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    Geoff Hobson
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    Marv says taking over as DC last seven weeks energized him. He wants to keep chasing the gleam in the eye of a world title


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    Geoff Hobson
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    43m43 minutes ago

    Marv: it is bittersweet: I didn't deliver a world championship. Mike and I decided to move on.


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    Marvin Lewis out as coach of Bengals after long run

    10:41 AM CT

    Katherine TerrellESPN Staff Writer


    CINCINNATI -- The Bengals have parted ways with longtime coach Marvin Lewis, who endorsed his friend Hue Jackson as his replacement.

    Lewis had one season remaining on a contract extension he signed last year. In a statement, the team said the decision was mutual.

    The 60-year-old Lewis coached the Bengals for 16 seasons and had a 131-122-3 record with them. Although he leaves with the most wins in franchise history, his 0-7 record in the playoffs and 8-26 record against the Pittsburgh Steelers looms large over his tenure.

    "I want to thank the Bengals' organization, the fans and the city of Cincinnati for their support," Lewis said in the statement. "I regret I haven't been able to provide them with the No. 1 goal of being world champions. I also want to thank our players, coaches and team employees for their effort and professionalism over the past 16 years. A lot of fine people have gone through this building in that time, and the organization is better for all of them having been a part of it."

    The Bengals brought back Hue Jackson as a special assistant after the Browns fired him during the season. Jackson is close to Lewis and has spent three stints on his staff with the owner's approval. Given Jackson's failure in Cleveland -- three wins in two-plus seasons -- fans would see his elevation to head coach as more of the same.

    Lewis lobbied Monday for the Bengals to interview Jackson for the head coaching job.

    "I think he's more than qualified," Lewis said at a press conference. "I think he's been in a couple of difficult situations (in Oakland and Cleveland), and that's tough, and it hasn't broke his way. But I think he's an excellent football coach, he's a great motivator, he's detailed. So I think he deserves an opportunity, if not here somewhere else."

    Speculation about Lewis' future has clouded the past few years, particularly as the team struggled to return to the success they had from 2011 to 2015, when they made five straight playoff appearances. The Bengals re-signed Lewis last season despite mounting dissatisfaction from a fan base that has not seen a playoff win since the 1990 season.

    "The team is very appreciative of all that Marvin has accomplished over the past 16 years," Bengals president Mike Brown said in the statement. "Personally, I am very fond of Marvin and will miss working with him. He is a friend and a colleague, and I thank him for what he has meant to this franchise. But it is time to turn the page and look toward the next chapter for our organization, and we are excited about what the future holds for the team and our fans."

    A large portion of the fan base did not return following the decision to re-sign Lewis, and attendance at Paul Brown Stadium dropped to its lowest levels since the 2011 season, despite a 4-1 start that sparked hope the Bengals could return to the playoffs this year.

    The attendance numbers at home games continued to drop as the season went from promising to disastrous.

    The defense struggled badly enough to warrant the firing of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, and injuries plagued the starting lineup.

    By the end of the season, 18 players were on injured reserve, including quarterback Andy Dalton, star wideout A.J. Green, starting tight end Tyler Eifert, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and linebacker Preston Brown.

    Lewis picked up the defensive coordinator reins this season for the first time since 2002 when he served a one-year stint as Washington Redskins defensive coordinator. Lewis' defensive prowess was the reason he began attracting interest as a head coach in 2000. As defensive coordinator of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, he led one of the best defenses of all time to a win in Super Bowl XXXV.

    Although the defense showed improvement after Lewis took over this year, the team did not take a big enough step forward to warrant keeping him for another season. The defense finished last in the NFL in yards allowed and 30th in points allowed.

    Lewis was the second-most-tenured coach in the league behind the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who was hired in 2006, will now move into that spot.

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2...ys-6-10-season

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Montecore View Post
    Bring back Marvin!
    Tough but fair.

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    Thank you Marvin Lewis!!!

    You brought this franchise back from the abyss. Seven playoffs including a run of 5 straight. Bad luck in ‘05 and again in ‘15 with injuries to the QB. Terrible front office mis-management at times especially around ‘06-08.

    That stated, it is/was simply time to go. It wasn’t all on the front office. 16 years w/out a playoff victory. Several years with the talent to do so. Terrible in game time management skills.

    Please don’t let the next guy be Hue.

  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by cwing View Post
    Thank you Marvin Lewis!!!

    You brought this franchise back from the abyss. Seven playoffs including a run of 5 straight. Bad luck in ‘05 and again in ‘15 with injuries to the QB. Terrible front office mis-management at times especially around ‘06-08.

    That stated, it is/was simply time to go. It wasn’t all on the front office. 16 years w/out a playoff victory. Several years with the talent to do so. Terrible in game time management skills.

    Please don’t let the next guy be Hue.
    Pretty much my thoughts exactly. Thanks for making the team watchable for many seasons when previously they weren't.

    The game has largely passed him by and the structure of the team was not changing to meet the structure of the league. This change is overdue and welcome.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by cwing View Post
    Thank you Marvin Lewis!!!

    You brought this franchise back from the abyss. Seven playoffs including a run of 5 straight. Bad luck in ‘05 and again in ‘15 with injuries to the QB. Terrible front office mis-management at times especially around ‘06-08.

    That stated, it is/was simply time to go. It wasn’t all on the front office. 16 years w/out a playoff victory. Several years with the talent to do so. Terrible in game time management skills.

    Please don’t let the next guy be Hue.
    Hear hear. I've always been pretty pro-Marvin. He did a lot for this team and city, and I'll always appreciate him for that. It was painfully clear, though, especially in the past few years, that it was past his time.

    Fingers crossed that they just nail this next hire, because talent-wise this team isn't far away.
    ORANGE n BLACK

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    24 hours later, still giddy.

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by membengal View Post
    24 hours later, still giddy.
    I drank a bottle of champagne in celebration BEFORE I went out last night!

    Happy New Year indeed!!

  9. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by Squirrlnutz View Post
    I drank a bottle of champagne in celebration BEFORE I went out last night!

    Happy New Year indeed!!
    I drank a friends scotch. Black Label.

    No complaints.

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