3 Questions about the Bengals’ turnaround season

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BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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Is Marvin The Answer?

Marvelous Marvin Lewis has been the captain of Bengals Cruise Line, since 2003. When the tiger roars, on September 9 at PBS, it will mark 15 long years as the director of this vessel. Like any cruise, there have been good days at sea and a lot of bad. But, this time, Mike Brown doesn’t seem to like the locales on the itinerary. He’s been there before and might want to shake things up.

Conversely, is that being fair to Lewis? Many of the Bengals’ failures weren’t directly due to what he did or didn’t do. Still, as the head coach, Lewis is expected to find out what went wrong and correct the problem. Like him or love him, Bill Belichick sees a problem, identifies the cure and keeps the ball rolling. Lewis is not a firm believer in halftime adjustments. But, at this point in his career, he could use a reset button.

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Suddenly, Lewis has been thrust into the fire and has to prove his mettle. In other words, this is D-day for the man with the annoying laugh.

Solution:

Unless Marvelous Marv does the incredible–guiding the Bengals to Super Bowl LII–he should be given a short chain. Regular season dominance is nothing without playoff wins and at least a trip to the AFC Championship.

If a long run in the playoffs or an AFC title game doesn’t happen. Lewis should be considered front office material. He championed the Bengals’ return from the depths of obscurity. Let the search for a new HC begin.

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