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With the regular season nearing its end, coaching changes are soon to come around the league. In addition to head coaches losing their jobs, there will be turnover in the assistant-coaching ranks. Multiple coaching staffs will likely look vastly different in a few weeks.
That isn’t likely to be the case in Cincinnati, where head coach Marvin Lewis will soon be marking a full 10 years on the job. Seven Bengals assistants have been on the staff for the duration of his tenure. The defensive coordinator, Mike Zimmer, is in his fifth season, with offensive coordinator Jay Gruden in his second year; both are reportedly under contract through 2014, as is Lewis.
Internally, such continuity is viewed to hold some advantages for the Bengals. Expectations are clear among the staff, the way we hear it. The Bengals also have a clear idea of the type of players they want, said one team source.
“New coaches want new-style players to suit their techniques,” the insider said. “We've been able to ‘reload’ easily every year.”
Lewis’ tenure in Cincinnati hasn’t been without its lean years, but the Bengals have nicely retooled their roster in recent seasons, and a playoff berth in 2012 would be their third in four seasons. Should that happen, it would reflect well on a coaching staff that has had uncommon stability.