MINNEAPOLIS (AP)Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is not ready to concede the end of his second-longest tenure in the league. ESPN reported Sunday before the game at Minnesota Womens Preston Brown Jersey
, citing unnamed league sources, that the 59-year-old Lewis does not want to return to Cincinnati after his contract expires following a 15th season with the Bengals. Lewis steadfastly denied that in his postgame news conference after a 34-7 defeat by the Vikings , dismissing the story as recycled from the summer and irrelevant to the team’s second straight lackluster performance. ”It’s just speculation people keep throwing out there,” Lewis said. ”We’re all wasting time talking about it.” Only New England’s Bill Belichick, by three more years, has concurrently been with the same team longer than Lewis and the Bengals. ”I have not made any decisions about anything, I’ve told you how many times,” Lewis said. With an 0-7 record for Lewis in the playoffs, speculation swirled at the start of the season that this could be his final year in Cincinnati. The Bengals (5-9) will miss the postseason for a second straight time, having lost their last two games by a combined 67-14. ”To change would hurt, but guys have enough professionalism to know with a new coach coming in Womens Trey Hopkins Jersey
, you pick up your jock straps, continue to practice and prove to the next coach that you can play,” wide receiver Brandon LaFell said. The Bengals were well aware of the report once they reached the stadium, but Lewis didn’t acknowledge it until after the game. His record with the Bengals fell to 123-119-3 including the playoffs. ”It didn’t affect us,” wide receiver A.J. Green said. ”We’re all professional here. We all get paid to do a job, no matter what happens.” After yet another grueling loss to bitter rival Pittsburgh on Dec. 4 made possible by a squandered two-touchdown halftime lead at home, the Bengals have played like they’ve given up despite the insistence of some players to the contrary. Even if Lewis is being truthful about a desire to return to the Bengals, he might not be offered a new deal at this point. The patience of long-time owner Mike Brown can only go so far with a franchise that has not won a postseason game since 1990, the longest active streak in the NFL and the sixth-longest in history. ”We’re 4-10. What do you think is going to happen at the end of the season?” defensive end Carlos Dunlap said, inadvertently discounting his team’s record by one game. ”We’ll see. We’ll figure it out.” As if there wasn’t enough to be frustrated about, Lewis and the Bengals also lost to Mike Zimmer Joe Mixon Jersey White
, their former defensive coordinator. ”A lot of those players over there on defense were at one time my guys, so there was some emotions there,” said Zimmer, who was hired by the Vikings in 2014. ”You always want to do good against your former team, but like I said during I tried this week to see numbers and not faces.” Zimmer still maintains a rural retreat in northern Kentucky, his vacation home for those rare breaks from the NFL grind. Lewis visited Zimmer at the ranch during Minnesota’s bye week earlier this season, and Zimmer said Lewis didn’t mention any disinterest in leaving the Bengals. ”But if it is the case, Marvin is an unbelievable person, a great mentor, a great, great football coach Womens Darqueze Dennard Jersey
,” Zimmer said. ”I hope that’s not the case, because the NFL would be losing a great, great coach.” — With the season slipping away, the Bengals are turning back to Andy Dalton to try to get that elusive first win.Coach Zac Taylor announced Monday that Dalton was returning as the starting quarterback, ending a three-week experiment with rookie Ryan Finley running the offense. Finley completed only 47 percent of his passes and the offense failed to score more than 13 points in any game.The move came a day after a 16-10 loss to the Steelers in which Finley fumbled twice.The Bengals (0-11) are the NFL’s only winless team as they get ready to host the Jets (4-7), who have won three straight. The 11-game losing streak in one season is the longest in franchise history. Their best chance to avoid an 0-16 season is to go with an 11-year veteran quarterback instead of a rookie.“We just want to win, and that veteran presence he has will certainly be helpful through all the things we've experienced on offense,” Taylor said.Dalton wasn’t available after the decision was announced. When he was benched after an 0-8 start, he complained that the Bengals didn’t leave time before the trade deadline to explore a deal with a team that needed a starter.Taylor said there have been no residual hard feelings between them.“It was hard for him to hear when we made the change initially, but just being the person he is, he’s somebody that I was able to communicate with the last couple of weeks Womens Cordy Glenn Jersey
,” Taylor said. “He didn’t just turn a cold shoulder to me.”And so, the Finley experiment is finished.The Bengals set themselves up for more losses when they installed the fourth-round pick as the starter, saying they wanted to use the rest of the season to see how he fits into their long-term plans. Finley hadn’t played a snap in the regular season and hadn’t even practiced with the starting offense.It was clear the Bengals were on the path to a winless season.“Right now, we had to make this move,” Taylor said.WHAT'S WORKINGThe defense has been better the past two weeks, allowing only 17 and 16 points. The line has been more disruptive, and end Carlos Dunlap has started making an impact. Dunlap had six tackles, a sack, and one tackle for a loss against the Steelers. He also tipped a pass that was intercepted.WHAT NEEDS HELPThe offense is still a mess as Dalton returns. The Bengals have been held to 17 points or fewer in eight of the past nine games.“The whole unit has got to do a better job of helping any quarterback we’ve got out there,” Taylor said. “It’s a tough situation for any quarterback right now.”STOCK UPDalton gets to play the final games before heading into an uncertain offseason with one year left on his contract and the Bengals likely to draft a quarterback.STOCK DOWNFinley wanted to show he could be considered a starter in Cincinnati, but he struggled in a no-win situation. Finley threw a pick-6 and had five turnovers in his three games.INJUREDAlex Redmond tore the biceps in his left arm during pregame warmups Sunday and will have surgery http://www.thebengalslockerroom.com/authentic-malik-jefferson-jersey
, ending his season.KEY NUMBERS3, 10, 30, 51 — The number of stadiums, head coaches, starting quarterbacks and seasons that the Bengals went through without losing 11 straight games in a season, until now.NEXT STEPSThe Bengals are two games worse than any other team in the league, leaving them in solid position for the first overall pick in the draft. They face the Jets, the Dolphins (2-9), the Patriots (10-1) and the Browns (5-6) twice down the stretch.