Why Bengals Fans Want Marvin Lewis Gone

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Aug 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks up during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Bengals win 30-14. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks up during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Bengals win 30-14. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Why Bengals Fans Want Marvin Lewis Gone
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Stop Laughing…Get Hard

When Marvelous Marv was hired, he came aboard as a no-nonsense type of coach. Seemingly, he was going to be a disciplinarian. But in the seasons since 2003, his personality has gone soft. The Bengals’ disgraceful loss to the Steelers showed that the inmates were running the asylum. Burfict and Adam Jones were called for penalties that effectively sealed the Bengals’ fate on January 9. They were out of control and headstrong.

The 2016 season saw the antics die down. In 2015, the Bengals were ranked at No. 14 in team penalties. It’s nice to see but the improvement comes a year too late. Lewis should have been implementing the focus during the record-setting 12-4 season.

Maybe the Bengals needed the anger to keep their defensive edge. When Burfict received a three-game suspension to start the 2016 campaign, the intensity slacked off. That’s when a drill sergeant was needed to get the team back on track. What Lewis does behind the doors of PBS isn’t being revealed. But, what fans are getting is a watered down version of what they really deserve.

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Ultimately, it’s about how the players respond to Marvin Lewis. But, the relationship has grown stale with fans and apparently Mike Brown. Either the Bengals head coach gets mean or it’s time to start the search for a replacement that can.

Playtime is over. The playoffs are calling and it’s time for a win.

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