Who can deny it? Lewis has been the catalyst behind the Bengals recent postseason turnaround. But, there’s a catch. Though the Bengals have been to the playoffs five of the last six years, they have posted no wins. With the return to winning football, Lewis forgot to bring along the one thing that counts: finishing the job. It’s wonderful to get double-digit W’s in the regular season. But, the intensity isn’t being carried over into the playoffs.
The Bengals have looked good on paper, for the past three years. In fact, with Marvelous Marv’s keen eye for talent, Cincinnati has had the chance to win it all more than a few times. Yet, there seems to remain a disconnection between Lewis and the elusive playoff win.
There’s no doubting that the Bengals have come close, under Lewis’ watch. But, this ain’t horseshoes. It has to be all or nothing. Fans have been waiting for the team to advance for 24 years. Truthfully, the only reason some faithful are still around is the fact they don’t know what other franchise to cheer for. Bengals fans are a trusting bunch that keeps the faith and believes. Lewis makes promises that don’t have positive results. Eventually, the spell will wear off. More fans are going to demand accountability.
Hardworking football lovers look at the situation in concrete terms. If Lewis was working a 9-5 job, he would have been fired after the 2015 playoff loss. There’s no other way to phrase it. Marvin is obviously using Jedi mind tricks on Brown. Seven years of postseason one-and-done is going too far.