In his arduous 10-year tenure as Bengals head coach, Marvin Lewis’ overall record is 79-84-1, including 0-4 in the playoffs. In that time, AFC North Rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore have combined for 3 Super Bowl titles, while Cincinnati has had forgettable results. He hasn’t accomplished what we all hoped he would, or even what we think he is capable of. He may have accomplished one small victory, though, the likes of which I haven’t yet seen in my adult life.
Today, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati enquirer, Terence Newman took less money to stay with the Bengals. He wants to play for a contender. Read that again and let it sink in. Newman was talking about our Bengals. For the first time I can remember, this team has become a destination for those seeking a chance at playoff glory. Maybe this is an anomaly and Newman is delusional. But just maybe this is a sign of a changing attitude among players that Cincinnati is a destination for bigger things. It certainly seems like they could be on the brink of AFC North royalty. Newman’s signing was definitely a small step in the direction of relevance, and I see it as a sign of bigger things to come.