If this NFL coaching doesn't work out, Marvin Lewis should try out for "Survivor." He'd never be voted off the island.
He's survived since 2003 with the Bengals, making "Survivor: Cincinnati" the second-longest coaching show in the NFL. Only Bill Belichick has more tenure than Lewis. That's about the only reason you'll see those two names mentioned in the same sentence.
After 10 years, Lewis can become a .500 coach if the Bengals beat Green Bay on Sunday. The precise tally is 80-81-1. Not many coaches in NFL history have been around so long and proven so little.
Every time Lewis looks like the reincarnation of David Shula, he transforms into Forrest Gregg. His boosters can point to consecutive playoff berths, and the fact he's the best coach the Bengals have had since team patriarch Paul Brown retired 38 years ago.
His critics can point out that's like being the best-dressed man on "Duck Dynasty." And that in the NFL, zero playoff wins in a decade is usually a fireable offense.