"Heads the list"?! I think this guy is overstating it quite a bit. The Bengals are once again being mentioned as one the favorites this season, so if they go another 8-8, a lot of people won't be happy (myself included). On the other hand, it speaks volumes about what he has done, that an 8-8 record would get people upset. It hasn't been too long since 8-8 would have been reason to celebrate.
Another .500 season and ten arrests might be enough to get him run out of town, but I don't see the arrest thing repeating. <joke>No one was arrested yesterday, and so far no one has been arrested today, so that's proof right there that things have turned around. </joke>
To say that he "heads the list of coaches on the hot seat" is going WAY too far. Yes, his leash may be getting shorter, but he's a long way from being fired. I think it would take 6-10 for that to happen. Marvin Lewis will raise a Lombardi Trophy into the air someday. I hope his cap has a little bengal tiger head logo on it when he does.
I'll say that for another coach on this guy's list, as well: Jeff Fisher. The Titans would be making a huge mistake to fire one of the very best coaches in the league. Just wait to see what will happen to the Titans if he's gone.
Anyway, here's the quote about Lewis...
...and here's the complete article...It looked so promising for Lewis after the 2005 season. The Bengals had won the AFC North, tossing aside years of losing and jokes from talk-show hosts to become one of the most explosive teams in the league. But when Carson Palmer was lost with a severe knee injury in the Bengals’ wild-card playoff loss to the Steelers, the franchise went into reverse. Not only did the team struggle in 2006 with an 8-8 record, the Bengals became the poster boys for commissioner Roger Goodell’s zero-tolerance policy for criminal behavior. The Bengals have had 10 players run afoul of the law since Jan. 1, 2006, and Lewis will bear the responsibility for turning the situation around. Not only do the Bengals have to return to the playoffs, but they have to change their off-the-field behavior and show that they can become solid citizens. It might not be Lewis’s fault, but the head coach is the symbol of the franchise, and owner Mike Brown never has shown the inclination to take the pressure off of his top lieutenant.