORD - Chargers lead 20-15
LAST MEETING - Bengals beat Chargers, 20-15, Sept. 20, 2015
LAST WEEK - Bengals lost to Broncos 24-10; Chargers beat Steelers 33-30
AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 27, Chargers No. 6
BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (28), PASS (18).
BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (31).
Bengals keep getting shredded as season slips away
CINCINNATI (AP) — The desperation was evident when coach Marvin Lewis fired his defensive coordinator and installed himself in the role the rest of the way.
Another season was slipping away. There was no more time to lose.
"Game day will be different for me," Lewis said three weeks ago. "It will be a different approach, and it'll be fun."
Bengals drubbed by Browns 35-20 as free fall continues
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis exuded confidence when he fired his defensive coordinator and assumed leadership of the NFL's worst defense. All he's gotten is two more losses that have essentially scuttled Cincinnati's fading hopes.
The Bengals are free falling, with no sign of slowing down. And now their starting quarterback is hurt, too.
Hue Again? Browns set to face former coach Jackson, Bengals
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — While the Browns relaxed during the bye week, their fired former coach went back to work.
Hue Jackson's got a new gig.
And this strange season in Cleveland will take another odd turn Sunday when the Browns face the Bengals and Jackson, who somehow survived an 0-16 season and was only briefly unemployed before being hired last week as a special assistant to Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis.
Now what? Fourth loss in 5 games leaves Bengals in free fall
CINCINNATI (AP) — Head coach Marvin Lewis fired the defensive coordinator and installed himself in a dual role. Bengals players talked about their trip to Baltimore as a pivotal moment in the season, almost a last-stand opportunity. They wound up getting run over.
Bengals seek answers after loss to Ravens drops them to .500
BALTIMORE (AP) — A once-promising season is spiraling dangerously out of control, and the Cincinnati Bengals can't even agree on the proper path to turning themselves back into a postseason contender.
There's no doubt that the defense has to get better. Yet the offense hasn't exactly been racking up the points without injured wide receiver A.J. Green.
"That's an individual that we need," Bengals safety Shawn Williams said.
Bengals, Ravens have issues heading into pivotal clash
BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco's sore right hip means Ravens coach John Harbaugh may have to wait until Sunday before deciding who to start at quarterback in a pivotal game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Harbaugh's options are Flacco, an ailing 11-year veteran; Lamar Jackson, a rookie who's never made an NFL start; or Robert Griffin III, who's been inactive every game this season.
Bengals’ Lewis back to doing what he loves: running defense
CINCINNATI (AP) — The joy shows on Marvin Lewis' face. The Bengals coach is back to doing what he loves — running a defense.
Can his return to his football roots save his team from another ignominious season? Will the 16th-year head coach get burned out doing two demanding jobs? And can he really make much of a difference on a defense that's sapped by injuries and depending upon youth?
Hue Jackson back with Bengals in unscripted coaching role
CINCINNATI (AP) — Hue Jackson was talking to reporters outside Paul Brown Stadium when quarterback Andy Dalton yelled at him that practice was about to begin.
Just like old times.
The former Bengals offensive coordinator is back in town, though this time dabbling in the other side of the playbook — well, mostly. How that part plays out is an interesting subplot as the Bengals (5-4) make one final push to save their at-risk season.
An unusual coaching arrangement for desperate times.
Hue Jackson back in Cincinnati, helping to run defense
CINCINNATI (AP) — Hue Jackson needed only a few weeks to land another job in the place where he's always welcomed.
The Bengals hired Jackson on Tuesday as a special assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis as he tries to resurrect Cincinnati's historically bad defense. Jackson was fired by the Cleveland Browns last month after he won only three games in three seasons as head coach.
AP Source: Former Browns coach Jackson returning to Bengals
CLEVELAND (AP) — Hue Jackson's timeout from coaching didn't last long.
Fired last month after a brutal run with the Browns, Jackson will rejoin Cincinnati's staff under Marvin Lewis, a person familiar with the hiring told The Associated Press on Monday night.
Bengals fire defensive coordinator, Jackson re-joining staff
CINCINNATI (AP) — Marvin Lewis got the Bengals' head coaching job because of his reputation for defensive excellence. He's now in charge of trying to resuscitate a historically bad unit and pulling Cincinnati's season back from the brink.
Sean Payton says Bengals will be paid for broken fire alarm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says he broke a blaring fire alarm in visitor's locker room at Cincinnati's Paul Brown stadium and that he intends to ensure the repairs are paid for.
Payton says it would be "a little sensationalist" to say he "destroyed" the fire alarm and that the act was not intended as a motivational ploy.
Bengals come out of bye missing top receiver A.J. Green
CINCINNATI (AP) — The black stool rested upside-down in A.J. Green's locker — not a site the Bengals wanted to see coming out of their bye week .
Bucs out of tailspin, Bengals in 1 as midpoint approaches
CINCINNATI (AP) — With their defense unable to stop anybody, the Buccaneers fired their coordinator and got a better showing — and a slump-busting win — the next time out.
The Bengals won't be doing anything so drastic, even though they've got significant issues that came to the forefront during their second-worst drubbing under coach Marvin Lewis. All they can do is hope players get healthy and things get better before it all slips away.
Bengals’ challenge: Get over yet another prime-time meltdown
CINCINNATI (AP) — Marvin Lewis went to sit in his chair and realized someone had lowered it. The chair didn't cooperate as he struggled to get it to a comfortable level.
"I guess that's what happens when you get beat up," the Bengals coach joked.
Bengals’ banged-up D gets high-flying Chiefs in prime time
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marvin Lewis flipped on tape of the Kansas City Chiefs this week and saw Tyreek Hill moving all over the field, Kareem Hunt bulldozing for first downs, Travis Kelce making acrobatic catches, and Patrick Mahomes delivering the ball to all of them.
Then he was asked what worries him most about facing the Chiefs on Sunday night.
"Everything," Lewis said, adding a halfhearted laugh.
Bengals’ message: Don’t lose your cool against the Steelers
CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis routinely shows his Bengals players video of egregious conduct from around the league as a way of trying to keep them in line. Exhibit A would be their game last December against the Steelers.
Young Bengals trying to end Steelers’ domination of rivalry
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick knows what it's like to think that victory is only a few seconds away, only to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers rally for another improbable win, and run off the field as thousands of their fans twirl towels in the stands.
Many of Kirkpatrick's teammates haven't been on the sideline for those blow-to-the-gut finishes, which might work to the Bengals' advantage on Sunday as they revisit a rivalry that's more of a horror story for Cincinnati.
Young Bengals team finding ways to pull ’em out at the end
CINCINNATI (AP) — Since blowing a late lead to the Steelers during their first-round playoff loss in the 2015 season, the Bengals have been known for coming up short at the end of close games.
A young defense with a knack for turnovers is changing Cincinnati's style.
Burfict back at practice with Bengals as suspension ends
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis knew that linebacker Vontaze Burfict was back when he felt his feet leave the floor.
Burfict, who has been suspended repeatedly in his career, rejoined the team after completing a four-game ban for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers. He made quite an entrance.
Bengals run defense stumbles in 31-21 loss to Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals had limited their first two opponents to 141 rushing yards. That made what happened in their third game all the more surprising.
Christian McCaffrey ran for a career-best 184 yards and the Panthers piled up 230 yards on the ground and got two rushing scores from Cam Newton on Sunday in a 31-21 victory .
Dalton, Bengals look to stay unbeaten against Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Bengals have their offense revving in high gear.
Cincinnati has put up 34 points in back-to-back games to open the season, although quarterback Andy Dalton said they haven't played a perfect game.
"We left some stuff out there," Dalton said. "We can definitely improve and get better. (But) if we're saying that and scoring 34 points, that's a good thing."
Bullock perfect on kicks, gets 2-year extension from Bengals
CINCINNATI (AP) — While Minnesota and Cleveland changed kickers after only two games, the Bengals gave Randy Bullock a two-year contract extension for his perfect start.
He's made every field goal and extra-point attempt, helping the Bengals remain unbeaten.
The seventh-year kicker has settled into the job after beating out fifth-round draft pick Jake Elliott last year, prompting the Bengals (2-0) to offer the contract extension through 2020. He signed it on Tuesday.
CINCINNATI (2-0) at CAROLINA (1-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m., ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Panthers by 3
RECORD VS SPREAD — Cincinnati 2-0, Carolina 1-1
SERIES RECORD — Tied 2-2-1
LAST MEETING — Bengals and Panthers tied 37-37, Oct. 12, 2014
LAST WEEK — Bengals beat Ravens 34-23; Panthers lost to Falcons 31-24
AP PRO32 RANKING — Bengals No. 10, Panthers No. 12
BENGALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (17), PASS (17)
BENGALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (27), RUSH (3), PASS (30)
PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (5), PASS (20)
Dalton throws 4 TD passes, leads Bengals over Ravens 34-23
CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton has turned into a big pain for the Baltimore Ravens.
He threw four touchdown passes on Thursday night — three of them to A.J. Green — as the Cincinnati Bengals got ahead big and held on for a 34-23 victory that left them alone atop the AFC North.
It's an unaccustomed spot for Cincinnati, which is off to its first 2-0 start since it won the division title in 2015.
Ravens, Bengals back together after last season’s thriller
CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton came to the line on fourth-and-12 from the Baltimore 49-yard line.
He knew it could be the final play of the Bengals' losing season — and maybe of Marvin Lewis' coaching career in Cincinnati, too.
The 70,507 fans at M&T Bank Stadium were on their feet, cheering for one more defensive stop that would put the Ravens back in the playoffs.
Bengals overcome mistakes, hold on for 34-23 win at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marvin Lewis expects his defense to play aggressively.
It also comes with a danger — as the Cincinnati Bengals found out Sunday.
They overcame the first-quarter ejection of safety Shawn Williams and three more personal foul calls during the season opener to hold on for a 34-23 victory after Williams' replacement jarred the ball loose and returned a fumble 83 yards for a touchdown with 24 seconds left at Indianapolis
Backup QB Matt Barkley hurt as Bengals lose to Colts 27-26
CINCINNATI (AP) — For the second year in a row, the Bengals lost a backup quarterback in the final preseason game.
Matt Barkley's left knee was injured by a low hit after he threw a pass during Cincinnati's 27-26 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night, giving Jeff Driskel the inside track for the backup spot.
"It's a bummer Matt went down," said Driskel, who knows how it feels.