Before the start of today's Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals game, a rumor was floating around that if at some point the Bengals decided to fire Marvin Lewis from his job, Hue Jackson might take over as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals might want to seriously consider that now because the Cleveland Browns crushed the Cincinnati Bengals this afternoon 35-20.
At one point in the game, Cleveland led 28-0. Nick Chubb and Baker Mayfield look really good. The Browns defense did as well. The entire Bengals team looked lost. Andy Dalton was injured during the game for the Bengals and he did not return.
Because of this debacle by Cincinnati, is it finally time for them to pull the plug on Marvin Lewis as head coach of this team?
There is no doubt it should be done. It should have been done after the loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Round a few years ago. Marvin Lewis being kept this long is an utter disgrace.
The Cincinnati Bengals ownership should be embarrassed. They are too loyal to Lewis and something needs to be done. This team has too much talent to be mediocre. Cincinnati needs the right coach. They need a coach who will discipline this team.
Lewis doesn't provide it. The Bengals record is 5-6 so far this season. They started the season 4-1 and they are still alive for the sixth seed in the AFC with five games remaining. Marvin Lewis needed to be fired before Cincinnati's next game on Sunday at home against the Denver Broncos.
The Cincinnati Bengals have a tough five game stretch to end the season. They also play the Los Angeles Chargers, the Oakland Raiders, the Cleveland Browns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cincinnati also has the worst defense in the league. That is another sign of talent going down the drain because of coaching. It wouldn't be a terrible idea to make Hue Jackson the interim coach for the remainder of the season.
They should make Jackson the coach for the remainder of the season and see how it goes. If it doesn't work out, Cincinnati could find a coach for next season.
A few names that could be a good fit in Cincinnati is Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, and Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy (if Green Bay moves on from him).