Marvin Lewis, When Is Enough, Enough?

Mitch MorganContributor IDecember 1, 2008

Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals stand at 1-10-1. This is their worst start since the team went 2-14 overall in 2002.

But where does losing become enough for this franchise?

It seems like this franchise is all about the money, and that winning is never a priority. Yesterday, the Bengals got hammered at Paul Brown Stadium by the Baltimore Ravens, 34-3.

In yet another dumb move just trying to get points on the board, Marvin Lewis called on the field goal unit on 4th and goal, trailing 13-0. Instead of possibly going into halftime 13-7, the Bengals go in down 10. What's the big deal about just getting those three points?

The Bengals have absolutely nothing to play for except pride. What I saw yesterday was nothing to achieve a sense of pride. It looked like players and coaches picking up a paycheck. That game was absolutely pathetic. There is no excuse to lose at home to a division rival 34-3. There was no fight in the Bengals at all yesterday.

Losing is becoming a symbol for the Bengals. Without a GM, the Bengals have no stability, just the stupidity of the front office. We know Carson Palmer has been out and that the Bengals certainly wouldn't be as bad as their record shows, but something has to give.  

The Bengals continuously try to "establish" their running game, week by week. They do this by running on 2nd and 10, 3rd and 15. Each time, they gain maybe two yards at best. This is all because of Bob Bratkowski's terrible playcalling.

Why has this man not been fired? He calls the same play twice in a row almost every time, yet every time it gets stopped. I mean, when does it become enough?

The Bengals have a head coach unwilling to go for it on 4th and inches, and he has no fight in him. They have an offensive coordinator who has no brains, and an owner who is in it for the money.

It is amazing that the first two guys are still here, yet that shows why Mike Brown, owner of the Bengals, is in it for the money. If he cared, Lewis and Bratkowski would have been gone a long time ago.

I do agree the Bengals would be better with Palmer, but you cannot rest the fate of your team in the hands of one guy, even if it is your franchise QB. The Bengals have serious issues that need to be resolved, and the situation continues to worsen each week.