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The writing is on the wall: Marvin Lewis is now 0-5 in playoff games as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. CBS Sports' Gregg Doyel captured the magnitude of Lewis' postseason futility:
Does this mean a change is in the works after a third straight exit from the first round of the playoffs?
Perhaps. Making the playoffs three times in a row is great for some franchises. Is Cincinnati one of those places? Fans may be about to find out. Remember, Philadelphia got sick of being "just good enough" and canned Andy Reid last offseason.
What about the coordinators? On the defensive side, Mike Zimmer has annually come up around the league as a head-coaching candidate. His unit put on another mostly strong showing against the Chargers, despite a drastically different depth chart than what he began the season with thanks to injuries.
Head-coaching possibilities have also surrounded offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, too. But one has to wonder if that talk will keep up after his unit's performance against San Diego. The unit simply looked unprepared, and NFL.com's Marc Sessler provides a chilling account:
Gruden may end up having to worry about more than just his future coaching jobs from a promotion standpoint.
It is hard to tell if the franchise that calls the Queen City home will be content to roll with the same staff for another year. There are good things in place, and there is much to be said for continuity, but the Bengals continue to reach the promised land and falter.
At some point, something has to change. Time will tell if that change occurs this offseason.