Could Marvin Lewis lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to a deep playoff run?
While it’s true that Lewis led the Bengals to seven playoff appearances, he could never seal the deal and was one and done in the postseason every year the team qualified. He had some talented, and well-rounded teams, but for whatever reason, they weren’t able to get over the hump. They got really close in 2005 though.
Cincinnati won the AFC North that year on the strength of an 11-5 record. They had a collection of playmakers such as quarterback Carson Palmer wide receiver Chad Johnson and running back Rudy Johnson. They took on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs and lost a game they could’ve won had defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen not hurt Palmer’s knee.
In the end, the Bengals never won a playoff game during Lewis’ tenure, and that’s something he has to be held accountable for. On the other hand, he is the winningest coach in franchise history, and the only time the team has arguably enjoyed more success was when Paul Brown or Sam Wyche were the head coaches.
Teams that are interested in Lewis are surely aware of his lack of success in the playoffs. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be garnering so much consideration. If the Jaguars want to interview him for their potential head coach opening they have to decide if he can improve his postseason success and turn the team into a playoff contender year in and year out.