Marvin Lewis: Better to go with someone you know

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Marvin Lewis is still in Cincinnati because of the last 15 years he spent there.

But upon signing his new two-year deal to stay for a 16th and likely 17th, he said that things always change to some degree.

“You’re going to have to start from scratch regardless, so you might as well start from scratch with someone you understand, you know,” Lewis said, via the Associated Press. “Everybody can always look at what’s negative from it, but the only way we can go about it and do it positive is to get back to work and go about it.”

There are going to be staff changes, as longtime line coach and assistant head coach Paul Alexander is gone after 23 years. Also, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will be allowed to interview for the same job with the Raiders once they’re through wiping their feet on the Rooney Rule and hire Jon Gruden.

The Bengals have yet to win a playoff game, but has generally kept the Bengals competitive (which not everybody in Ohio can say). And that 125-112-3 record was apparently enough to convince owner Mike Brown to keep Lewis around.

“I think sometimes there’s a tendency to think that the grass is greener, and it doesn’t necessarily end up that way often,” Lewis said of NFL owners. “So I think if they feel good about the relationship they have and where they’re headed that way, I think it’s a little different that way.”

Brown is obviously content with the grass he has, or content enough for the next two years.

22 responses to “Marvin Lewis: Better to go with someone you know

  1. “You’re going to have to start from scratch regardless, so you might as well start from scratch with someone you understand.”

    I actually like Marvin Lewis, but that’s a godawful rationale for not instituting a change at coach when it’s clear one is due (or past due).

  2. I’m sorry Bengals fans, you deserve better. Marvin Lewis seems like a good guy, but in this results oriented business he’s at the end of the rope and only Mike Brown can’t see that. He’s held on this long by turning around things and making them playoff contenders over the last several years, but they’ve either regressed or stayed flat past couple years and Marvin should have been dropped. They have a talented roster and should perform better than they have, input that on coaching, Eg see Rams and Jeff Fisher vs Sean. Coaching DOES matter.

  3. In same press conference he talked about how disciplined the team was and said they were amongst the least penalized teams in the league. Right. 13th most penalized by number of flags, 6th most by yards. That’s because they were 9th in unnecessary roughness, 9th in roughing the passer, and 3rd in unsportsmanlike conduct.

    Yeah. Way better to go with who you know.

    The guy is clueless. But since mediocrity is an aspiration in Bungle Land this is what you get.

    Could be worse. Could be Jeff Fisher.

  4. Brain-dead thinking.

    What we KNOW is that he is a terrible game-day coach that cannot win a playoff game despite repeated efforts. Lowering standards just results in less success.

  5. .
    Like housing, coaching has comparables. In Lewis’ case the comparable is Bill Belichick, based on length of tenure. Lewis has 0 playoff wins in his career, whereas Belichick has 26 playoff victories, has been to 7 Super Bowls, and has delivered double digit regular season win totals every year since 2003.

    Lewis says “it’s better to go with someone you know”. In the Patriots case it’s true. They should retain Belichick because they know he’s going to be successful. In the Bengals case it’s the textbook definition of insanity. They’re doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different outcome.

    New England fans open every season believing that the Patriots will not only make the playoffs, but compete for the Super Bowl. How often do Bengals fans have the same mindset?
    .

  6. It ALL starts at the TOP and the Brown family can’t stand change. The Steelers and Ravens are so lucky to play in that division with the Bengals and Browns. Those two teams have NO commitment to fielding a championship type team.

  7. ““I think sometimes there’s a tendency to think that the grass is greener, and it doesn’t necessarily end up that way often,” Lewis said of NFL owners. “So I think if they feel good about the relationship they have and where they’re headed that way, I think it’s a little different that way.”, says the man who has accomplished nothing (i.e. – solid) as their head coach.

  8. 125-112-3 is great when you consider they had a horrible winning percentage before Marvin. I don’t like how undisciplined Marvin’s teams are. The thing is, a .500 record must seem like a dream for Mike Brown since they were abysmal before Marvin got there. Brown doesn’t care about winning. He only cares about counting his money.

  9. I’m not a Bengals fan but I do remember what Cincy was like before Marvin Lewis. Before Marvin Lewis, the Bengals were the Browns. Perennial 3-13 or 2-14 for a decade. You don’t want to be the Browns.

    Yes it literally could be worse. No offense Browns fans. Seriously. Fluctuating between 6-10 and 10-6 doesn’t sound too shabby to Browns fans.

  10. I give Marvin credit for leading the Bengals out of the wilderness of the 90’s, but his tenure has run its course. He is a below average gameday coach. His teams lack discipline and wilt under pressure. He might be a good front office hire at this point, but he’s never going to coach a team to a deep run in the playoffs.

  11. Simple questions for PFT and anyone else who thinks retaining Lewis was a good idea because the Bengals were worse before he got there: do you think the Bengals can win a superbowl with Lewis? If yes, what is it about the last 15 years that gives you this confidence? (Even Jeff Fisher has come way closer to a championship than Lewis has). Or, do we just think nobody can win a championship in Cinci, so let’s not even make that the goal?

  12. I been a Bengals Fan since 1972 when I was only ten years old.I been with them in the 4-12 seasons and the when they went to two super bowls and got beat by the same team. I am not leaving them as a fan but I do have to question why keep a coach who seems to be burnt out or at least complacent in his coaching style. Coach Lewis deserved the last two years of his contract, but to give him another two year extension. If your going to give him an extension it should be a one year with an optional second year. The problem is with the owner Mike Brown who has to much hands on and not allowing the Bengals to keep talent on the roster and to keep trouble makers on the roster. I hope Coach Lewis turns around the Bengals this year. If he doesn’t then Good Buy coach.

  13. This marks the 7th time a normal team would’ve fired Marvin.

    2007- coming off 2 consecutive poor seasons (8-8 & 7-9) for a team with supposed SB aspirations.
    2008- Finished 4-11-1 (0-4 with Palmer).
    2010- Finished 4-12 with SB aspirations.
    2013- After going 8-0 at home, lost embarrassing home playoff game to a clearly inferior 9-7 Chargers team.
    2015- Embarassing playoff meltdown. Now 0-7 in playoffs.
    2016- 6-9-1
    2017- 7-9

    Bengals fans deserve better than “At least it’s not the 90’s”.

  14. In Washington they have the same mentality – knowing that no one competent would take Chubbs Gruden’s job, they stuck with him.

    And they’ll end up with another underwhelming performance by a coach who never has his team ready to start the season and who never makes half time adjustments.

    Meanwhile its all because of Kirk Cousins!

  15. Why wouldn’t Lewis be re-hired? He probably added $150 million to the bottom line profit over his tenure. MB appreciates that.

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