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Bill Belichick on Marvin Lewis: “He’s been very consistent”

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Among NFL head coaches, only Patriots coach Bill Belichick has had a longer tenure with his current club than Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis.

The topic of those length of tenures came up at Belichick’s Friday press conference, and the Patriots’ coach opined that teams are more apt to quickly change course than they used to be.

“When I came into the league, that’s the way it was: coaches coached for a (long) time with the same team. They had a consistent program,” said Belichick, according to a transcript from the club. “There was always turnover, but not like there is now where guys coach for a year, year and [a] half and the team makes a change and brings in somebody else. Wheels spin pretty fast in that and along with it goes all the changes — head coaches then therefore coordinators, position coaches.

“I mean, you go to the Combine and it seems like every year a third of the coaches are wearing a different jacket than they wore the year before when you saw them. From that standpoint, it’s a big change from what I was used to, the way I was brought up on the league, brought up in football.

“We all know it’s a production business; we all know that you’re not guaranteed anything for very long. But the way things turnover in this league and in pro sports in general … It turns over pretty fast. It’s pretty amazing, really.”

Belichick, who’s in his 14th season with New England, complemented Lewis’ work in Cincinnati, noting that while the Bengals have won in different ways, “the common thread is that he’s been there.”

Said Belichick: “Marvin is a good coach. He’s done a good job. He’s been very consistent.”

Belichick also observed that Lewis seems to mesh well with Bengals president Mike Brown.

“Mike Brown-Marvin Lewis has been a good owner-coach combination. They’ve done a good job of acquiring personnel and coaching them and winning games. The consistency says something,” Belichick said.

Overall, the Bengals, who host New England Sunday, have made the postseason just four times since Lewis became head coach in 2003. That said, the bulk of those playoff appearances have come in the second half of Lewis’ tenure. What’s more, the last two playoff berths came after a rocky 2010 campaign, one that saw much speculation about whether there would be a coaching change.

Instead, Lewis remained with the club, and what has followed has been one of the more promising stretches in recent history for the franchise.

Has it all be perfect for Lewis and the Bengals? Of course not. The franchise still hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to ponder Lewis’ career arc. He’s had the time to learn and to apply those lessons learned. Think of all of the NFL coaches who have not had that chance.

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35 Responses to “Bill Belichick on Marvin Lewis: “He’s been very consistent””
  1. saintsredwings says: Oct 5, 2013 2:38 AM

    Bengals are a RB and an OC away from making serious noise.

  2. db105 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:04 AM

    He’s been very consistent at being mediocre.

  3. acerockefellar says: Oct 5, 2013 3:40 AM

    I wasn’t much of a marvin lewis supporter, with his very vanilla attitude. However, nobody really knew if it was him, or mike brown. It SEEMS mike brown has given him much more control since his latest contract, and that seemingly has given the Bengals a MUCH better chance at a superbowl.

    RIGHT NOW, it seems our fanbase should be thanking mike brown for giving up total control, and rooting on Marvin Lewis until we see otherwise.

  4. vbe2 says: Oct 5, 2013 4:36 AM

    Yeah, consistently mediocre.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 5, 2013 5:09 AM

    mike brown is the worst owner in NFL history.

    With an owner like mike brown… it’s a miracle Marvin Lewis has a career record of 81-86-1.

    I don’t want to hear any of you Cowboys fans even try to argue.

    Lions fans have permission to speak.

  6. londonbengal says: Oct 5, 2013 5:44 AM

    Lots of people will pile in on Lewis, but whilst he’s a 500 coach, you have to remember that he followed a stretch from 1991-2002 when The Bengals went 55-137 in 12 consecutive winless seasons.

    At the very least, Lewis has made The Bengals a strong annual contender.

    The big knock on Lewis is of course zero play-off wins.

  7. londonbengal says: Oct 5, 2013 5:48 AM

    Lots of people will pile in on Lewis, but whilst he’s a 500 coach, you have to remember that he followed a stretch from 1991-2002 when The Bengals went 55-137 in 12 consecutive winless seasons.

    At the very least, Lewis has made The Bengals a strong annual contender.

    The big knock on Lewis is of course zero play-off wins.
    =================================
    typo,………….. I meant to say 12 consecutive losing seasons………..

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 5, 2013 6:14 AM

    RIGHT NOW, it seems our fanbase should be thanking mike brown for giving up total control, and rooting on Marvin Lewis until we see otherwise.

    ——-

    Yeah… giving up total control…. LIKE…. re-signing/retaining low character anti-TEAM receiving distractions (chad ochojohncinco and terrell owens), NOT re-signing All-Pro corner Johnathan Joseph and NOT scoring Andy Dalton legitimate professional quality #2 or #3 wide receivers.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 5, 2013 6:22 AM

    mike brown won’t let Marvin Lewis spend any money.

    Anyway… new england is lucky Cincinnati’s #1 corner Leon Hall is OUT (along with two more defensive backs).

    That said…. new england’s receivers aren’t too great and their defense isn’t too great.

    This should be a close one.

  10. TheWizard says: Oct 5, 2013 6:23 AM

    They had a good looking team the year the Steelers took out Palmer’s knee in the playoffs.

    I notice some people aren’t sold on the current quarterback, and I’m not either. Let’s see how he does tomorrow in a big game. You got the undefeated Patriots at home, it’s a good test.

  11. 6ball says: Oct 5, 2013 6:23 AM

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    This is an example of the misperception of Bill Belichick. When he’s asked about injuries, personel decisions or contracts, he has nothing to say.

    However, if the topic is the benefits of a two tight end formation, directional punting or zone blitzes, he’ll start ” coaching up ” fans and media alike. He’s an excellent teacher of the game.

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  12. sidepull says: Oct 5, 2013 6:24 AM

    That’s just Bill fattening frogs for snakes.

  13. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 5, 2013 6:39 AM

    Most overrated head coach not named Rex Ryan. Not a terrible coach but he won’t get you over the hump. When he wins a playoff game (0-4 I might add) I may change my mind.

  14. wearethesteelers says: Oct 5, 2013 7:27 AM

    Consistently achieves nothing. The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990, the longest active streak.

  15. theandy59 says: Oct 5, 2013 7:41 AM

    81-82, 0-4 in the playoffs. Lewis has kept his job simply because in Cincinnati, 8-8 is considered success.

  16. dawgnme says: Oct 5, 2013 8:45 AM

    For Marvin’s sake, he better hope he doesn’t meet the Texans in the playoffs (if they even make the playoffs) again.

  17. bradygoat says: Oct 5, 2013 8:45 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Oct 5, 2013 6:22 AM
    mike brown won’t let Marvin Lewis spend any money.

    Anyway… new england is lucky Cincinnati’s #1 corner Leon Hall is OUT (along with two more defensive backs).

    That said…. new england’s receivers aren’t too great and their defense isn’t too great.

    This should be a close one.

    ———————————————————

    I agree it will be a close one. But I would argue that Cincy is also “lucky” that Wilfork, Ridley, Vereen, Gronkowski, and possibly Amendola are also “out”. Works both ways and you play with who you’ve got.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 5, 2013 9:04 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:

    mike brown is the worst owner in NFL history.

    Lions fans have permission to speak.
    _____________________________

    Glazers in Tampa Bay also pretty awful owners.

    doctorrustbelt says:

    Anyway… new england is lucky Cincinnati’s #1 corner Leon Hall is OUT (along with two more defensive backs).

    That said…. new england’s receivers aren’t too great and their defense isn’t too great.
    ___________________________

    Yeah, and Cincy is lucky Gronk, Amendola and Wilfork are out, and Hernadez is gone. So what ? Almost every team has significant injury problems this year.

    And I guess you haven’t watched any of the Pats games this year if you think the defense isn’t very good. They have been strong point in every game so far.

  19. bmoreravens1012013 says: Oct 5, 2013 9:05 AM

    I may be a little bias because I loved Marvin while he was here in Baltimore, but he is a damn good coach. He was hamstrung by ownership for most of his tenure until a few years ago. Now they are perennial playoff contenders.

  20. rutchaser says: Oct 5, 2013 9:13 AM

    Like others said, he has been consistently average. As a fan of this team I would love to ask Marvin why he laughs/smiles in post game press conferences after he loses a game. What is so funny? I can’t wait until he is no longer here. Promote Zimmer!

  21. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 5, 2013 9:27 AM

    Yes Mike Brown,

    You gotta let Marvin continue to run this thing. Hands off!!

  22. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 5, 2013 9:28 AM

    Cant wait to see the Patriots get beaten

  23. coachjohnharbaugh says: Oct 5, 2013 9:38 AM

    consistently below average

    i own both of these guys anyway

  24. t8ertot says: Oct 5, 2013 9:52 AM

    Yeah Bill, he’s been very consistent at being average at best. I can’t wait till he leaves town

  25. cincyfredo says: Oct 5, 2013 9:55 AM

    Most Cincy fans are hoping for a score like Pats 52 Bengals 3. Then Mike Brown fires Marvin Lewis on Sunday night. Reds and Bengals need new leadership. How would Tony LaRussa and Bill Cowher look in Cincinnati ?
    Marvin Lewis is like 100-102 for his stay in Cincy, yet the man remains. No one else would have kept him this long other than Mikey Brown.
    And Andy Dalton is a total wimp. Hard-Knocks showed how his wifey bosses him around, he hears foot steps, doesn’t like to get hit, dumps the ball off, and can’t throw it down field. Other than that, he is ok …

  26. jagsandliquor says: Oct 5, 2013 10:13 AM

    Appreciate having a winning team

  27. jaylaw01 says: Oct 5, 2013 10:42 AM

    Wow, you mean to say another team besides the Cowboys hasn’t less playoff wins since the ’90’s? From reading PFT (not mention ESPN) you’d think the Cowboys are the most playoff-futile team with only 1 win since 1996!

  28. realfootballfan says: Oct 5, 2013 10:46 AM

    Yea, consistently average like that sorry QB that’s holding that team back.consistely

  29. aljack88 says: Oct 5, 2013 10:58 AM

    ” Reds and Bengals need new leadership. How would Tony LaRussa and Bill Cowher look in Cincinnati ?”

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    Tony is done and Cowher has been away too long.

  30. wryly1 says: Oct 5, 2013 11:08 AM

    Belichick’ s career record, tenure and legacy are linked to his QB Tom Brady. He’s hoping they can catch one more ring together, but I don’t see him starting over with someone else at his age. He doesn’t need to, can afford not and will have nothing to gain or prove. Nowhere to go but down after Brady hangs em up.

  31. earpaniac says: Oct 5, 2013 11:51 AM

    In today’s NFL, I wonder if Chuck Noll ever even gets a chance to win 4 Super Biwls.

  32. dalcow4 says: Oct 5, 2013 12:20 PM

    “The franchise still hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991.”

    THAT’S being consistent.

  33. patriots123456 says: Oct 5, 2013 2:08 PM

    Belichick style is to NEVER say anything negative about other teams, players, coaches etc.

    He is a shutdown talker…best in the League at saying nothing. Never gives the opposing team or media any ammo.

    Doesn’t want any distractions…

  34. dartwick says: Oct 5, 2013 2:20 PM

    The Bengals history of lameness is on the the owner not the coach.

  35. mwindle1973 says: Oct 5, 2013 5:37 PM

    I think people have to look at the previous 13 years of total failure in Cincy before Lewis took over too. It’s taken him quite a few years just to change the culture of the team. I think you’ve just really began to see the fruits of his labor the last few years.

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