This is perfect example of what is currently wrong with Cincinnati sports franchises. Nothing is expected and mediocrity is praised.
I honestly believe the success of this team has little to do with Marvin. He simply stepped in at the right time.
What has the defensive-minded Lewis done for the defense since he's been here. It is a joke.
With the exception of drafting Palmer, which was a no-brainer, the offensive core was already in place when Marvin got here.
"You are what your record says you are."
I'm not calling for Marvin's head yet, but using the 90's as some sort of measuring stick for what we should expect from him is not going to win this team any ball games. The most important thing is to maintain forward momentum, the demonstration of progress being made. This year was a big step backwards for EVERYONE involved with this organization -- Players AND Coaches.
Maybe Marvin should take control of the defense and assign other activities to other personnel...
There are MANY problems to be addressed this off-season to get the Marvin train heading back in the right direction.
As far as draft picks go Palmer was not a sure thing some people even had Boller rated higher than Palmer coming out of college. Lest we forget Palmer's best year was his last at USC.
You know what's sad? I *knew* Graham was going to miss. There was no doubt in my mind. Then there was no doubt that they were going to lose the toss, and that the Steelers would score.
What irritated me was the the Bengals seemed to have little interest in being there today. I drove almost 20 miles in a near blizzard to watch a team that didn't seem to care. In contrast, on the TV right next to the one the Bengals were on was Kansas City who were playing with fire and urgency. Same for Tennessee. It was different with the Bengals.
I like Marvin Lewis as a head coach and am glad he's in Cincinnati. But this team needs a major personality overhaul. They're missing something and I can't quite figure what it is. They need more leadership from players other than Carson Palmer. They need someone on defense who can play the role of field general.
But most of all they need a new defensive coach. Bresnehan should have his pink slip already. That defense is embarassing to watch. Pittsburgh made it look easy in the 4th quarter. It's as bad as any defense in the NFL and one of the worst the Bengals have ever had, and that's saying something.
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David
Help stamp out, eliminate, and do away with redundancy.
if the Bengals were smart they would cut bait on all the off the field losers that have pulled them down and made them the laughingstock of the NFL.
What are you, people? On dope? - Mr Hand
It's just one more brick in the finally completed outhouse that succinctly represents the 2006 Bengals franchise.