YardBarker- Speaking Monday, the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals defended both Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones, who cost the team a chance to win a playoff game for the first time since 1991.
In particular, he defended Burfict’s now-infamous hit on Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown.
“It didn’t go over the edge,” Lewis said of Burfict’s hit, via Marc Sessler of NFL.com. “Unfortunately, he can’t have that kind of blow with a guy that’s receiving a pass. It didn’t go over the edge. I don’t think it’s over the line, I think it’s part of what football is now. And you have to learn to play within the scope of what football is right now.”
I don't think I am out of line by saying that Marvin Lewis is probably a terrible parent. Not only does he not know the first thing about discipline, but his ability to identify the edge is about as prolific as his ability to win in the playoffs. Something tells me Mrs. Lewis was the one grabbing the kids by their collar when they were peeking over the side of the Grand Canyon on family vacation. How often do you think they almost drowned in the deep end when daddy was on babysitting duty? Hey Marvin, what exactly is over the edge? Death? Because Vontaze Burfict trying to detach Antonio Brown's head from his spine was like one step below attempted murder. Pretty incredible for a Head Coach not to know where the edge is when his team goes into a constant free fall every single time they make the postseason. You'd think he would have taken a mental note of where to be cautious by now.
Your move, Cincinnati. Marvin Lewis basically just slapped you across the face with his resignation letter. All you have to do now is accept it. I think it's literally gotten to the point where Lewis is trying to get fired. Not only is that the only explanation for a statement this ill advised, but it's probably the only way it's going to happen. Other than his comically atrocious record in big games, the biggest knock on Marvin Lewis is his inability to control his locker room. The Cincinnati Bengals roster is chocked full of more questionable characters than early Dr. Seuss cartoons, and by supporting their stupidity he is essentially enabling it. That's why Marvin Lewis should have already been canned. It's not just because of his win/loss record in the postseason, but his decision to constantly harbor a culture of complete and utter chaos. It doesn't even matter if they play good football for him, because they have proved that their inability to control their emotions will eventually come back to haunt them at the worst possible time. This quote shows that despite the gut wrenching and embarrassing fashion in which his team's season ended, they still haven't learned the error of their ways. Until they have a new coach I am just not certain that they will.