Rumors are swirling that Marvin Lewis will be fired as Bengals’ coach after this Sunday’s season finale, although he says that he plans to return next season.
After the stupid decisions the team made last week prior to Saturday’s game with the Texans, firing Lewis should almost be a requirement.
First, Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green practiced all week and everyone thought he was fully recovered from a torn hamstring.
Friday night in Houston during a team meeting, Green was summoned out of the room and told he wasn’t going to play after all, and that his season was being shut down to avoid further injury to the hamstring.
Green was reportedly livid, and asked to be sent home so he could spend Christmas Eve with his family in Cincinnati.
Why was Green allowed to practice at full speed all week, only to be shut down the night before the game?
The offensive game plan had to be totally rewritten less than 24 hours before kickoff, and judging by the team’s horrible offensive performance in a 12-10 loss, the rewrite didn’t go well.
Once it was apparent the Bengals weren’t going to make the playoffs several weeks ago, Green should have been placed on IR.
The second stupid decision was starting Cedric Ogbuehi at left tackle when guard Clint Boling was unable to play due to injury.
Ogbuehi had been replaced as the starting right tackle a few weeks earlier because he couldn’t block anybody, so why start him at the blindside tackle against Houston standout defensive end Jadeveon Clowney?
As expected, Clowney dominated Ogbuehi all night as quarterback Andy Dalton was left to run for his life.
If Ogbuehi had to start, he should have been put back at right tackle, not left tackle.
And then there was the foolishness of sticking with a kicker, Mike Nugent, for weeks even though his confidence was shot and he couldn’t make an extra point.
I still find it hard to believe that the Bengals will actually fire Lewis, but I guess there is always hope.
Trivia Time – Former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey won three Super Bowls during his 13-year playing career.
This week’s question – Who is the longest-tenured head coach in the NFL?
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