Marvin Lewis…..

Marvin Lewis might not win a Coach Of The Year award this season. BUT, I believe he’s in the running for the Luckiest Son Of A Bitch In Sports trophy!

This past Tuesday, January 2nd, the Cincinnati Bengals decided to sign their perennial underachieving head coach Marvin Lewis to a two-year extension AFTER a mediocre 7-9 season. These will be Lewis’ 16th and 17th seasons as Bengals head coach, which consists of a .527 winning percentage and seven playoff appearances.

But, let’s not forget the ZERO playoff wins that have resulted in his seven appearances.

It’s baffling to me how someone could have such stellar job security like Lewis does in this day and age. Every year, we see coaches tossed for poor performances, and lack of success with their respective teams. BUT, some how some way, Marvin Lewis just keeps finding a way to hang around.

And I get it, it’s not his fault. If I continued to stay employed regardless of my performance, I would ride that wave as long as possible.

But, in all honesty, he should be fired NOW! In 15 years and 7 playoff appearances, you couldn’t lead your team to ONE win? ONE WIN? There are/were much better coaches with more success that were fired quicker than Marvin Lewis. And, they actually won a playoff game.

Let’s look at Lovie Smith for instance, since I am a Bears fan. Lovie finished his 9 year tenure in Chicago with a .563 winning percentage and 3 playoff appearances. BUT, he actually proved to be a winner when it matters; winning 3 games and leading his 2006 squad to a Super Bowl berth.

But after all of that, Lovie was fired as Bears head coach in 2012 EVEN THOUGH Chicago finished the season 10-6. And let’s not forget the fact they were JUST SHY of the playoffs if it wasn’t for a lost tie-breaker with the Vikings.

But, I guess the Bengals brass sees something in Marvin Lewis. They go against the status quo and are staying loyal to their coach, even after years of underachieving. I don’t understand it, I don’t agree with it, but I guess we’ll have to live with it.

 

But I want to know, what do you think of the Marvin Lewis situation? Do you believe he should be fired? Or did the Bengals make the right move in keeping him? LET ME KNOW in the comments below, or on one of Weekly Sports World’s various social media pages;

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Women Coaching Male Sports

Before I begin this article, I would like to start by congratulating Becky Hammon, Jen Welter, and Nancy Lieberman on being hired as coaches for their respective teams. Hammon, Welter and Lieberman have become the first three women to secure coaching positions with major men’s sports organizations. Now, the reason that I bring this up is because I’ve had some conversations recently about the topic of women coaching men’s sports, and I would like to give my opinion on the topic; in a more extensive form.

Now, my definition of what it takes to be a coach in any sport is experience; do you have experience in that particular sport? Have you played/coached in that particular sport professionally for a significant amount of time? When it comes to these three individuals, they all have just that, experience. They have each played professionally in their respective sports for numerous years, and have become students of the game during their tenures. I don’t understand how some people can say that there is a difference in the sports, and to be quite honest I only see two; the differences in their abilities (such as how alot more men can dunk than women), and the fact that one has men playing and the other has women playing. I mean if you can see another difference, please feel free to tweet me or leave it in the comments; but to me, plays are still plays, schemes are still schemes, no matter if it’s men running them or women running them.

Just think, the only two major differences between a female coach and a male coach is their gender (obviously), and the different plays/schemes that they run (which always comes with a new coach coming to an organization). I mean look at the great Pat Summitt for example; she is a woman, and she is considered one of the greatest college basketball coaches ever. She obviously knew what she was doing when she lead the University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball team to 8 titles, as well as a .841 winning percentage during her tenure as head coach. So, simply put, when it comes to coaching, it’s all about your knowledge of the game and not what your gender is.