Bratkowski firing may open door for Benson return

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Bengals relieved Bob Bratkowski of his duties as offensive coordinator and the process to fill the position is underway.

Bengals wide receiver Quan Cosby says, "You hate to see someone get fired, that is the nature of business though, and you wish him the best." In the phone interview Cosby went on to say, "Fans could be revived by this move, being in the community as much as I am, I could see fans were down, as well as us. We needed something to be shook, this does that."

On whether or not this move by the Bengals will please quarterback Carson Palmer, Cosby says, "Hopefully this is something that will inspire him to have more faith in the ownership and faith going forward with the Bengals."

The Bengals released the following statement:

"I want to thank Bob for his role in helping us win two division championships," said head coach Marvin Lewis, "but after reviewing our season in depth, we've decided it's best for the team to make this change at this time."

Bratkowski joined the Bengals in 2001 as offensive coordinator and completed his 10th season in the job in 2010.

"Bob is an intelligent coach and as fine an individual as you will find in the profession," said Bengals president Mike Brown. "Though the time is right for us to make a change, I thank him for his service here and wish him the best."

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