He said he did not address the report with the players or assistant coaches before the game.
Lewis came to the Bengals as the ninth coach in franchise history after serving as defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins (2002) and Baltimore Ravens (1996-2001).
On the other side of the ball, the Vikings allowed a season-high 216 rushing yards to the Panthers on 36 carries, which included runs of 60 yards by Jonathan Stewart and 62 by Cam Newton for the longest two plays (run or pass) allowed by Minnesota this season.
Sources say that Jackson and new Browns GM Dorsey really are in synch and that they're not just paying lip service to it.
Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, the linebackers coach when Zimmer departed, is still close to his former mentor and attended his daughter's wedding this summer.
"I live in the present and I build for the future, " said Dorsey. If he does not leave along with Lewis, which is entirely possible, it's safe to assume Guenther will be on owner Mike Brown's initial short list of candidates to become head coach of the Bengals. Yet they haven't clinched either their division or a playoff berth. With right tackle Mike Remmers missing for a fifth straight contest, Rashod Hill again took his spot until a sprained ankle forced left tackle Riley Reiff out in the third quarter and Hill to switch sides, with four-position backup Jeremiah Sirles taking over the right side. Last season, the Browns went just 1-15. While several starters are still recovering from injuries.
They're still hurting this week heading to Minnesota, a place where the Bengals have never been victorious in five previous visits. They will head to Green Bay on Saturday to face a Packers team that might not have much to play for after losing at Carolina in Aaron Rodgers' return, and they'll finish the regular season at home against Chicago on December 30.