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Ex-Bengal coach shares blame for playoff debacle

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Posted at 2:02 AM, Jan 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-31 08:17:30-05

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — More than two weeks into a new job with a new team, former Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph is still stewing about the way his season ended.

The Bengals lost in the first round of the playoffs when cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones and linebacker Vontaze Burfict drew personal foul penalties in the last minute, allowing the Steelers to kick a field goal and win 18-16.

Joseph, who left Cincinnati to become Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator, accepted partial blame for the Bengals' debacle, which reinforced their reputation as a team that can't keep it together in the big games under coach Marvin Lewis.

"We had two penalties that cost us the football game, and that's both on coaches and on players," Joseph said at his first Dolphins news conference. "Adam is an emotional player. ... I feel responsible. I feel bad for Marvin and ownership that it happened, because that was going to be an historic win for the Bengals. As a coach you feel responsible — that's my guy. That shouldn't have happened. That's wrong."

Joseph spoke publicly for the first time since being hired by new head coach Adam Gase. Now he will be working to help end the Dolphins' seven-year playoff drought.