It's worth quoting Daugherty again, with emphasis added:
The 2017 story could be written as soon as Game 6 at Pittsburgh. Lose to the Bills and Steelers, drop to 1-5 and say goodbye in advance to MLewis and his entire staff. (Excepting Paul Alexander, whom I believe is a Bengal coach-for-life if he so chooses.) Win two, get right back in the game. Split two (the most likely scenario) stare down the barrel of a 2-4 start and a probable need to finish 8-2 to make January. Anyone see this team winning eight of 10 in this league?
Wrong on both counts. Marvin Lewis's job was not in any jeopardy and Paul Alexander's was. For Doc to be so completely wrong, it only goes to show: nobody outside of the organization has any freakin' idea what's really going on the inside.
Also see Shefter, Adam; Rapaport, Ian. Better yet, see Dehner Jr., Paul; Owczarski, Jim.
To get to the truth, rather than listen to the scribes, you're much better off being a highly cynical fan.
Bell-cow quarterbacks are like queen bees. Only one can take you to the land of milk and honey.
~ What Mike Brown should have said, versus what he did say.