Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Brown Fires Marvin Lewis After 16 Seasons

The day Cincinnati Bengals fans thought would never come has come. Owner Mike Brown has dismissed head coach Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons at the helm. Lewis was the second-longest tenured coach in the NFL (Bill Belichick).

Lewis finished his career in Cincinnati with a record of 131-122-3. The death knell for him was his 0-7 record in the playoffs. Against the arch-rival Pittsburgh Steelers, Lewis was an abysmal 8-26. He finished the last three years with a losing record.

Truth be told, the end should have come after the playoff debacle of 2015. This was the Cincinnati Bengals best squad under Lewis. But a common thread amongst his teams was lack of discipline. Nowhere can you find a bigger example of that than the Wild Card loss to Pittsburgh that season.

The Bengals have seen attendance dwindle to a half-full stadium on game days. Hell, against the Steelers and Cleveland Browns it may as well have been a road game. When it comes to the all mighty dollar, this may have made Mike Brown listen.

While it may have been time to pull the trigger, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the good that Marvin Lewis did in Cincinnati. Between 1991 and 2004, the Bengals never had a winning record. This franchise was absolutely brutal before he got there. But as the old saying goes, “you either die a hero or you live long enough to become the villain”. Unfortunately, Marvin Lewis became the villain.

SO WHO ARE REALISTIC CANDIDATES?

Hue Jackson

Let’s just get this out of the way. Mike Brown hates change. This is why it took this long to move on from Marvin Lewis. He knows Hue Jackson. Brown should also know that he is a terrible head coach. Statistically, he is the worst in NFL history.

Jackson is 11-44-1 in his career. He is coming off a near 2.5 year stretch as the Browns coach that saw him go 3-36-1. This includes a 0-16 campaign in 2017. After he was terminated, Cleveland significantly improved. Go figure. Marvin Lewis brought him on as an assistant two weeks after his termination.

As a Cincinnati Bengals fan, let’s hope this isn’t the way they go.

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Vance Joseph

Joseph was just terminated as the Broncos head coach. He finished two seasons in Denver with an 11-21 record. It is the only time in franchise history where they had back-to-back losing seasons. Again though, there is familiarity. Joseph was a DB coach in Cincinnati before taking the Miami DC job.

Paul Guenther

Guenther has never been a head coach. However, he had success in Cincinnati as a defensive coordinator from 2014-2017. He left in the offseason to take the DC position in Oakland.

Eric Bienemy

Bienemy is currently the Chiefs offensive coordinator. He has been an OC for one season. While Andy Reid calls the plays, Bienemy has overseen an offense that saw Patrick Mahomes throw for 50 touchdowns in his second season. Likely on his way to the league MVP.

Bienemy played for the Bengals from 1995-1997. I am not sure if he is a realistic candidate but he should be.

This is truly an end of an era for Cincinnati Bengals fans. Hopefully, optimism will reign supreme over the coming weeks.

What do you think of the Cincinnati Bengals firing of Marvin Lewis?

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