Monday, January 3, 2011

Marvin And Mike's Game Won't Last Long

I have a feeling this won't last long.  I could be very wrong, but here's where I see Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown heading:
Marvin knows what he wants, and Mike knows what he's willing to give.  If what Mike is willing to give is enough, then the game would have been over a long time ago.  I think Marvin goes in to Mike's office Monday morning, and a short time later they will part ways.  Apparently someone from the Lewis camp has already leaked information to the national media that Marvin would like changes in the organization in order to stay.  That way Marvin can leave with his head high, even if Mike has already decided to move in another direction.  Marvin can say he needs to move on because the organization isn't at a level that will allow him to win consistently.  Even if Mike had not made up his mind one way or the other, I doubt he appreciates being put in this position.  So if Mike was looking for one more reason to take Marvin out back and pull the trigger, Lewis just loaded the gun for him.  I know there's a large faction of Bengals fans who think it is time for Marvin to move one.  I think Marvin might even feel that way.  But the best case for long-term Bengals success will come if Marvin stays.  That means Mike Brown has decided to make some much-needed changes.  But I think the odds are about the same now as they were 19 years ago.  That's when a guy named Sam Wyche walked into Mike's office and asked for some changes in the organization.  Sam and Mike parted ways on Christmas eve.  It will be even easier for Mike to part with his head coach on January 3.       

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