Will history repeat itself in Cincinnati?

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Consider this scenario: The contract between the Bengals and coach Marvin Lewis expires. It’s widely expected that the Bengals will pursue a new coach, and that Lewis will pursue a new job elsewhere. Then, after a few days, the Bengals realize that their best option is Lewis, and Lewis decides that his best option is the Bengals.

That’s not only what could play out this week in Cincinnati. It’s precisely what played out there seven years ago.

It didn’t go smoothly in early 2011; there were reports that the two sides would work out a new deal, and then there were reports that the talks were falling apart. Eventually, they got something done.

With the Bengals and Lewis delaying what could have been a Monday press conference announcing that the end has come after 15 years, don’t rule out Lewis eventually deciding to stay, and the Bengals eventually deciding to keep him. When both sides get a chance to consider their options, they may once again opt to stay together.

However it plays out, time is of the essence. Other teams already have commenced the process of lining up candidates for interviews.

16 responses to “Will history repeat itself in Cincinnati?

  1. I’m as frustrated as any bengal fan, one thing you have to ask is who can come in and work with the brown family as well as Lewis?

  2. I for one am a 50 year die hard Bengal fan, gave up on long time season ticket holder 10 years ago, went to Super Bowl in Miami and cheer the team every game all these years. Haven’t been Marvin basher but he’s taken them as far as possible. Time for him to move on or I will move on. My money is on me finding new team to root for is painful!!!

  3. I am getting a bit tired of the Jeff Fisher bashing. He is not a bad coach and he did take a team to the SB. He isnt great but he is competent – much in the vein of Andy Reid. It would not surprise me if he got hired somewhere.

  4. Despite all the nay saying, the Bengals have been one of the NFL’s most successful teams in the last 10 years. That didn’t happen by accident. I think Lewis will stay and I’m not sure how I feel about that. There are a bunch of hot shots out of work this week because their teams couldn’t match the Bengal’s success. We don’t need one of them.

  5. Mike Brown was, is, and will remain the problem. As long as they’re semi-competitive and maintain the season ticket base MB is content. No coach living or dead can overcome Mike Brown’s meddling.

  6. cincy85 says:
    I’m as frustrated as any bengal fan, one thing you have to ask is who can come in and work with the brown family as well as Lewis?
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    That would have been my opinion in 2011. Now my opinion is simply, I don’t care if the next guy is a complete failure, so long as he’s not Marvin Lewis. I’d rather go 5-11, fire a coach every few years and have hope versus being stuck in Marvin Lewis mediocre limbo.

  7. a1b24948 says:
    I am getting a bit tired of the Jeff Fisher bashing. He is not a bad coach and he did take a team to the SB. He isnt great but he is competent – much in the vein of Andy Reid. It would not surprise me if he got hired somewhere.
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    Think of it this way, what changed for the Rams this year? Firing Jeff Fisher took them from 4-12 to 11-5. That should be a huge indictment on Jeff Fisher.

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