Anthony Munoz: Marvin Lewis Needs Playoff Win

Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs

Tiki and Tierney
October 29, 2018 - 7:45 am

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Not a lot of NFL coaches can go 0-7 in the playoffs and still have a job.

Marvin Lewis, however, is different.

The Bengals coach is in the midst of his 16th season in Cincinnati. He led the Bengals to the playoffs in 2005, 2009 and 2011-15 – and lost every time. Then he went 13-18-1 the last two seasons.

Didn’t get fired.

“For five, six years, they were in the playoffs, (but) the last two years have not been very good,” Hall of Fame offensive lineman Anthony Munoz said on Tiki and Tierney. “There were some people who were very surprised he was back after the last two years, especially this last year, but he’s back and so you got to move forward. I know a lot of people are saying, ‘It’s time for a change. It’s time for a change.’ But I think this start, hopefully, has really eased a lot of that for a lot of the fans. They’re off to a good start.”

The Bengals are 4-2 and atop the AFC North. A division title, however, will not satisfy fans. Lewis has won five AFC North crowns for the Bengals.

Fans want a playoff win.

“The conversation is always, ‘Hey, they might win the division, they might get in the playoffs, but give me a playoff win,’” Munoz said. “You know as well as I do that’s how coaches are judged: getting into the postseason and winning playoff games. I think this is a big year. I think this is a big year for Marvin.”

The Bengals play the Chiefs (5-1) in Kansas City on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.