CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals coach Marvin LeWIS shut down the question instantly, making it evident he won’t even be talking about the latest addition to his staff — one who’s at an unusual place to iNFLuence the next game.
Only last month, Hue Jackson has been Cleveland’s head coach, intimately involved with the Browns
The intrigue is merely getting started.
The Bengals (5-5) desperately have to beat the Browns (3-6-1) at Paul Brown Stadium to stay relevant in the playoff chase. Theyrsquo;ve installed LeWIS as leader of a unit that is historically bad, fired their defensive coordinator and lost four of five.
Included in this shuffle, a close friend was brought back by him for an opportune moment.
Jackson was fired from the Browns on Oct. 29 after winning just three games in three seasons. LeWIS brought him back to Cincinnati for the third time, creating a part of assistant. Jackson provides tips on the sideline during games and helps develop the weekly game plan.
His input will be especially helpful this week. Jackson knows the Browns’ the players and tendencies ’ weaknesses and strengths.
“This was really particular,” defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. “He knows the players, he knows the staff. They just got a brand new (offensive coordinator), therefore theyrsquo;re probably calling things differently than when (Jackson) left. So you have your advantages there. ”
An additional unique feature to this intrastate matchup: Both head coaches will call the plays. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was raised to interim coach after Jackson has been terminated. LeWIS took over the defensive coordinator responsibilities after Teryl Austin was fired Nov. 12.
“It brings a grin to my head,” Williams said during a conference call. “It’s unique. ”
Jackson dropped to stop and talk about his reunion with Cleveland, referring questions and jogged off the practice field on Wednesday.
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Defensive end Michael Johnson (calf) and safety Shawn Williams (hamstring) were limited.
The Bengals figured they’d upgraded their linebacker group when they signed durable Preston Brown out of Buffalo in the offseason. A ideal ankle injury limited him that he suffered the first match, and he injured his knee during a 51-14 loss. LeWIS said Brown could have operation on his ankle now that he can’t even return this year.