Today’s 13-7 loss to the Ravens may have been the last game of the Marvin Lewis era in Cincinnati and in a sense, it was a microchasm of the season. The team had a chance to win it at the end and ultimately let things slip away. Carson Palmer had some costly mistakes and a wide receiver (this time Jerome Simpson, with two fumbles), contributed to the chaos.
On the bright side, the young defensive line continued to harass an opposing quarterback and the young receivers, even without tight end Jermaine Gresham, certainly looked like they could carry the Bengals offense on their own.
If this is indeed, Lewis last game – and it probably should be – I wish him well. Marvin represented Cincinnati well and even though he often struggled amidst the morass that is Mike Brown’s ownership, he did drag the franchise out of the hell that was the 1990s. I think Lewis would be a great hire for the University of Pittsburgh, which seems to have mutual interest.
And finally, I think defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer should be at the top of the interview list. Zimmer’s unit was absolutely decimated with injuries and he held things together quite well, giving the team several chance to win. Furthermore, he deserves some credit for the development of Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, who give the next head coach – whomever it may be – something to be excited about.
Stay tuned Bengals fans. With many meetings on the schedule in the next few days, things should get interesting. Let’s just hope they don’t get Bob Bratkowski-head coach interesting.