“That will be done very expediently, and hopefully we have an opportunity to get Paul back,” Lewis said.
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He said the Bengals will not wait to see how the Guenther situation plays out before looking at possible replacements. And he would not commit to remaining a 4-3 defense.
Lewis also said he understands the fan reaction to both the second consecutive losing season and the news of his extension, but he hopes they will “hang in there.”
“There’s no magic words that way,” he said. “We didn’t meet our expectations at all. So frankly, I understand that. if you’re a fan, then you’re fan. Let’s get on with it and let’s go.”
Alexander’s depature ends a 23-year career with the Bengals.
“I’d like to thank the Bengals for the career of a lifetime as I was honored to coach and work with the tremendous men in this organization,” Alexander said in a statement. “Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis are great men who I love and respect. But, as Coach Jim McNally passed the baton to me 23 years ago, it’s time for me to do the same. It’s just time.”