Pack Your Bags Marvin

Marvin Lewis (Contentquake)When Marvin Lewis was hired as head coach of my beloved Cincinnati Bengals, I was excited. I knew that Lewis was a great defensive coach, and I though that he had the fire and dedication needed to turn a sad sack franchise around.

When he went 8-8 with a team that was still pretty low on talent, I thought that we definitely had our man, a guy we could look to for the next 20+ years. When Cincy went 11-5 and actually won the AFC North, I was telling anyone who would listen that Marvin might just be a future hall-of-famer. But since then, Marvin has looked like a guy who’s more interested in keeping his job, than doing what it takes to win.

Since that miraculous 11-5 season, the Bengals have struggled mightily, both on and off the field. Chris Henry got into so many problems that people just stopped counting, and subsequently was suspended for half the 2007 season. Linebacker A.J. Nicholson got nabbed for burglarizing a former college teammate’s apartment, and defensive end Frostee Rucker was charged with not one but two counts of spousal abuse, and had a charge of vandalism tacked on for good measure.

Make no mistake, while Marvin Lewis’ control of his team off the field has been less than desirable it’s been his control of the team on the field that has sold me on the need to clean house.

Since starting out 2006 8-5, the Bengals have reverted to the Bungles, going 4-11 in their last 15 regular season games. 5-14 if you want to count the pre-season. That’s Dick Lebeau type numbers, that’s Bruce Coslet. That’s not acceptable.

It pains me to say this, because I truly wanted to believe that Marvin Lewis was going to be the man to finally shuck off the mantel of worst NFL franchise, but it appears even with all the weapons Lewis has got in his arsenal, that he cannot turn this team into a winner. It’s time to try someone else. Who? That’s a question for next time…

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  • http://thelandryhat.com thelandryhat

    Oh come on. The problem as I see it is the Bengals haven’t gone after any major free agents and the draft picks haven’t exactly been great. You need to improve your defense and get a few offesnsive lineman. But why not seek a major running back in free agency? I think the Cowboys might be interested in sending you Julius Jones….

  • http://thelandryhat.com thelandryhat

    I also wanted to say give Marv another year or two.

  • Bo Vandy

    Our defense being the problem, is part of why Marve needs to go.  This is a guy who came in as a known defensive guru.  The Bengals defense has been awful since he got here, granted they were awful before, but they really haven’t improved.  If Marvin isn’t fired after this season, I won’t throw a fit, but I’d certainly be more than okay with him gone

  • http://www.thewestcoastbias.net/ Joey

    The Landry Hat is right on the money here. Ever since that 2005 season, what have the Bengals done to upgrade their roster? Nothing! They haven’t added any legitimate free agents and the draft picks have been awful. Lewis just doesn’t have enough players on defense to really compete in the AFC. I say give Marvin at least another year.

  • http://ebonybird.com The Ebony Bird

    We’d be more than happy to take him off of your hands.

  • http://www.whodeyfans.com WhoDeyFans

    It would be crazy to get rid of Marvin.  Two of the 3 players you mentioned above had their run ins before they were Cincinnati Bengals.  Give Marvin another year, injuries killed us this year.  Also, big name free agents aren’t always the answer, if you are close a free agent can help in the short term.  Just because a player does well in one system does not mean they will do as well in another.