Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/25/14
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Since Marvin Lewis arrived in Cincinnati in 2003, the Bengals have shown flashes of hope to their fans, only to disappoint on a regular basis. A promising 11-5 season in 2005 that included a playoff berth spawned 3 straight seasons of regression. Another playoff invite in 2009 was quickly dashed the following year as the Bengals dropped to 4-12. The constants throughout all those seasons have been Lewis and owner Mike Brown.  While Lewis enjoys the non-meddling ownership that Brown provides, critics of the franchise cite both Brown and Lewis for the team’s failure to realize potential and build upon past success. Brown is heavily barraged in many circles for having little to no business skills when it comes to minding a salary cap, and a lack of accountability for the good young talent that has been acquired for Lewis to coach. Lewis, who took the job after winning a Super Bowl as a DC in Baltimore, has had 8 years to prove he can build a contender on his own, and the results have ...
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