Bengals’ Super Bowl LII Blueprint Starts Now

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Dec 4, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) makes a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) makes a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Bengals' Super Bowl LII Blueprint Starts Now
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Lewis Has To Deliver

It’s not going to change without the top man getting it right. Marvin Lewis has to have the lights go on and convey that message to his players. He’s known for his catchy phrases and t-shirts with slogans of encouragement. But, in year 15, the cutesy-pie sayings aren’t going to get it. It’s now do-or-die time and the pressure is on.

The last time Lewis was on the hot seat, he delivered with a 12-4 season. The 6-9-1 showing of 2017 hasn’t gotten any reaction from Brown. Maybe this is his way of showing Lewis that playtime is over. It’s time to put up or shut up.

Lewis has undoubtedly seen the results of Quinn’s influence on the Falcons. He even remarked how much it hurt to see certain teams in the playoffs. The same teams that the Bengals had success against made the postseason. That should light a fire in Lewis’ belly and get things going. But, it has to be a year-long desire. It has to make him feel like he’s incomplete if his team fails to make the AFC Championship Game. Then he has to feel like he’s failed if they miss the next level. Isn’ he a defensive guru like Quinn? Time to show it.

Having the best record as Bengals’ head coach means nothing if there are no meaningful wins to boost the accomplishment.

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