Cincinnati Bengals: Must Break the Cycle of Mediocrity

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Could This Be The Last Chance For Marvin Lewis?
Oct 9, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Marvin Lewis prior to the game against Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /

The Bengals future appears to be locked inside a vicious cycle of mediocrity with no end in sight unless some major changes are made.

What’s the Plan?

Mike Brown, Majority Owner and President of the Cincinnati Bengals has no idea, what he’s doing. While some applaud his long-term commitment to Marvin Lewis. the truth is that Brown is satisfied with mediocrity. The Bengals future, as it sits now, is destined for more mediocre teams with a mediocre head coach.

When Marvin Lewis was hired the Bengals found their man to make the team relevant in the AFC North. With that mission accomplished, nothing else has been accomplished. The cycle repeats itself: hope, talent, stats and late season letdown. Year after year under Lewis has been basically the same.

The hope is that Mike Brown is self-aware enough to realize changes are needed for the Cincinnati Bengals. For Bengals fans, it is a tricky time. On one hand, being in the conversation every year in the AFC North is very exciting. On the other, repeatedly getting their excitement squashed by bad coaching and bad execution is rough.

Truth is something has to change and it needs to change no later than this offseason.  The Bengals do have options and need to explore the possibilities to make this team better for the long-term and short.  Some options are more painful than others but have the potential to finally lead to postseason success.