By Sonja Greenfield//@Mom23RN
The worlds hottest and longest Hot Seat will finally cool off.
It was announced this morning that Marvin Lewis will be stepping down as the Bengals Head Coach at the end of the season, on his own accord. Coach Lewis has been with the Bengals since 2003. The second longest coaching tenure of current NFL coaches. Only the Patriots Bill Belichick has been with his current team longer. Before then, he was defensive coordinator with the Redskins.
The 1st season that Marvin Lewis coached the Bengals, Twitter didn’t exist, Facebook was only in 50 colleges, Gmail wasn’t a thing, Obama was over a year away from becoming a US Senator…
…and LeBron James was the best small forward in the world.
— Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) December 17, 2017
(Ignore the LeBron James part of the tweet.)
But during that time, he did bring the Bengals back from awfulness to being a playoff contender year in and year out. Despite that, the Bengals currently haven’t won a postseason game since 1990. That is currently the longest drought in the NFL.
Marvin Lewis will take a lot of flack for how this season has played out and that’s fair. But he helped dig Cincinnati out of the NFL’s embarrassing basement and guided them to the playoffs in 6 of 7 seasons. That matters.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 17, 2017
It looks as though the Bengals are gearing up for a huge postseason overhaul of the coaching staff, as not many of their assistants will be leaving as well.
Hopefully, the Bengals are able to get a coach who can continue with the consistency that the Bengals have had during Lewis’s tenure, but also someone who can help the Bengals take the proverbial next step.
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