Bengals fire defensive coordinator Teryl Austin

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cincinnati Bengals have fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Monday morning. The Bengals make the move mid-way through the season.

Austin’s defense has given up 500 yards or more yards in the past three games. The Bengals are 2-1 in those games.

Former Florida Gators defensive coordinator Teryl Austin during the Orange & Blue Spring game

Teryl Austin during the Orange & Blue Spring game (Getty Images)

Cincinnati loaf 45-10 to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, October 21st. They were then dismantled by the New Orleans Saints, 51-14, on Sunday.

The win came against the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They won 34-31 at home.

The 51 points was the most allowed in a game by a Bengals defense since Week 2 of the 2007 season. They lost 51-45 to the Cleveland Browns in that game.

Cincinnati has only allowed one team to 20 or fewer points. That was in Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins when they won 27-17.

Head coach Marvin Lewis was asked on Sunday if changes needed to be made. He was silent on the matter, according to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell.

“Again, it’s hard to speak for today, we talked about the other things,” Lewis said Sunday. “We need to play better. We need to get off the field on third down. I looked up there at halftime and they were 6-for-6.”

He was again pressed on the matter. However, did not give a direct answer about Austin’s future.

“It’s … again, I’m not gonna get into any observations right now,” he said at the time.

Prior to being hired by the Lions, he was the Baltimore Ravens secondary coach from 2011 through 2013. He was also named the Florida Gators defensive coordinator in 2010.

Austin was the Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach from 2007 through 2009. He also worked as the Seattle Seahawks defensive backs coach from 2003 through 2006.

From 1999 through 2002, he was a defensive assistant for the Michigan Wolverines. He also was a defensive assistant for the Syracuse Orange from 1996 through 1998.

He was the Wake Forest Demon Deacons defensive backs coach from 1993 through 1996. In 1991 and 1992, he was a graduate assistant with the Penn State Nittany Lions.

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