Without a Playoff Win this Could Be Marvin Lewis’ Last Year
Marvin Lewis would be a fool to think that Bengals fans will remain OK with losing in the Playoffs. The Lewis coaching style is good enough to get to the Playoffs but things must change this year because fans expect to win in the Playoffs.
Whether it be using Tyler Boyd and C.J. Uzomah more or simply opening up the offense for Andy Dalton there needs to be a greater effort to be different. Things have been the same in Cincinnati since Lewis joined the team. Early on, that was a good thing because the Bengals had been a joke for years. Yet, after numerous Wild Card defeats and missed opportunities in the regular season things cannot stay the same.
The first step the Bengals needed to take years ago was to enter the conversation as a legitimate contender in the AFC North. Luckily, the team has been a major player in the AFC in general and Lewis is a big reason. In 2016, it is time for the next step and the next stage. For many teams, it takes a new voice to move them off of a plateau. Lewis is a good man who is smart, solid and compassionate enough to be a father-figure to Vontaze Burfict.
Hopefully, adjustments in strategy and rotation will be accompanied with an intensified effort to win. This Bengals team has yet to play a complete game in 2016 but is still in great position for another Wild Card birth or even a Divisional Title. Lewis and the Bengals may be without Tyler Eifert but they can in no way take the next step without a focused effort on a Super Bowl victory.