Rankings, lists, and offseason debate fodder will finally submit to training camp news, position battles, and the romance of the team and sport. Those with enthusiastic wide-eyed expectations will have their mantel tested when the Bengals and the rest of the NFL puts on their shells to workout in the beautiful humid air in Cincinnati (well, just the Bengals... the rest of the NFL won't be training in Cincinnati).
But we're not finished with the offseason. Not yet. That means cleaning the slate from those ridiculously annoying rankings, lists, and offseason fodder.
Pete Prisco with CBSSports.com is ranking the best head coaches in the NFL, listing Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis at No. 13.
In 10 seasons as the Bengals coach, Lewis is 79-80-1, which isn't great. But he has been to the playoffs four times. The problem is he's 0-4 in those games. He has been in the postseason each of the past two years.
If we include the postseason record, that falls to 79-84-1. At least it's an improvement from 60-67-1 after 2010, when it appeared that Lewis was on his way out. But it's hard to dispute reaching the playoffs in three of the past four years.
Fair ranking? Would you go higher?