With Bengals coach Marvin Lewis in the final year of his contract and with no signs of any talks toward an extension, Lewis could be nudging toward the end of his eight-year run as coach of the team.
The performance of the team Lewis coaches isn’t helping.
Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer argues that the Bengals’ problems trace to “poor coaching,” which will do nothing to push team president Mike Brown toward inking Lewis to a new deal.
Whether and to what extent Lewis will find a strong demand for his services elsewhere remains to be seen. On one hand, Lewis arguably has cooked the best possible meal with a cart full of groceries collected haphazardly by Brown at the five and dime. On the other hand, Lewis has led the team to only two playoff appearances, and zero postseason wins.
Still, there are teams that could find Lewis attractive, given his willingness to take a back seat to Brown. For someone like Cowboys owner/G.M. Jerry Jones, that could be the most important quality Lewis brings to the table.
Regardless of where Lewis ends up in 2011, it’s looking more and more likely that he won’t be running the Bengals — barring a dramatic turnaround for the 2-4 team.