The Cincinnati Bengals have fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, just one day after the team’s 51-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
According to ESPN head coach Marvin Lewis will take over defensive coordinator responsibilities.
The Saints recorded 509 total yards and scored 44 straight points after Cincinnati tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. No defense in NFL history has ever allowed three consecutive 500-yard games, until now. This was the third straight game the Bengals did.
Head coach Lewis had refused to comment on Austin’s job status after Sunday’s loss but the players made it clear that the loss was on them and not their coach.
When linebacker Preston Brown was asked if Austin should be fired he had this to say:
“I hope not. I mean, I love Coach Austin and what he’s doing for our team. We’re the ones playing, so it doesn’t matter what he calls. We’ve got to find a way to get the ball back to the offense, and we’re not doing a good job of that right now.”
Teryl Austin was in his first season with the Bengals. He had spent the previous four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions.