Austin Davis is in. J. Football is out. For now. And while that is breaking news in Cleveland, it is same old, same old in Cincinnati as Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis prepares for the Browns' 15th different starting quarterback in his 13th year of the series Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 19) on the lake.
Lewis' mantra: worry about your own defense and not about their offense.
"They have their offense. Quarterbacks have different styles, but plays are plays," said safety George Iloka before practice. "We know the personnel. Whoever goes in there at any point, we'll be ready. They aren't going to change their whole playbook in five days because they've got a new quarterback. I expect the receivers to run the same plays they ran last game and throughout the year with some wrinkles here and there. If we do what we have to do, it doesn't matter who the quarterback is."
Cornerback Adam Jones is wary of the Browns targets with wide receiver Travis Benjamin and tight end Gary Barnidge proving more than worthy. And he says rookie running back Duke Johnson "can cut on a dime," and "runs with a lot of confidence." Whatever Cleveland concocts with Austin, Jones says the Bengals have to counter.
"It's the NFL baby. Got to be prepared. By halftime time we'll make all the adjustments when we see what (their) game plan is," Jones said. "I'm leaning toward our coaches because I know they'll put us in the right spot."
In the last eight quarters the Bengals have played the Browns and quarterback Johnny Manziel, they've held Cleveland to 10 points and an average of 160 yards in the two games.
Here is Lewis' record against each Browns QB. Charlie Frye and Colt McCoy are tied with the most losses against the Bengals with three and Derek Anderson and Brian Hoyer are the only Browns quarterbacks to win twice against Lewis:
Tim Couch 1-1, Jeff Garcia 0-1, Kelly Holcomb 1-0, Trent Dilfer 1-0, Charlie Frye 3-0, Derek Anderson 2-2, Ken Dorsey 1-0, Brady Quinn 1-0, Seneca Wallace 0-1, Colt McCoy 3-0, Brandon Weeden 1-1, Brian Hoyer 0-2, Jason Campbell 1-0, Johnny Manziel 2-0. TOTALS: 17-8 HUE'S QUICK HITS:Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, a Los Angeles native, admitted after Wednesday's practice that he was cold out there. To many, 45 degrees on Dec. 2 is balmy. But for Jackson, the chill means many things. His players tell him from time to time, "It's turnt-up time," and that's what Jackson told them Wednesday morning. December football is pre-cursor to January football.
There is more to come later on that score from Jackson, but here are some post practice quick hits as he talked enthusiastically about two of his major cold war weapons, running back Jeremy Hill and fullback Ryan Hewitt:
-He says Hewitt is the best fullback in the NFL because of his toughness and versatility" "You can put him anywhere."
-Off running back Jeremy Hill's best game of the season, Jackson said he had a talk with him Saturday. He wouldn't divulge the topics discussed but said, "I liked his focus."
-On Wednesday morning Jackson showed the offense wide receiver Mohamed Sanu's block on Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins last Sunday that sprung wide receiver Marvin Jones for a 30-yard run on a reverse: "Oh my God. Did he ever block? That was one thing I showed the team. It wasn't about the run. It was about the block. He wiped that guy out. And that's what it's about. You have to play like that for each other, and that's something we're selling." INJURY UPDATE:Cornerback Adam Jones (foot), tight end Tyler Eifert (stinger), linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (ankle) and backup corner Chris Lewis-Harris (rib) didn't practice Wednesday. All but Jones got dinged last Sunday and didn't appear to be seriously hurt. Lamur was the only one that went to the rehab field.
Also out were left tackle Andrew Whitworth and slot corner Leon Hall, who usually take Wednesday off. Whitworth was in sweats on the field, but Hall couldn't be found out there and he was designated not with a rest day but with a back issue. The Bengals want to keep a close eye on that because the back kept him out of the Oct. 18 win in Buffalo.
Hill worked after leaving Sunday in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Safety George Iloka (groin) was limited.
The Browns had three regulars sit out with a concussion Wednesday in cornerback Joe Haden and wide receivers Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel. Haden has missed five of the last six games, Hawkins three of the last four, and Gabriel sat Monday night. Starting right end Randy Starks (knee), starting left guard Joel Bitonio (ankle) and starting outside backer Nate Orchard (groin) were limited after Starks and Bitonio didn't play Monday night.
Cincinnati Bengals host St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium in week 12 of the regular season.