This article by Mr. Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer should have Bengals fans perturbed.
Marvin spoke to the media today about his contract status with the Bengals and delivered a clear message whilst speaking as vaguely as possible.
"There’s a lot of things that go into that. In the direction of things that we’re doing and how we’re doing things that are important to me,” Lewis said. “There were things when I started in this job in 2003 that were important and we can’t change those. They have to stay on track and I have to make sure we’re continuing to progress that way. Those are the things that are more important to me as anything.
“I’m talking about structure, decision and how we do things and how I have the ability to do things that give us an opportunity to win football games.”
I hear you loud and clear Marvin. The contract extensions offered by Mike Brown clearly rescind some of Marvin's control over team decision-making. Kudos to Marvin for making it public knowledge that Mike Brown still wants control of the team despite the most pathetic record and resume of any GM in the history of history.
It's disturbing that the owner of the team wants to take away control from the best coach his franchise has seen since Sam Wyche. In fact, its downright insane to try and break up the formula that has given the best glimmer of hope and success to its franchise in nearly two decades. Or is it?
Recently the Brown family offered Hamilton County a list of financial concessions to help the county through its economic issues. Our friends at WhoDeyRevolution.com break it down beautifully in a four-part diatribe. One of the offers the Bengals made to the county came with the stipulation that the franchise would have the freedom to move out of Cincinnati years before the current lease agreement would allow. Coincidentally there has been increasing buzz by Los Angeles developers that they would make a move to LA by an NFL franchise a very comfortable one.
See what I am driving at?
Hamilton County is in such rough shape right now they may have no choice but to take the Bengals offer just to free up some of the ridiculous money tied into Paul Brown Stadium. If that happens the Bengals have an opportunity to jet and what better excuse to leave than lack of fan support? Hence blowing up a quazi-functioning arrangement with Marvin Lewis and sinking back into the middle ages.
Convoluted? Yes. Needless Speculation? Yes. Alcohol-induced? Pfft its 5 o'clock somewhere and that somewhere is here! But I digress. This could be nothing more than Mike Brown being a pain-in-the-ass negotiator which is his calling card, but I have always been suspicious of the Brown family's loyalty to Cincinnati. And with LA waving the flag the second largest media market in the country it wouldn't be a stretch to see Mike Brown rubbing SPF 50 on his glossy dome.