Cincinnati Bengals: Why is Marvin Lewis still around?
The Cincinnati Bengals have been the face of mediocrity for a couple of years now, however, they have no intent to change. Marvin Lewis remains as head coach after proving he has no control of his players, and can’t win a playoff game. Vontaze Burfict is a perfect example of that. He has now missed seven games in the matter of two seasons. Two incidents that have me wondering what’s going on with this nonsense. Plain and simple Lewis can’t keep his team under control.
The Bengals have lost both of their games so far this season, and have failed to score a touchdown this season. They’ve already fired offensive coordinator Kenneth Zampese, and have brought in Bill Lazor. While the offense has been the biggest issue with this team, they have bigger issues at hand.
The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990, that streak is older than me. In 2015 the Bengals were seconds away from winning a playoff game in Cincinnati before Vontaze Burfict took an absolutely idiotic penalty, along with a penalty from cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones. This was the downfall of the decade it seemed.
One season removed from the fourth quarter demise in 2015 the Cincinnati Bengals completely failed to make the playoffs. Marvin Lewis led his team to just a 6-9-1 record and came in third place in the AFC North. Which equated to the ninth overall pick in the NFL draft, thus being John Ross. A surprising pick that still to this day doesn’t make much sense to me.
There were bigger glaring holes especially on the defensive side of the ball which we’ve seen exposed so far this season. On top of not addressing the defense until the third round, they didn’t address the offensive line where they lost two starters in the offseason until the fifth round. What’s the point of having a receiver with 4.2 speed if your offensive line can’t keep the quarterback upright?
That being said all of the above comes back to Marvin Lewis. He’s lost control of the team and recently has made questionable calls. The team itself looks like a division two school at this point. If the Bengals wish to win a playoff game in not only my generation but for the generations before me they need to start with the head coach. They had a perfect coach waiting in the wings in Mike Zimmer before he took a job in Minnesota with the Vikings.
If in fact, the Bengals choose to go with another head coach and salvage their season, they’ll need to do it soon. With 14 weeks still to play, they’ll need to step their game up and find a way to win games. As of now, the Cincinnati Bengals don’t appear to be in any sort of rush to turn their season around. If that’s the case the Bengals will continue to be the face of mediocrity for seasons to come.