Originally Posted by The Operator
That's my biggest holdup.
I'm no Marvin supporter but things can be much, much worse. The grass is not always greener and that's certainly the case when Mike Brown is in charge of picking the new lawn.
Unfortunately, I think this will be it for the rest of the Brown era, however long it lasts.
I think Lewis was about the last chance of the Mike Brown-era Bengals to retain a consistent level of winning and respect (not win one year, even next year, lose next year, win next year). Once Lewis moves on - and I am quite certain he will - expect the miserable 1990s to be repeated.
This is a smart move by Lewis. He has a chance to make himself not look the bad guy, and for everyone's opinion of Brown to stay the same (basically, sort of allowing Mike Brown to save face). I expect Lewis to be gone, Zimmerman to be gone a couple of years after that and so on and so on and so on and so on. About the only recognizable face in the franchise for the next couple of years could be Palmer, the shell of his former self.