That probably won’t be the case again this offseason. After a slippery start to the season, Anarumo’s defense is playing the way everyone expected it to, limiting the “scary” 49ers offense to just 17 points.
“Tony Romo said on the CBS broadcast, ‘Lou Anarumo, you are gonna be a head coach next year’…and he’s right. He probably should have been one this year. That’s okay. The D is clicking and @Bengals fans are just fine with him in Cincinnati. ”
– @PSchrags pic.twitter.com/FOdqsREyX6
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) October 30, 2023
Seven of those points came late in the game during what’s known as garbage time. The Bengals allow the 12th-fewest passing yards and have the third-most interceptions through seven games this season, both stats according to NFL.com.
This is probably Lou Anarumo’s final year with the Bengals
The reason Anarumo didn’t end up getting a head coaching job last year was probably simply that there weren’t all that many jobs available.
It was a weird situation where only five teams were searching for a new head coach. There should be more in 2024 and Anarumo will more than likely be a top candidate for one of the vacant jobs.
If this ends up being Anarumo’s swan song in Cincinnati, hopefully the Bengals can make the most of it by finally getting a Super Bowl victory. If not, it’ll be hard to find a defensive coordinator who has brought as much to this defensive group as Anarumo.
It’ll be a tough loss but that’s the crappy part of having a good team — Other teams want to steal your coordinators away.