Bengals coaches non-committal on tackle rotation

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Bengals coaches non-committal on tackle rotation

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BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 27: Tyler Eifert #85, Jeremy Hill #32 and Andre Smith #71 of the Cincinnati Bengals line up against the Baltimore Ravens defense at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The unusually hot weather the Cincinnati Bengals faced Sunday in the 27-24 loss at Green Bay is not likely to continue, but the three-man rotation at tackle that it spawned might.

Or it might not.

Both Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor were non-committal regarding the team’s plan moving forward.

“We will evaluate that as we move forward,” Lewis said.

Veteran Andre Smith periodically spelled both left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and right tackle Jake Fisher, who struggled through the preseason and first two games of the regular season.

“I was just happy to be out there, get back to playing football,” said Smith, whose 26 snaps (43 percent) were his most since Week 3 last year in Minnesota.

Ogbuehi played 49 snaps (80 percent), while Fisher logged 47 (77 percent).

“It felt really good to go out there and compete,” Smith added.

When the Bengals signed Smith as a free agent in the spring, the plan was to convert him to guard to fill the void left by Kevin Zeitler. But Trey Hopkins won the job in training camp.

Sunday, the Bengals moved Smith to another spot at left tackle, where he hadn’t played since college.

“I thought even in the practice week he looked pretty natural doing it,” Lazor said. “I asked him, and I don’t think he has too much of a preference. Some guys struggle to go back and forth. He looked pretty natural to me.”

Asked for his opinion on the rotation moving forward, Lazor deferred.

“What did Marvin say? Check the transcript please,” he joked.

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