Love him or hate, but you cannot deny that Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis has revitalized a once-proud franchise that had become a bottom-feeder once former owner Paul Brown passed away, leaving an inept Mike Brown to seize control of the franchise. He seemingly did everything he could to make the Bengals one of the perennial losers with his draft picks, mismanagement of players and coaches, as well as his reluctance to ever pursue quality free agents.
Those same problems have remained for most of the tenure of Lewis, yet he has managed to win with what he’s been given to work with. While we’ll forever question his inability to throw a challenge flag on a realistically challenge-able play, or his inconsistent second-half adjustments, he’s accomplished more than most coaches in the franchises’ history.
During the 2011 season, Lewis set the franchise record for wins with his 65th coaching victory, surpassing the previous record of 64 by Sam Wyche. He also helped lead a Bengals team projected to be selecting in the top-5 of the NFL Draft record to a 6-2 start, including a five game winning streak, which was the first time the Bengals had won five consecutive games since 1988.