Originally Posted by WVRed
My thoughts exactly.
Marvin has done way more than any coach in the Mike Brown era and for that Bengals fans should be grateful, but this seasons complete meltdown coupled with very minimal overall success doesn't really help his case.
If anything its burning bridges on the way out. Marvin is saying what Bengal fans have been saying for years. It's never going to change and its going to tie the Bengals into more or less hiring a Mike Zimmer because it will paint Marvin as somebody who didn't have the control to do what he wanted. No experienced coach (which is what the Bengals need) is going to come anywhere close to Cincy.
Marvin was gone anyways, what he is doing is basically giving Mike Brown an ultimatum that is going to put the franchise further on back. Sad part is, I don't know if I really blame Marvin.
It's hard to seperate the failings of Lewis as a coach, and organizational issues due to the team being run by a clueless idiot. I don't believe Brown cares about winning, he never has. If they win, ok, if they don't, oh well. Mikey boy still gets his truckload of cash, so he doesn't care either way.
I don't think Lewis has anything to lose by doing this. The Bengals, as an organization, are viewed as a joke. If he nukes a few bridges and takes a few jabs on his way out the door, I doubt any potential employer is going to care all that much. He can always blame everything on Brown, and it would be credible.
If I was Zimmer, there is no way I'd take the job. Why would anyone who wants to start out as a coach want to coach here? Your ability to do your job is severely limited, and you start your head coaching career stained with the stigma of losing records thanks to one of the most incompetent organizations in the NFL. The only reason to take that job would be for the paycheck for a few years, and knowing Mike Brown, he will make sure that paycheck is as small as he can get away with.
With Haywood getting canned at Pitt, wondering if maybe Marvin will consider taking a college job.