While Cincinnati Bengals fans might not always believe it, but Marvin Lewis is one of the most respected coaches around the NFL. He has to be just for how long he’s been able to last with one franchise.
Take for instance the Cleveland Browns, who have now had seven different coaches since the Bengals hired Lewis, who’s taken Cincy to the playoffs five more times than Cleveland has been there in that same span.
Too often, “no playoff wins” is the phase most associated with Lewis, but one cannot dispute how much good he’s done for the Bengals.
His fellow peers around the NFL agree, and Tony Pauline of Draft Insider said he heard a lot of praise for Lewis among coaches he spoke with at the Senior Bowl this week.
Marvin Lewis gets a lot of grief for not winning in the post season as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, yet league wide he’s well respected for what he’s accomplished with the organization. There was a time when the Bengals had no scouting staff and required the coaches to do all the scouting.
Lewis has changed that culture and is slowly developing a scouting department for the team, which will serve them well moving forward.
Can he get Cincinnati over the hump in the playoffs? Maybe, and maybe not.
Regardless, the man deserves respect for what he’s done, not criticism for what he hasn’t.
But he does need to win a playoff game in 2014.