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Posted Jan. 31, 2011 @ 1:56 p.m. ET
By PFW staff

The Bengals have fired offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, who had been in that position since 2001.

Cincinnati had one of the league's most-talented offenses on paper in 2010, with Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens and a host of young players at the skill positions. Still, the team finished 22nd in the NFL in points per game and finished with a 4-12 record.

Head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters, "After reviewing our season in depth, we've decided it's best for the team to make this change at this time."

The way we see it

Many were surprised that Lewis returned for the 2011 season after a rough year, and the coach had some issues with Bengals management. One of the issues of contention was the ability to choose his own assistants. Apparently owner Mike Brown listened, as the team will make a change at offensive coordinator as it enters an important offseason.

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