While he changed the culture of the Bengals organization, he was unable to get the team to the promised land of the Super Bowl, and Monday it cost him his job.
The Bengals announced they have fired coach Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons, as he took the Bengals to the playoffs eight times, losing the first game each time they got to the postseason.
He earned 131 wins as the Bengals head coach, and was the NFL coach of the year in 2009. He just was never able to get past the first playoff game with no matter who he had on the roster.
“I didn’t deliver what the No. 1 goal is, and that’s to be world champions, and we did not get that done,” Lewis said at a Monday news conference.
“A lot of positives, but that’s the one goal as a coach you look forward to doing. [Bengals president] Mike [Brown] and I both decided it’s time. I think it’s a tough moment for both of us, but we both realized.”
The team will chat with coaching assistant and former Browns head coach Hue Jackson for the job.
“I think he’s more than qualified,” Lewis said at the news conference. “I think he’s been in a couple of difficult situations [in Oakland and Cleveland], and that’s tough, and it hasn’t broke his way. But I think he’s an excellent football coach, he’s a great motivator. So I think he deserves an opportunity, if not here, somewhere else.”
2009 NFL Coach of the Year.
Most career victories in #Bengals History.
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— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 31, 2018