Jan. 14, 2015
Is Marvin Lewis the next coach on the cutting board?
Marvin Lewis the next coach on the cutting board? Lewis who led his Cincinnati Bengals to the post season failed to deliver the most important feat of all, winning a post season game. That one little disappointment could spell the end for Lewis with the Bengals.
Lewis has been with the Bengals since the 2003 NFL season has put together a 100-90-2 record over that time frame. The Bengals head coach had spent a little time with the Pittsburgh Steelers (linebackers coach), Baltimore Ravens (defensive coordinator) and Washington Redskins (defensive coordinator).
Much of his success came when he anchored and assembled one of the greatest defenses of All-time. That defense was the 2000 Baltimore Ravens defense that not only dominated opponents it lead the Ravens to their first Super Bowl title.
Now after four straight seasons finishing with a loss in the first round of the playoffs, Lewis has yet to deliver a playoff win. This leaves the Bengals owner Mike Brown a difficult decision over the next couple days or even possible a few weeks with team’s still playing for an opportunity to make it to the Super Bowl.
One similar case we have seen over the past few seasons came after the Chicago Bears failed to make the playoffs despite a 10-6 winning record. This prompted the Bears to let go Lovie Smith despite going to the playoffs three times in nine seasons with three postseason berths.
If the Bengals move on from Lewis one possible in house candidate could be quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson. Jackson was the last head coach to lead the Oakland Raiders to a five hundred record back in 2011 when the team finished 8-8. The Bengals offensive coordinator also has a track record of working with quarterbacks around the NFL.
For now the NFL community can sit back and wait to see what the team elects to do!