There’s no time like the present for the Cincinnati Bengals
With a Top-5 Defense, a top shelf QB and a winning pedigree it is unthinkable to lose in the Wild Card round yet again. If the Bengals can remain relatively healthy and win the games they should, a Wild Card birth is very attainable.
However, the Wild Card round has been attainable seven times under Marvin Lewis and the Bengals are 0-7 in those games. So, in 2016 the mindset cannot be one merely happy to be a playoff team. The goal must be to get in the playoffs and get wins (or at least one). If that goal isn’t accomplished, the Bengals need a new voice as head coach.
What has doomed the Bengals in the playoffs under Marvin Lewis? For one, injuries in the playoffs to Palmer and in the regular season to Andy Dalton haven’t helped. Every playoff team has to battle injuries but when a starting QB is lost it’s not easy to win.
Of course, Marvin Lewis wants to win in the playoffs but it appears that he is simply unable to accomplish that desire.
Coach Lewis can’t be held responsible for those injuries. He can be held responsible for his team looking unprepared and in disarray during the postseason, however. Five out of the seven Wild Card games lost under Lewis weren’t even within one possession at the end of the game. In three of those games, the Bengals didn’t score over 10 points even with offensive coordinators that eventually became head coaches.
At the same time, the Bengals defense gave up more than 26 points in four of the seven losses. For a former defensive coordinator and a respected defensive mind to lose that way in the playoffs is a sign of a playoff mental block. The talent, staff and opportunity to win has been there but the results have not been. Of course, Marvin Lewis wants to win in the playoffs but it appears that he is simply unable to accomplish that desire.
"Eventually, a trend becomes the truth. Truth is that Marvin Lewis is an awful playoff coach."
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