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    Marvin Lewis out after 16 years as Bengals head coach

    Posted by Michael David Smith on December 31, 2018, 10:04 AM EST

    One of the longest coaching tenures in NFL history has come to an end, as Marvin Lewis is done in Cincinnati.

    Bengals owner Mike Brown decided this morning to fire Lewis, NFL Network reports.

    Lewis was expected to be fired last year, but in a surprise move he signed a two-year contract extension. This year, however, was a mess, as the Bengals finished in last place in the AFC North.

    Although Lewis turned around a moribund Bengals franchise and made them respectable, he never won a playoff game. If you go 16 years without winning a playoff game, you’re not going to have job security anywhere. Even in Cincinnati.

    Now the Bengals will begin a search to try to find a coach who can win the franchise’s first playoff game since 1990. Brown has never been known as a big spender, and so the Bengals may struggle to attract a top-notch head coach. But they’ll find someone, perhaps someone who can get them out of last place in a tough division.
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    Two losses to the Browns is what finally did him in. MB HATES losing to Cleveland.

    Goodbye Marvin--don't let the door hit your sorry ass on the way out!

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    I think if he had stayed it might have ended my and my family’s fandom.

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    Marvin Lewis out as Bengals coach after 16 years

    By Around The NFL staff
    Published: Dec. 31, 2018 at 10:05 a.m.
    Updated: Dec. 31, 2018 at 10:23 a.m.

    Marvin Lewis' 16-year run as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals is over.

    Following a third straight losing season, Lewis informed the coaching staff that he will not return, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday. Pelissero adds the decision was made by team owner Mike Brown.

    Lewis became Cincinnati's head coach in 2003 and made the playoffs seven times. The Bengals, however, failed to move beyond the first round of the postseason under Lewis and amassed six losing seasons, including the past three campaigns.

    The team has had its share of struggles over the last three seasons. In 2017, the Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese just two games into the season ahead of reports at the end of the year that Lewis' job was in serious jeopardy. In November of this year they fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

    The Bengals finished the 2018 season at 6-10, and Lewis finishes his time as Cincinnati's head coach with a 131-122-3 record. Lewis is the winningest coach in Bengals franchise history.

    NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Lewis remains interested in coaching and will be a name to watch during this offseason's hiring cycle.

    Prior to the team's recent struggles, Lewis was instrumental in transforming the Bengals into contenders in the AFC. Before his arrival in 2003, the Bengals hadn't had a winning season in 12 years. After consecutive 8-8 seasons, the Bengals finished 11-5 in 2005 to claim the AFC North title and their first playoff berth since 1990.

    Lewis went on to win four more division titles with the Bengals and he took home NFL Coach of the Year honors in 2009. Cincinnati, however, never advanced past Wild Card Weekend under Lewis, going 0-7 in the postseason. Their last division title -- and playoff berth -- came in 2015.

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    Firing Marvin Lewis ushers in change Bengals desperately need
    1:25 AM CT

    Katherine TerrellESPN Staff Writer

    CINCINNATI -- It was long past time for a change.

    The Cincinnati Bengals fired head coach Marvin Lewis on Monday, ending his 16-year tenure in Cincinnati with a 131-122-3 regular-season record. His 131 win are 15 more than the next two winningest coaches in franchise history combined (Sam Wyche, 61 and Paul Brown, 55). Although he compiled the most wins in franchise history, he will ultimately be remembered for his 0-7 playoff record.

    The playoff record is a knock on the coach who took the Bengals out of the doldrums of the 1990s, but it’s certainly not the entire story. The Bengals went through 12 non-winning seasons before they hired Lewis in 2003, and he turned them into winners almost immediately.

    He should certainly be praised for that, especially considering the unconventional way the Bengals operate. There are unique challenges to working for the Bengals, who run a small family-owned operation and don’t have a general manager. Lewis had to do more with less for many years, working within an organization that was reluctant to cede any control over personnel and the coaching staff, even forcing him to keep assistant coaches that he didn’t hire.

    There were things Lewis wanted from the organization and never got, such as the indoor practice facility that was once a point of contention between himself and Bengals owner Mike Brown. Those reasons almost led to a parting of ways after the 2010 season.

    If Lewis and Brown hadn’t worked out a new contract that year, perhaps the Bengals wouldn’t have had the five-year playoff run from 2011-2015. He might have been the best man for the era that included five straight playoff appearances.
    Marvin Lewis finished his 16-year run with the Bengals with a 131-122-3 regular-season record and an 0-7 playoff mark. Frank Victores/AP Photo

    It’s hard to say he is the best man for the job now.

    The NFL has evolved in many ways since Lewis was hired, but the Bengals never seemed to truly evolve with the rest of the league. The things that plagued them five to 10 years ago are still problems.

    The Bengals earned a reputation for a lack of discipline under Lewis, and that was on full display the night they melted down against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2015 AFC wild-card game. Even though they cleaned up most of the off-the-field issues, the lack of discipline on the field never seemed to go away.

    When the Bengals needed to hold off the Steelers early this season to preserve a win with two minutes left, a defensive penalty led to a game-winning drive. Those situations occurred more than once throughout the year with no reprieve, pointing to an issue with getting the message through to the players.

    But the 2018 season would have been a difficult year for any organization. Not only did the Bengals have to fire defensive coordinator Teryl Austin midseason, but they were decimated by injuries and lost their starting quarterback.

    It certainly could be used as an excuse, but ultimately it shouldn’t be. The Bengals have been going the wrong way since the 2015 meltdown, and the fanbase so desperately craved a change that they stopped showing up to games.

    The message was clear: They wanted to see the Bengals move forward instead of staying in place.

    Lewis got almost two decades in a league where a coach typically gets two or three years to prove himself. It was more than enough time to show that he could turn the Bengals into a Super Bowl contender. For whatever reason, he could never get there.

    Why would one more year be any different?

    If the Bengals kept Lewis through the 2019 season, it would have sent a message that they didn’t care about ticket sales or the fan base. They needed to take drastic measures to get their fans back, and this is a start.

    Lewis did a lot of good for the organization and that shouldn’t be forgotten. But he never evolved with the rest of the league, and the Bengals were never going to evolve as an organization if he stayed.

    After 16 years, it was time.

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    It feels like a weight has been lifted off my chest. I first called on bengals boards for his firing at end of the 2007 season. I wasn’t sure I was ever going to live to see the day.

  7. live look at me entertaining the idea of being a fan again

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    Most coaches who stay in one place as long as Lewis stayed in Cincy would have become much loved by an adoring fan base. Marvin Lewis won't get that kind of farewell. But I think Lewis could have had that kind of adoring sendoff if he moved on five or six years ago....leaving the franchise in a far better place than he found it...with a young coaching protégé at the helm. Didn't happen. Now the message has grown stale, the young coaching staff has become freshly fired retreads, every building block lies broken and scattered on the ground. Even the replacement players need to be replaced.

    No tears shed for Marvin. He stayed too long.


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