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How much longer should the Cincinnati Bengals/Marvin Lewis marriage last after this season?

I’ve lived in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2001 shortly after I graduated high school (Meadowdale HS in Dayton) I did a short trek down I-75 south to go to school at the University of Cincinnati and I haven’t left sense. I start out the story with that piece of information just to give you some background on where I’m coming from. I also want to add that since I live in Cincinnati, I want them to win because the quality of life in the city is a lot better when the Bengals are playing good, if you live in the area pay attention throughout any season to see the social temperature.

Marvin Lewis was hired as the Bengals head coach in 2003 and still is the coach to this day. Lewis is heading into his 15th year as Cincinnati’s head coach and he has turned around a franchise that was a laughing stock in the 90’s, so we have to give him credit for that. Besides Bill Belichick, Lewis is the longest tenured head coach in the NFL, which is a hell of an accomplishment in the climate of NFL on a yearly basis. Normally coaches can’t stick around two or three years let alone over a decade without some consistent success. He has a career record of 118-103-3 (wins, losses and ties) in the regular season, with 4 AFC North titles, but the elephant in the room is the 0-7 record in the playoffs. They haven’t won a playoff game during his tenure and as a franchise since 1991 so it is easy to say you guys are doing great, but when it counts you are going to fold.

The Bengals seemed to have jumped that hurdle in January of 2016 against their hated rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers, but after a couple of penalties by Adam “PacMan” Jones and Vontaze Burfict that went down the drain after the Steelers nailed a game winning field goal.

To tie everything together we all know marriage is like a rollercoaster at Kings Island and you have to roll with the ups and the downs, but being 0-7 in the playoffs is tough to overlook especially with being in Cincinnati for the time that he has, if you flip the coin to Belichick he has won five super bowls during his 16 going on 17th year(s) in New England (cheater or not) and played in seven of the final games.

This current roster has a stockpile of talent, but is Lewis the man to get them over the hump? That is the million dollar question. We all know Lewis has an eye for talent and good assistant coaches (Mike Zimmer, Hue Jackson and Jay Gruden are head coaches), but have you ever seen anybody have this much of a safety net without performing in the playoffs? I personally can’t recall any coach besides Jeff Fisher (lol) getting second chance after second chance and Marvin is better than Jeff, but that is for another day.

Bengals fans know Mike Brown is cheap, even non Bengals fans know that, so if Marvin can get his team a playoff win this year he will be safe, but if his teams makes the playoffs and doesn’t win he probably will head on permanent vacation, but who knows these are my thoughts on the situation. Marvin, isn’t Tony Dungy, but is kind of in the same situation the great Dungy was in with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 90’s/00’s only difference is Dungy won a few playoff games (he finally got his Super Bowl win with the Indianapolis Colts).

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Can the Bengals get over the hump this season?

To be honest the Cincinnati Bengals have one of the most talented teams in the NFL top to bottom at every position (except one) and they have been to the playoffs the last four seasons. They have been the model of consistency or mediocrity depending on how you look at it because they haven’t won when it counted most.

On the flip side is every year they have had Andy Dalton the Bengals have made the playoffs, but also every year they haven’t won a game in the playoffs either. Coach Marvin Lewis has yet to win a playoff game during his 13 year tenure with the club and yet he still is employed (I promise he has dirt on the owner nobody can tell me differently). Lewis is a solid coach, but this year for him and his quarterback could be do or die for both of them especially for the head coach if they make the playoffs this town won’t be happy with a one game exit Paul Brown Stadium might implode with the anger that would surface.

Andy Dalton isn’t an elite quarterback, but he isn’t terrible either, if good Andy shows up in the playoffs the Bengals can beat anybody, but if bad Andy appears the Bengals can lose to anybody also. The good thing for the Bengals right now is that all of his weapons are currently healthy, I know that could change in the future, but with Marvin Jones, Tyler Eifert and A.J. Green back in the fold it should make “The Red Rifles” job that much easier. Plus the two headed monster in the backfield that is Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard they can control the ground game also.

The Bengals have a very deep defense in all phrases. Vontaze Burfict is out for the first six weeks, but that should help the linebacking core in the long run. Will Dre Kirkpatrick be able to continue on his late season run to be a staple in the back end of the defense? With Geno Atkins back at 100% and reacquiring Michael Johnson the defensive line should apply a lot more pressure this year.

Can the Bengals turn the corner? They have the talent to do so, but if they don’t make any noise in the playoffs this team or at least this coaching staff could get blown up. I think they can be a 9 or 10 game winner this year because they have a hard schedule. Will they be able to make the playoffs for the fifth time in as many years? Only time will tell, because Cincy has some antsy fans.