Lewis, the second longest tenured active coach in the NFL, is in the midst of a 5-8-1 season in Cincinnati, one of his worst years as the Bengals head coach. Sunday’s loss also ensures this will be a losing season for Cincinnati, something the city hasn’t experienced since A.J. Green and Andy Dalton were drafted in 2011.
After the game, a reporter asked Bengals cornerback Adam Jones a question in the locker room that implied Marvin Lewis' message hasn't resonated with the Bengals this season. "Not true, next question,” Jones quickly replied.
A follow up question was asked, “He (Marvin Lewis) always uses the line, "players win, coaches lose." Jones again said “not true” before the question was fully asked. The question was then repeated to him.
And, Jones backed up that Lewis quote and said, “As a player, it’s all on us. Coaches coach, players play. Marvin can’t go out there and guard AB (Antonio Brown). He can’t tackle Le’Veon Bell. But he can put us in great positions to make plays and not one point today that we wasn’t in good position. So, can't put that on Marvin.”
What do you think about Jones’ comments and whether Lewis should be blamed for the Bengals’ loss to the Steelers.