When a team is consistently horrible (such as the Cleveland Browns) it’s easy to just blow the whole thing up and start over every couple of years. The fans are behind such an action, because the previous attempt was no good, and it sure can’t get any worse.
And when a team is consistently good (such as New England) it’s easy to do nothing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And the fans are behind such a lack of action, because what is in place is working.
But when a team is only good (such as Cincinnati) it becomes more difficult to set the correct course of action. The Bengals are averaging 10-6 the last 3 years. And there are a lot of teams that would be happy to make the playoffs 3 straight seasons. But after 3 straight years of ‘good’, the fans are getting restless for that next step up to ‘great’.
So what are the Bengals to do...?
If you do nothing, you’re likely going to stay at ‘good’, which is a good place to be. It’s a place that a lot of other teams would like to be. But ultimately it’s not where you want to be.
If you blow the whole thing up (replace Lewis and/or Dalton), there is a chance to get better and finally reach ‘great’. But there is a much higher probability of getting worse.
It has taken the Marvin Lewis Construction Company many years to build this nice building. It is a good building. It is a nice building. It’s a heck of a better building than the previous eyesore which occupied that spot. But it’s not a great building. It has some flaws, and fails to resonate as one of the top buildings out there. It’s a nice cathedral, but no Notre Dame in Paris or St Basil’s in Moscow.
Do you smile at the building and say, "It’s nice. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good." Or do you take the wrecking ball to the building and tear it down brick by brick, attempting to build something even more spectacular in its place?