Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis Expects to Know His Fate by Tuesday
Profootballtalk.com is reporting here that Marvin Lewis will know early next week if he will still be the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.
If Lewis is not resigned, a list of possible replacements can be found here.
Considering the Bengals were preparing for the playoffs this time last year, this season has been a disappointment. Should the Bengals keep Lewis?
Yes, Lewis Has Improved the Franchise
Marvin Lewis is a big reason there has been a change in the perception of the Bengals' franchise and its players. The Bengals were a joke for years and years before Lewis' arrival. He has shown he can be successful even when not blessed with a talented team.
Lewis has put his blood, sweat, and tears into this team. He deserves to be here for the success.
No, He Is Not a Good Game Manager
Marvin Lewis has never been a good game manager.
For example, in the playoff game against the Jets, Lewis squandered his two challenges.
He never seems to know when to call time out. Back in 2006, he wasted a timeout freezing Jeff Reed. That cost them the game.
He makes these mistakes throughout the season.
Yes, the Players Respect Him
Marvin Lewis' players respect him. They play hard for him even when the season is lost. The free agents he has brought in (guys like Dhani Jones, Chris Crocker, Cedric Benson, Tank Johnson, and Roy Williams) have been around and all speak highly of Lewis. Former players like John Thornton have nothing but good things to say about him.
No, His Teams Aren't Prepared
The Bengal teams under Lewis seem to be unprepared for game situations, make few adjustments, and commit stupid mental mistakes that cost them games. He typically loses one or two games a year that he shouldn't.
His best teams have folded down the stretch. For example, last year's team lost three of its last four games. His teams tend to show up flat in big games but play well when there is no pressure, like in the win against the Chargers.
Who Else Would Take the Job?
Marvin Lewis is the best coach for the Bengals. Any coach with a decent track record would avoid the franchise completely. That leaves them with another unproven coach.
It Is Time to Move On
Marvin Lewis has been the Bengals head coach for eight seasons. His regular season record is 58-65-1. He has not won a playoff game. Any coach could have done that well.
Move on, Bengals!