To complete the season awards, there must be a coach of the year. In this case, Marvin Lewis had a heck of a season. Lewis had a great season with decision making, as well as leading his team to another divisional crown. Yet, after losing another playoff game half of the fans want him out and the other half wants him to stay. Therefore, for that reason he is not the Bengals’ Coach of the year.
On the defensive side of the ball, Coach Paul Guenther lead the Bengals to the second ranked scoring defense, 10th in sacks and third in interceptions. On such a talented team the defense yet again is the key to the Bengals success. Mike Zimmer taught Guenther a lot in becoming a defensive coordinator. As Zimmer left to be the head coach of the Vikings, Guenther isn’t far behind and will have his shot to be a head coach soon.
However, Guenther and his amazing season is not the Coach of the year. In this case, the coach of the year is the new Cleveland Browns head coach and the third Bengals’ coordinator to become a head coach in two years; Hue Jackson. Jackson is the Coach of the year because he turned Andy Dalton from a serviceable QB to a dominant one.
Just last year, all Bengals’ fan could agree that Cincinnati won in spite of Andy Dalton, he was the anchor that held us down. Now just a year under Hue Jackson and Andy Dalton is a league MVP candidate. Jackson not only helped Dalton’s development, but he also used all his personal to the fullest as. Jackson even allowed A.J. McCarron to look like a quality starter.
Hue Jackson is a great coach and will be missed in Cincinnati. Due to what Hue Jackson did this season earned himself the Bengals’ Coach of the year.
Coach of the Year: Hue Jackson