Cincyjungle.com has an an article up today talking about whether or not Marvin Lewis should be fired.
They take the stance that Marvin is the best coach Cincinnati has had in some time and has the team on the right direction. We here (or me because I am currently writing this) believe the opposite. After almost 10 years Marvin has done much for this franchise. He has wrangled some control from Brown and has taken this team from an every season cellar dweller to an average team with some semi-highs and some semi-lows.
Now the Bengals need to take that next step and I am not convinced that Marvin is the coach that can do that. Here are some quotes from their post and my reaction:
The only problem is that firing Marvin now or even after the season would be an overreaction
So 9 season is an overreaction? no coach with this poor of a record has held their position this long. I am all for giving a coach time to implement his system but the current pattern of playoff team to terrible team with no back to back winning seasons is not getting it done. There is too much evidence that there is no continuity to this team. The signing of TO a couple seasons ago proves this.
The Bengals have a solid coaching staff as it currently stands. There may be a few wrinkles that need to be fixed, but still a great staff overall.
What makes this staff so solid? Both sides of the ball have regressed and there is no fire in this team. I blame the coaching. The Bengals offense is lackluster and uninspired and the defense is soft. A solid coaching staff does not allow that to happen one season after a playoff birth.
Continuity is what is important here.
I would argue that 9 season is continuity, at some point though with no results changes are necessary. We have a large sample of what to expect from Lewis and as a Bengals fan, I expect more.
I personally think that Marvin Lewis has a solid plan for this franchise. Is his plan going into effect this season? It does not appear so, but 2013 looks a lot more promising and we could see this plan truly blossom that year.
What is the plan? Regression? The article talks about the draft picks for Palmer, but that is a joke. That is like planning to hit the lottery, it was dumb luck that deal was made and the entire world agreed.
Three playoff appearances in nine seasons is not spectacular, but it is much better than Bengals fans of the 20th and 21st centuries were/are accustomed to
Agreed, but that is not enough. I am not content being a slightly below average team. I want more from the Bengals and I don’t think Marvin is the coach to get us there. I have 9 and a half years of proof.