Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on future: 'I have not made any decisions'

Nichole Vega
December 18, 2017

Mike Zimmer was about ready to be done with his quest to become an National Football League head coach, discouraged after so many fruitless interviews.

Safety Shaun Williams intercepted the pass and returned it to the Vikings' 23, marking the first time the Bengals had advanced past the Vikings' 43 all day, and Giovani Bernard's two-yard TD run put Cincinnati on the board.

The Bengals failed to convert a first down in the first quarter, their third straight game with zero first downs in a single quarter.

Teddy Bridgewater made a cross sign, exchanged handshakes with several teammates and stepped into a game for the first time since August 28, 2016, to roars so loud the quarterback had to cup his hands over his ears to hear the play call in his helmet. He reflected on the advice he gave Zimmer nearly four years ago, before the Vikings came after him. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Green has caught at least one touchdown pass in 51 games and has had six games with two scores. "You respected it because he was consistent in how he coached the five-time Pro Bowler to the rookies". He suffered a dislocated knee and a torn ACL when he went down during a noncontact drill at practice just two weeks before the 2016 season was set to begin.

The Bengals will go into Sunday looking to shake off that gloomy atmosphere.

The Vikings had some negative runs that created unfavorable down-and-distance situations, and falling behind forced Minnesota to rely more heavily on the passing game in the second half.

Detroit had 97 rushing yards, and Minnesota had 87 in the Vikings only loss at home this season, which also was the only time that Minnesota has rushed for less than 100 in the stadium's second season. The Bengals lost S George Iloka (shoulder), LT Cedric Ogbuehi (shoulder) and LB Vincent Rey (jaw) during the game to injuries. Griffen has 61 career sacks, good for seventh all-time in franchise history. Minnesota can make it No. 20 with a victory Sunday against the Bengals. Zimmer left his previous job as the Bengals defensive coordinator to become the Vikings head coach.

It's no secret that Bengals owner Mike Brown is close to Jackson, and wanted him to take over for Lewis when the longtime head coach was done.

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