Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis knows what it’s like to be on the hot seat. Being in a leadership role for any professional sports team for over a decade, you’re almost certain to have one period of time when you’re on the verge of losing your job if things don’t improve.
Lewis has manged to whether a few storms in becoming the Bengals all-time wins leader, and after Friday’s practice, Lewis said he had heard the news that Reds Manager Dusty Baker had been fired:
“You don’t want to see it happen. He’s worked his butt off,” Lewis said. “They’re still trying to get over the hump and get into the championship series. No one is going to take a loss harder than the manager or a coach. He’s put in the blood, sweat and tears to get them to that point. No one is going to feel it like he feels it.
I’ve had a chance to interact with him a bunch of times and prior to him being here you look at him as a manager who has been so successful with his style. His style is very similar to a football coaches style. Very fundamental that’s what’s important to him and guys doing it the right way and that’s the way he sees things. It’s not far off what we’re trying to achieve here.”