Marvin Lewis Must Go

Posted: November 15, 2016 in Opinion, Sports
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The Lewis Look.

Marvin Lewis jumped to the defense of linebacker Vontaze Burfict following a massive $75,000 fine levied against him for his actions in Week 6. The Cincinnati Bengals head coach said he believed Burfict was only fined “because of his reputation.

He also made this incredible statement:

“I don’t think he did anything wrong.”

Good God.

Uh, actually Marvin, he was fined for clearly stomping on the leg of New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount. By blindly defending Burfict, Marvin was only enabling him.

Burfict is never going to learn or change if Marvin keeps coddling him. He shouldn’t be defending the indefensible.

This followed last season’s embarrassing playoff loss in which several Bengals became unglued, a clear sign that Marvin had lost control of his team.

The reality is that the Bengals behavior has been out of control over the past several years, and it’s embarrassing.

Now, after Monday night’s loss in New York, it’s pretty obvious Marvin Lewis has lost his team.

They’re not listening anymore.

It’s happened to better men than Marvin, believe me. After awhile players quit listening to a laid-back coach like Lewis, especially when they’re not held accountable for their actions.

I’ve been waiting for years for Marvin to stand up, pound the podium and say something like this:

This behavior is not acceptable. WE HAVE TO BE BETTER.” 

Alas, nothing. Because that would require Marvin to, you know, actually show some emotion.

His quote after last night’s loss? “It was a back and forth game and we didn’t win the back and forth.”

Sweet Jesus.

And watching him stand there, arms crossed, as his team makes a mockery of professional football in the great city of Cincinnati is disgusting.

And oh, by the way, it’s been 13-years and the Bengals still haven’t won a playoff game.

All that talent wasted, and the window of opportunity is closing swiftly.

Listen, Marvin has done a nice job since he’s been hired. The Bengals have been consistently good. Still, they are a reflection of their laid back, hands-off coach. Being a “player’s coach” can only go so far. That, combined with the abhorrent behavior of some of his players, and it leads to the inevitable conclusion.

Marvin must go.

It’s time to bring in a coach with fire, somebody that will take control of this team and instill the discipline required to have a successful professional football team.

And it needs to be done now.

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