The Bengals fired offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski on Monday, Mortensen reports. There has been speculation about coaching changes for weeks, and Cincinnati finally made a significant move at the conclusion of the Bengals' staff coaching in the Senior Bowl. Cincinnati had a lot of weapons on offense but mostly underachieved during an abysmal 4-12 season.
Several questions come to mind now that Bratkowski is out.
First, what does this mean for quarterback Carson Palmer, who demanded a trade and threatened to retire? Is a coaching change enough to convince him to stay? Also, who will be Bratkowski's replacement and will tailback Cedric Benson return? Benson and Bratkowski butted heads this season, and Benson said he wouldn't re-sign unless Bratkowski was out.
We're headed to Steelers headquarters to do some interviews in preparation for Super Bowl XLV. But we will keep an eye on these developments in Cincinnati throughout the week.