Cincinnati Bengals fans, it's time to celebrate...but not too hard. Because the next head coach of the team could be even worse.
Nonetheless, at the moment, we've been hit with the news that Marvin Lewis has been fired after 16 seasons with the franchise.
Marvin Lewis has informed his #Bengals staff he's out as coach, source said. Owner Mike Brown made the decision.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 31, 2018
After years of mediocrity, owner Mike Brown has finally made the decision Bengals fans were yearning for. Lewis has been with the team since 2003 and has not led Cincinnati past the Wild Card round of the playoffs. While they made the postseason six times between 2009-2015, the Bengals were just unable to get over the hump.
It'll be an uphill battle for the franchise as they look for a new head coach and begin rebuilding their roster.
Lewis actually did a solid job this year after the team became decimated with injuries. Backup QB Jeff Driskel managed to keep the Whodey in close games against formidable teams despite missing top target AJ Green.
Whatever the case, it was a perfect excuse for the Bengals to finally part ways with Lewis, who missed the playoffs for three straight years, which included two last-place finishes in the AFC North.