2009, Marvin's Last Sand

Lamar BoltonContributor IMay 12, 2009

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 24:  Head coach Marvin Lewis of the North team during play against the South team during the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 24, 2009 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Under Armour)

What started out as a promising relationship  where coach Lewis was the one  that would lift this franchise out of its fifteen plus year funk has yet again leveled off and began it's decent into the ninth circle. it wasn't from a lack of effort on his part . the first two years making it all the way to .500 and being in the playoff picture at the end of the season.

The next season brings abut flash's of the good old days of the eighties . they won the conference and where hosting their division rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers on a very grey day in early January and all of a sudden in one play, the entire team got blown off it's rails.

Kimo Von Olhfen either rolled or was blocked into QB Carson Palmer . The end result was the same , Palmer KNees was destroyed and with it the hopes of the Bengals getting to the Super Bowl that year. The Steelers ended up winning  it all that year and so starts the slide .

While Palmer came back in record time the next season , it was quite clear to most that he wasn't all there . His Passes were often High and it was evident at times he was very gun shy about getting hit, add to all of this, the deterioration of some key players getting into trouble with the law, and the fact that when i defense that was designed to take the ball away doesn't do it, that leads to long drawn out drives and chunks of the clock being eaten up on the defensive side of the ball. Sprinkle in a few problems with the local press, and you come up with one conclusion

If coach Lewis doesn't Make the playoffs, he's gone , If the stumble out of the gate bad enough, he might not make it through the entire year. While the defense did show some improvement last year, the O line is in complete  disarray and well lets face it , their best receiver is gone to the left coast. Any way you look Marvin isn't long for Cincinnati.