Just as the Playoffs are win or go home it’s time for Marvin Lewis to win or go home. A new voice with new excitement could do the Bengals some good.
Bengals management and fans need to ask themselves if they are satisfied with being a Wild Card team. If so, there’s no reason to fire Marvin Lewis. But if they want playoff victories it may be time to move on and bring in a new voice.
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The Bengals have lost seven Wild Card games since the hiring of Marvin Lewis in 2003. A brilliant defensive mind and steady temperament have allowed Lewis to avoid the firing squad in recent years. However, it has been five straight years of Wild Card meltdown losses. Last year, even with a backup QB, the Bengals were in a position to win their first playoff game since 1990. Yet, Lewis allowed an emotional defense to become irrational and implode with penalties.
Following years of awful coaching under the likes of Dave Shula, Bruce Coslet, and Dick LeBeau the Bengals were glad to have a real head coach in Marvin Lewis. In the years following, Lewis brought in elite Assistant coaches like Mike Zimmer, Jay Gruden, and Hue Jackson. At the same time, elite players like Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson, and A.J. Green were brought in with great promise. This promise was turned into great stats and contracts but nothing beyond the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Eventually, the Bengals need to get playoff wins or get a new coach; simple as that.
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