Marvin Lewis has been a cornerstone of the Bengals franchise since 2003. But, as the 2017 season slowly creeps up, fans are divided on his worth.
If most fans had their way, it would have been done long ago. Head coach Marvin Lewis would be anywhere other than on the sidelines in charge of the beloved Bengals. But, alas, that’s not in the cards. Lewis hasn’t been fired, but there’s a glitch in the standard programming. He hasn’t been offered a contract extension past 2017. Could this be the last straw in Mike Brown’s patience sombrero? Likely, it isn’t. But, things will certainly be interesting in the upcoming campaign.
The story is one as old as time. Lewis has definitely taken on the moniker of a beast, during his tenure in Cincinnati. But, that’s what happens when fans get tired of the system. For 14 seasons, Lewis has been a fixture roaming around on the turf at Paul Brown Stadium. In that time, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been to the Super Bowl twice and the Ravens once. What’s the connection? Both are teams that Lewis had a hand in building.
Getting to the Big Dance is no easy endeavor. But, there comes a time when something has to give. The Bengals haven’t come close to the NFL Championship Game since 1989. Truthfully, the closest Cincinnati has come to a simple playoff win was the Meltdown at PBS. Why do fans dislike Lewis and want him gone? The reasons are extensive. But, most are self-explanatory.