ZERO playoff appearances in the 10 years before him
Four playoff appearances in the 10 years with him (including 3 of the last 4)
One season of 0.500 or better in the 10 years before him
7 seasons of 0.500 or better in the 10 years with him
47-115 record in the 10 years before him
79-82-1 record in the 10 years with him
So there is no question that Marvin has patched up the sinking ship that was the 1990’s Cincinnati Bengals.
And he did it, despite Mike Brown impeding his progress.
He took something that was the joke of the league and turned it into something that is competitive each season, and looks to be on the rise
The are some coaches who are good at taking something that is bad, and making it good.
But for some of these coaches, that is as far as they can take it.
You can see it in any sport – a coach who is a good turnaround artist, but can’t get the team to the next level.
John Cooper at Ohio State did this – he took a team that was not playing like a typical OSU team, and made them relevant – made them a perennial top 10 team. But he couldn’t win the big game. He could get them into the top 10, but couldn’t get them to the national champion level.
And then there are other coaches who are good at taking something that is good, and making it great.
The guys who inherit teams that have a good core already in place, but just aren’t dominating – them take that team to the next level
Using the OSU example, then Jim Tressell came in and won a title with Cooper’s team. And reached 2 more natl title games.
So I’m wondering... Is Marvin Lewis one of these coaches who can take a decades’ bad team and make it good, but can’t get them any higher? Or is Marvin Lewis one of these coaches who can do both, but just needs more time to show us that he can get a team past the point of being a playoff contender that loses in the 1st round?
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