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‘ match planning. Now rsquo & he;so using Lewis about the Bengals sideline, trying to beat the Browns — a subject that the head coach is trying to put off limits.
“I think I’ve answered enough Hue questions, OK? ” Lewis said with the edge to his tone. “& We ’re done. ”
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. ”
It’s not uncommon to get a team to pick up a player who was released through an opponent that is approaching, however it’s unusual to get rsquo & the other group;s former head coach.
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. ”
It & rsquo; so hard to analyze everything the opposing offense is doing while also running the game, and adapt. That’s where rsquo & Jackson;s presence might be especially helpful on Sunday.
The Browns are coming off a bye week that gave them a chance to add a few things that Jackson won&rsquo.
“Thus that you don’t even need to get caught guessing. However, it’s good to know what they prefer to perform and exactly what they & rsquo; re put up for, therefore that it & rsquo and assembled; s great to get this understanding. ”
Jackson dropped to stop and talk about his reunion with Cleveland, referring questions and jogged off the practice field on Wednesday.
A.J. GETTING CLOSER
Receiver A.J. Green can return against Cleveland. He’s missed the two games with an injured toe on his right foot, and the offense struggled in losses to the Saints and Ravens. Wednesday, green didn & rsquo; t practice, but Lewis said he’ll work out the remainder of the week, aiming to be ready by Sunday.
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.