The words that Bengals fans have been dying to hear for years have finally come from the front office as the team parts ways with their offensive coordinator. It looks as if Palmer’s attempt to get changes might have gotten through to the owner as the Bengals are looking to make even more changes. The interesting part is the Bengals couldn’t fire him before the senior bowl for fear they wouldn’t get to coach in it, but once they were done with the game they immediately cut ties from their OC.
Statement from Marvin Lewis: “After reviewing our season in depth, we’ve decided it’s best for the team to make changes at this time.”
It will be interesting to see if more changes are in store and if the move convinces Palmer to lay off his trade demand. Regardless, this is a very big moment for the Bengals and they can now begin to move forward under a new direction.
With the Bengals official sacrificial lamb gone even more heat will be on Palmer and Lewis to succeed in 2011 (that is if, you know, there is actually a season in 2011).
Update: Bengals figure to hire from outside the organization which is another great piece of news. Queue the talk of Childress to Cincy talk.