Bengals beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski discuss the team’s decision to fire offensive coordinator Ken Zampese and promote quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor.
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Bengals Xtra is a weekly column from beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski, looking behind the scenes of Bengals football.
Before the Bengals ever kicked off their disastrous opening week on the field, the performance off the field illustrated a concerning trend.
The Bengals and their fans aren’t on the best terms.
Such a fact was apparent in the banks of empty seats at Paul Brown Stadium this past week for the home opener against Baltimore and Thursday night game against Houston.
On Sunday, the Bengals drew 55,254, the smallest crowd for a home opener since the mass season ticket holder exodus following the 2010 season and the second smallest home opener crowd in the Marvin Lewis Era.
The first primetime game of the year sent the number spiraling deeper, with only 52,942 watching the Bengals’ loss. Capacity of PBS is 65,515.
The 84 percent capacity for the opener for tickets distributed ranked as the smallest number for the 15 venues across the NFL – not counting the LA Rams, who have a completely different set of circumstances in the LA Coliseum.
Every team except Washington (86 percent) filled more than 90 percent of their stadium, according to NFL game book attendance figures.
Thursday was the worst attended Bengals game since…
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