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Should Marvin Lewis be fired by Bengals?

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Does 12 years of coaching one team and not winning one playoff game lead to getting fired? I guess the Cincinnati Bengals have no plans on doing that. To be coaching this long and be 0-6 in the playoffs while not getting fired is rare these days. Imagine if Marvin Lewis coached the New York Giants, New England Patriots, or even the Dallas Cowboys? He probably would’ve been fired by year five, if not sooner. The NFL is a tough league to coach. Just ask Rex Ryan, Mike Smith, and Jim Harbaugh, all of whom lost their jobs on Black Monday last week, and they’ve won playoff games and were still fired. So what do you do with a coach who has performed so well in the regular season, but hasn’t prevailed in the postseason?

Normally I’d say get rid of him, but since the coaching market isn’t really that strong I’d keep him. Lewis has one more year left on his contract and maybe, just maybe, a fifth straight year in the playoffs could be the charm. Having a healthy AJ Green is a plus and signing some free agents could help too. The Bengals aren’t really known for spending money in the offseason. Maybe they should try it. If the same result occurs again next year, then I think it’s time to let go of Marvin Lewis. Go for a coach like Tom Coughlin since he’s in the last year of his contract. The Giants would probably let Coughlin go if they miss the playoffs again. Coughlin or someone of his prestige would be a good fit for the Bengals. A tough-minded coach might just be what the Bengals need.

Bengals fans are most likely upset and want him fired. I say roll the dice one more time with him. Given everybody healthy and adding some new players, they should make a run in the playoffs next year. If it doesn’t work out, then it’s time to give him the boot.

Written by Brandon Nix

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