The Desire To Win It All
It’s not brain surgery. The desire to become the best and stay on top…comes from the top. Lewis has had the keys to a Cincinnati dynasty for five years. The 2015 roster may have been the best Bengals team since the 1988 and 1981 squads. The defense was able to shut down teams when necessary and the offense was lights out under Andy Dalton.
Still, the Bengals ended the campaign in disappointment. Yes, Dalton suffered a devastating injury that changed the scheme of the offense. But, a head coach that wants to win will find a way. In fact, until the last two minutes of January 9, there was a way. If Lewis has control of his players, the Bengals win the Wild Card and move on to play Denver.
The meltdown was seen around the world and became infamous. Winning doesn’t happen by chance. Getting W’s is something that successful head coaches live for. The game-time decisions reflect their personalities.
Each year, there has been an excuse. Benjamin Franklin summed it up best, when he said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” If the Bengals are to shed the label of mediocrity and become a dynasty, the victim mentality has to stop.
"“Marvin Lewis raised the Titanic,” former Bengal Solomon Wilcots told NFL.com. “This team was at the bottom of the ocean when he came in. They are a perennial playoff team.”"
Lewis is ready for another contract extension. Quite frankly, he may have the desire to win it all…but there are times he doesn’t coach like it. It’s time for Marv to get mad…and mean it.