By Edward McDonald
Albert Einstein once said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results.” In the case of the Cincinnati Bengals and its Head Coach, Marvin Lewis, that quote couldn’t be any more applicable.
Lewis took the reigns of the Bengals in 2003. During that span, Lewis has compiled a regular season record of 100-89-2. The Bengals have qualified for the playoffs six times during Lewis’ tenure. It’s never a bad thing making the playoffs in six of 12 seasons, but what is a bad thing is not winning one of those six playoff games. Cincinnati is 0-6 in the playoffs under Lewis, including losses in each of the past four postseasons. The Bengals became the first team in NFL history to lose in the first round of the playoffs in four straight seasons. Most other teams in the league would have parted ways with Lewis. The Bengals and Lewis agreed to a one-year extension last offseason that will take him through the 2015 season.
In the playoffs, the two most important figures, or at least the ones who get the most blame, arethe head coach and the quarterback. Andy Dalton is the quarterback in Cincinnati who has led the team to the playoffs in his first four seasons in the league, but has also lost all four of those games. Usually in situations like this either the coach or quarterback are usually let go. Well the quarterback is in Cincinnati for the foreseeable future as Dalton signed a six-year, $115 million contract extension in the offseason.That leaves Lewis’ future in question. He said it’s his plan to come back in 2015 as the Bengals Head Coach, if the team will have him.
At the end of the day, each team in the NFL has one ultimate goal; hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in February. Getting to the playoffs is simply not enough. If a team does not win the Super Bowl, let alone a single game, the playoffs result in failure. Each year 31 teams fail to achieve the ultimate goal. Qualifying for the playoffs is a great thing to accomplish from season to season, but not winning a Super Bowl or a game in the playoffs is unacceptable. Lewis has been the coach of the Bengals for the past 12 season and has zero playoff wins.
Will the Bengals give Lewis another chance or will the franchise look to find a new head coach?