The day after the Bengals were knocked out of the play-offs, I came to my favorite blog to read what others are feeling. most of it is the same sentimates I have. However I cannot agree with the fire Marvin Lewis comments, or even get rid of Carson chatter. I have too many bad memories of the Shula, Coslet, LeBeau, era, and the never ending revolving door at the QB.
Those calling to get rid of Marvin and Carson need to take a deep breath.
This year proved that Marvin can put a really good team on the field. He coached the youngest team in football to 10 wins. He took a QB who was again returning from major injury, a completely new offensive line, new wide receiver corps, no real tight-ends, and coaxed 10 victories.
This is also ignoring all of the off-field issues that hit this team.
Yes he did not get the play-off win we all were hoping for, but that will come. Of course there are a lot of things that need to be fixed for this to happen; we on this blog can name a couple 100. For example I do believe that a new Offensive Coordinator is desperately needed. I do believe a new Quarterback's coach is needed. I have no problem drafting someone in a mid round who the team believes they can mold into a starting QB; Carson is in his 30's now and has been beat-up.
This team is still missing that total stud defensive player that others fear. This team still needs a consistent pass rush. The list goes on, and hopefully they will get fixed, it will be an interesting off-season. We will watch and debate.
I will however remind people that this off-season will be one made more confusing by the negotiations over the CBA (and for those who thinks Mike Brown is an idiot - he was 100% right about the last CBA). Because of this the team may not be able to make all the moves we would want.
Still I saw a lot of great moves last season that turned a 4-11-1 team into a play-off contender, and to be honest I don't believe those were flukes. I think this team is heading in the right directions.