Marvin Lewis: Last season gets “buried” on April 18

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At this point in the 2015 offseason, the Bengals were several months into questions about their fourth playoff loss in as many years and what they would do to get a better result the next time around.

Coach Marvin Lewis was the coach for all of those losses and he was the coach again last season when a Jeremy Hill fumble and a pair of ill-timed penalties conspired to send the Bengals to an 18-16 loss to the Steelers in their playoff opener. The fifth loss in a row has led to many of the same questions, including Albert Breer of NFL Media’s query to Lewis about what the team can learn from their most recent defeat.

“To press on,” Lewis said. “There’s nothing they can do about it now. We’re gonna learn to answer the question and press on. Everyone keeps bringing it up. We have to move on. It’s done and gone. April 18, it gets buried. It gets exorcised. And then we move on and we’ve got put our heads down and do everything we can to earn our way back into the playoffs.”

The Bengals won’t quite be starting from scratch when the offseason programs in a couple of weeks — linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s three-game suspension guarantees some hangover into the regular season — but every NFL season presents new opportunities regardless of the way things ended the previous year. With Lewis in the final year of his contract, the need to exorcise the playoff one-and-dones once and for all might be as urgent as it has ever been.

44 responses to “Marvin Lewis: Last season gets “buried” on April 18

  1. Right, nothing you can do about it now, especially since it was perfectly clear to the entire nation last year that you’ve lost the respect and admiration of your players and as long as you keep the likes of Bufict and Jones on your roster, there’s nothing you can do about anything.

    Enjoy watching your team self-destruct again and again from the sidelines while your classless fanbase chants, throws foods, and starts to riot because they don’t understand the basic rules of the NFL! LOL!!!!

  2. But hey it’s a new era in the NFL. Teams keep players that cost them games because of their unforgivable behavior–Cam Newton is still on his team despite abandoning a fumble n the Super Bowl.

  3. You know what time of year it is when you see the deer in the headlights look on Marvin’s face.

    Meet the new season, same as the old season.

  4. The questions won’t be buried on April 18th, they’ll be buried when Lewis and the Bengals win a playoff game.

    That should be alarming enough, since there’s no trophy handed out for just winning a playoff game.

  5. I don’t care what the fans say. It’s a mistake if they let Lewis walk. Five straight playoff appearances is more than most teams can boast about whether they were first round losses or not

  6. Same old idiotic non responsive response from Marv the tard

    He is utterly clueless and continues to get schooled in big games

  7. As often as folks call for Marvin’s head, he’s still twice the coach Jeff Fisher is.

    That said, I think they both have compromising photos of their owners. It’s the only plausible explanation for their continued employment.

  8. The ending of that game was brutal to watch. Just bungle city, with Burfict having a psychotic episode on the field.

  9. King of slightly above average, that’s Lewis.

    Same for the ginger bb gun

  10. Lewis is a terrible head coach. He needs to just go back to being someone’s defensive coordinator. That’s where he excels.

    Just like Wade Phillips sucked at being a head coach; he is a stud at being a defensive coordinator, that’s Lewis also.

  11. I like Marvin Lewis, but with his playoff record, there sure is a whole lot of exorcising going on in Cinncy.

  12. Sorry Marvin, the playoff losses (0-7) aren’t “exorcised” until you win one.

  13. Most you guys will be watching Lewis in the playoffs again this year. As your team is home and done.

  14. “The ending of that game was brutal to watch. Just bungle city, with Burfict having a psychotic episode on the field.”
    —————————————-

    yeah – I’m not going to argue that as a Bengals’ fan it wasn’t tough to watch. BUT, the glass half full part of me also says this was a great (unintentional) long con by Burfict and the Bengals. They are definitely in the Steelers’ heads now – Bell’s going to crap his pants every time he plays us and Brown’s arms are going to be about 6 inches long every time he goes across the middle against us. Hell, pigBen’s so scared of us he developed an eating disorder.

  15. give me a break peytonwants. So according to your theory, cincy’s runnng backs will turtle-up at the sight of Shazier, Eifert will alligator-arm with Mitchell sizing him up, and Burfict will just fall down 8yds back as soon as DeCastro blocks him. You sound like a fool.

  16. Lets face it; Burfict got suspended for NOT being a Steeler.

    Plenty of guys in yellow & black have a far worse record of personal fouls, head shots, illegal hits and concussing opponents; (Wallace, Mitchell, Blake, Shazier); than Burfict does.

    If Burfict was a Steeler; he be congratulated for playing ‘hard-nosed football’. He’d be their poster- boy. As it is; he’s suspended for a stupid foul on Maxx Williams and hitting AB with his shoulder.

    Plenty of Steelers would have far worse records if they were ever flagged in the first place, not least their coaching staff…….

  17. Peytonwants a flag, you forgot that Tomlin will be c-walking on the sideline, since he’s so in tune with his players. High 5s and chest bumps all around!

  18. It is NFL, just takes a couple flukes and a couple missed opportunities to get to 0-7. And a whole lot of work just to get into those games. 31 teams end with a loss every year, so it is a little absurd to say he is a bad coach or the team is cursed. The Ravens were hardly the best team in football when they last won it all, ditto those Pats-killing Giants squads. Just some luck, but this guy fields a real good team every year and I think he is easily a top-ten HC. Ease up on the hyperbole.

  19. 3wordanswers says:
    Apr 6, 2016 10:18 AM
    Lets face it; Burfict got suspended for NOT being a Steeler.

    Plenty of guys in yellow & black have a far worse record of personal fouls, head shots, illegal hits and concussing opponents; (Wallace, Mitchell, Blake, Shazier); than Burfict does.

    Thank you for using yellow & black. Tired of hearing Steeler fans proclaiming they are black & gold.

  20. I just remember all those 3-13, 4-12 years that we had to endure, where 8-8 seemed like a good year. Thank you, Marvin, for making us forget Coslet,Shula,etc.

  21. 25 years…25 freaking years since we have won a playoff game and half of the fan base still waves their pompoms and cheers because we aren’t 4 & 12 anymore…pathetic, how low the bar is in Cincy…

  22. I thought the Bengals were off the schnide until Hill fumbled. With the way Dalton was playing, you have to believe if he were healthy they could’ve had a SB run.

  23. I am reminded of that old saying: “Good is the enemy of Great”.

    Lewis has consistently fielded a quality football team that has reached the playoffs as well as any team in the league of the past few years.

    How long do they have to wait before going further. Is the management team of the Bengals satisfied with playoff appearances, and just assuming that at some point they’ll break through and start winning in January?

    Marvin Lewis has been coaching the Bengals for more than a decade now. What you see is what you get. The question is for those running the Bengals is, are they satisfied with what they have?

  24. peytonwantsaflag says:
    Apr 6, 2016 9:44 AM

    “The ending of that game was brutal to watch. Just bungle city, with Burfict having a psychotic episode on the field.”
    —————————————-

    yeah – I’m not going to argue that as a Bengals’ fan it wasn’t tough to watch. BUT, the glass half full part of me also says this was a great (unintentional) long con by Burfict and the Bengals. They are definitely in the Steelers’ heads now – Bell’s going to crap his pants every time he plays us and Brown’s arms are going to be about 6 inches long every time he goes across the middle against us. Hell, pigBen’s so scared of us he developed an eating disorder.

    —————————–
    I would say it is the other way around. Do you really think players are scared to play? The Steelers are so far in the Bengals heads that they caused them to cost themselves a playoff win. There is a real little brother complex with the Bengals when it comes to the Steelers. Nobody fears the Bengals I promise you that. The first time Burfict goes Burfict he will be done for a year.

  25. “Most you guys will be watching Lewis lose in the playoffs again this year”

    There, fixed your statement for you.

  26. There are a lot of haters in these comments. Becoming a perennial playoff team will do that. Losing playoff games is bad, sure – but show me the other teams that went 5/5 in playoff appearances these last 5 years – they have a lot of haters too.

  27. How about you instill some discipline in your team, Marvin? At the very least, make Burfict get some anger management classes.

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