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Bengals fire defensive coordinator after rout by Saints

| Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 12:54 p.m.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) dives in for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) dives in for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) is tackled on the run by Cincinnati Bengals free safety Jessie Bates (30) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) is tackled on the run by Cincinnati Bengals free safety Jessie Bates (30) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

CINCINNATI — The Bengals have fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, a day after their historically bad performance in a 51-14 loss to the Saints.

New Orleans scored on every possession except the last one — when it took a knee in field-goal range — during its rout at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals (5-4) have given up 500 yards in three straight games — a first in the Super Bowl era — and are on pace to give up an NFL record for yards in a season.

It’s the second straight year the Bengals have fired a coordinator during the season. Last year, the Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese after an 0-2 start last year. Coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension after the 2017 season.

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