It's not a state secret that there's frustration with head coach Marvin Lewis right now. Fans are mad. The media questions his continued residency in Cincinnati. For all of the pro and counter arguments being made, it boils down to three words: No playoff wins [Not that we're actually identifying why Cincinnati lost those games... that would take too much effort].
One site ranked him No. 22 in their coaches power rankings. More on the hilarity in a moment.
While we get the point that Lewis isn't viewed as one of the best head coaches in the NFL, causing a slight rift among fans as to whether he can "take the Bengals to the next level", this is ridiculous. Not only is Lewis ranked worse than all but ten head coaches in the NFL, rookie head coach Bill O'Brien is ranked two spots ahead of him. Rookie, meaning that he's been the head coach of approximately zero NFL games.
Lewis deserves a little bit more credit. Not just because he's propelled the Bengals from the sewage-infested era from the 1990s, but because he's been the head coach of a team that's qualified for the postseason in four of the last five years. That list doesn't include 21 other head coaches, and certainly no rookies. No wins. True. And qualification for the postseason should no longer be the primary argument for Lewis. Ignoring it outright as a basis for a one-sided perspective is flawed.
Then again, how serious should we take a list that cites Mike Zimmer as the next Detroit Lions head coach (SMH).