Reasons To Leave?
When taking the culture of the Cincinnati Bengals into account, there could be any number of factors causing players to scram, shoo and skedaddle. But, the main reasons have to fall on the broad shoulders of Marvin Lewis and owner Mike Brown.
Winning is great. But, when it comes with a stipulation, it ain’t good. The Bengals have gone to seven postseason battles under Lewis and the results are always the same. They’ve come away with a huge goose egg. Yet, Lewis has been able to secure a position as one of the longest-tenured coaches in the league. Fifteen years is a long time to go without a playoff win. Amazingly, he’s back every spring. This has to be weighing on the minds of the players. If the atmosphere is so great, why are they ready to jump ship?
"“I respect the whole Brown family with how they run their organization,” Zeitler explained, per The Cincinnati Enquirer. “They have their blueprint and they stick to that and it’s worked out well for them. There’s no hard feelings or anything like that. It’s what they do and I’m sure they’ll be alright.”"
I’m going out on a limb for the fans. Translation: They nickel and dime players. The process will never change. Good luck trying to make the playoffs with that mindset. Am I way off? Sometimes, telling the truth is better, even if it hurts.