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CantStop85
01-16-2010, 11:00 AM
Lewis named coach of year

NEW YORK -- Marvin Lewis had much more than game plans to deal with this season.

Lewis won The Associated Press 2009 NFL Coach of the Year award for guiding his team to the playoffs during a season marked by tragedy.

The Cincinnati Bengals won the AFC North with a 10-6 record, just their second division title since 1990, both under Lewis. They did so despite the deaths of wide receiver Chris Henry and Vikki Zimmer, the wife of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Several players' families also were directly affected by the tsunami in the Samoan Islands.

For holding his team together under such circumstances and leading a turnaround from a 4-11-1 record in 2008, Lewis earned 20˝ votes Saturday from a nationwide panel of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the league. He beat Sean Payton of New Orleans (11˝), Norv Turner of San Diego (9) and Jim Caldwell of Indianapolis (7). Andy Reid of Philadelphia and Ken Whisenhunt of Arizona had a single vote each.

"I'm flattered," said Lewis, whose seventh season as Bengals coach ended with a 24-14 home loss to the Jets in the wild-card round. "I never took any credibility to it, that it could occur, but I am flattered. I would trade it to still be playing.

"To me, this is more a recognition of the organization, for the coaching staff and the hard work they've done, and for the players."

Few coaches have dealt with such a season of grief. Vikki Zimmer, who used to bake treats for the players, died unexpectedly in October. Two weeks earlier, defensive linemen Jonathan Fanene and Domata Peko and rookie linebacker Rey Maualuga struggled to contact family in American Samoa after a tsunami devastated the region.

In December, Henry, on injured reserve with a broken left forearm, fell from the back of a pickup truck after an argument with his fiancée and was killed.

So Lewis was as much a therapist and psychologist for his team as he was a strategist.

"Just look at that load right there he's beared," veteran guard Bobbie Williams said. "With Chris, Vikki Zimmer, the Samoan Islands. ... There's been a lot of weight on his shoulders, and through the not-so-good seasons when it seemed like the world might have been crashing down, he's been that rock for the team and for the city. ... When you look at it, you're like, 'Dang, that's a lot, that's a lot.' But you know what? He's still there and he's still rolling and he's still coach."

He is the Bengals' first AP Coach of the Year winner since the team's founder, Paul Brown, won the award in 1970.

"Our coaches did a great job of helping through those times and being there in support of Mike and his family, support of the players through the tsunami, and then with Chris' death and how that affected certain guys," Lewis said. "All that being said, I think again the credit should come to the entire group because they did this. I think we had a good group of leadership."

Those team leaders credit Lewis for changing the environment in Cincinnati. There were far fewer unchecked egos this season, and the influx of youth worked well.

"Marvin's really gotten better with gauging our team, and a lot of it is because he knows our individual players," quarterback Carson Palmer said. "He knows when to back off, he knows when to put shoulder pads on, he knows when to hold us longer for meetings, he knows when to get us out of practice earlier. And that's a head coach's main job, to get his team ready to play on Sundays."

The Bengals certainly were ready in the first half of the schedule, going 7-2 and sweeping Pittsburgh and Baltimore to take command of the division. They faltered down the stretch, losing three of their final four -- all against playoff teams.

But how many teams wouldn't have struggled under all of the adversity handed the Bengals?

"He knows real life," Peko said. "He was able to not only be our coach but a father and mentor to some of us."
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steeltheone
01-16-2010, 11:04 AM
Thats unreal. This guy gets more free passes than any coach ever!

Edman
01-16-2010, 11:08 AM
Whatever buys him more time in Cinci, I'm up for it. Looks like their once in a while good season saved his job. Mike Zimmer is the real coach that inspired that team, not Marv.

Congratulations anyway, Marv.

Psyychoward86
01-16-2010, 11:11 AM
Marvin Lewis: "Thanks Coach Zimmer"

Zimmer:"You're welcome Marvin"

supa_fly_steeler
01-16-2010, 11:31 AM
marvin lewis is a ---- im not congratulating him, someone else should of got the award probably Rex Ryan he did a real good job with the defense

msafford
01-16-2010, 11:45 AM
marvin lewis is a twat im not congratulating him, someone else should of got the award probably Rex Ryan he did a real good job with the defense

I'm sorry, but could you please take it easy with the language, supa? enough already.

stillers4me
01-16-2010, 11:57 AM
Mike Tomlin.......youngest head coach to ever win a Superbowl

Trump.

Steel-Bryan
01-16-2010, 12:50 PM
Well desrved imho

RoethlisBURGHer
01-16-2010, 01:41 PM
The Colts coach lost it when he decided 16-0 wasn't something he wanted to achieve.

supa_fly_steeler
01-16-2010, 02:30 PM
I'm sorry, but could you please take it easy with the language, supa? enough already.

Sorry im just expressing my reason... Hes such a bad coach they had 1 good year because us and the rats did not play well.. Every Bengal wanted him gone after the Jets games lol now they want him to stay.

He sure likes to hide behind Coach Zimmer. He says tragedy my ass, Coach Zimmer was the one that was dealing with tragedy, Lewis never liked Henry infact remember when he said he shouldnt even be in the NFL i cant base my view on a coach "good" or coach of the year with just 1 flukey turnaround if Jim Schwartz guided the Lions to say 6-10 the first year then 7-9 then 8-8 maybe playoffs within the next 3 years id call that great... Rex Ryan on the other hand apart from revis and rhodes turned a completley porus defense into into the #1 ranked defense and #1 rushing attack... I may not like him loads because he was a rat but he talks sense and coaches well and he should be coach of the year.

SMR
01-16-2010, 03:14 PM
Lewis? Seriously?! I'd give my vote to Rex Ryan of Jets.

Glace
01-16-2010, 03:50 PM
WTF...just because Henry thought he was Beavis....he gets coach of the year....what a crock.

Angus Burgher
01-16-2010, 06:10 PM
Oh, you have seriously got to be shitting me. Marvin Lewis is the luckiest asshat in the NFL.

UltimateBengal
01-16-2010, 06:36 PM
Sorry im just expressing my reason... Hes such a bad coach they had 1 good year because us and the rats did not play well.. Every Bengal wanted him gone after the Jets games lol now they want him to stay.

He sure likes to hide behind Coach Zimmer. He says tragedy my ass, Coach Zimmer was the one that was dealing with tragedy, Lewis never liked Henry infact remember when he said he shouldnt even be in the NFL i cant base my view on a coach "good" or coach of the year with just 1 flukey turnaround if Jim Schwartz guided the Lions to say 6-10 the first year then 7-9 then 8-8 maybe playoffs within the next 3 years id call that great... Rex Ryan on the other hand apart from revis and rhodes turned a completley porus defense into into the #1 ranked defense and #1 rushing attack... I may not like him loads because he was a rat but he talks sense and coaches well and he should be coach of the year.

Supa, you are cool cat, but you're way off hear man. Not just you, bust most of the posts don't seem to think Marvin deserved it. Marvin brought kept this team together during a terrible year in 08, and continued to move them in the right direction this year. His team won 10 games, the North division(6-0), and earned a playoff spot through a year in which they suffered through 2 deaths and key injuries. They did it with a makeshift O-line and no proven TE. Zimmer played a huge part, but Zimm is here because of Lewis! Who else deserved it more than Marvin? Norv Turner, Jim Caldwell, Rex Ryan? I don't think so! Turner was expected to do well after going 8-8 last year. Caldwell is coaching Dungy's team and didn't go for 16-0. And Ryan's team was too inconsistent throughout the year even though they did make the playoffs. Plus Marvin has to overcome the history in Cincy and Mike Brown!!! Going 56-55-1 as Bengals is no easy task, Marvin deserves it!!:drink:

Angus Burgher
01-16-2010, 06:44 PM
Why not Sean Payton? His team finished last in the division last year and this year is the top seed in the NFC (and might just win it all if today was any indication)? The only argument that could be made for Lewis was that despite his team being a shitpile for years, he managed to get them to the playoffs before they were promptly knocked out.

supa_fly_steeler
01-16-2010, 06:51 PM
Supa, you are cool cat, but you're way off hear man. Not just you, bust most of the posts don't seem to think Marvin deserved it. Marvin brought kept this team together during a terrible year in 08, and continued to move them in the right direction this year. His team won 10 games, the North division(6-0), and earned a playoff spot through a year in which they suffered through 2 deaths and key injuries. They did it with a makeshift O-line and no proven TE. Zimmer played a huge part, but Zimm is here because of Lewis! Who else deserved it more than Marvin? Norv Turner, Jim Caldwell, Rex Ryan? I don't think so! Turner was expected to do well after going 8-8 last year. Caldwell is coaching Dungy's team and didn't go for 16-0. And Ryan's team was too inconsistent throughout the year even though they did make the playoffs. Plus Marvin has to overcome the history in Cincy and Mike Brown!!! Going 56-55-1 as Bengals is no easy task, Marvin deserves it!!:drink:

Hey man i choose Rex Ryan because of that defense he put together and created a whole new identity for that team the offense is crap as well all know as well as braylon edwards... I do think Marvin did a good job, but i don't think he can sustain it. As for Norv Turner that team is stupid, didn't they fire their coach after a 15-1 season?. THere one and done.

Marvin now has a winning record? I think he should stick around as the Coach although most want him out at Go-Bengals because of the Jets game lol.

Nadroj 20
01-16-2010, 06:57 PM
Hey man i choose Rex Ryan because of that defense he put together and created a whole new identity for that team the offense is crap as well all know as well as braylon edwards... I do think Marvin did a good job, but i don't think he can sustain it. As for Norv Turner that team is stupid, didn't they fire their coach after a 15-1 season?. THere one and done.

Marvin now has a winning record? I think he should stick around as the Coach although most want him out at Go-Bengals because of the Jets game lol.

You really think the chargers are one and done?

I dont see that man, they are playing a really good D but i think they are the representative of the AFC in the superbowl the way theyve been playing.

lionslicer
01-16-2010, 07:11 PM
Coaches that win the award are typically guys who coach a team from a bad record to a way better record. Rex Ryan didn't win because the Jets have the exact same record they did last year, just this year they made the playoffs.

Mike Smith won last year because he took Atlanta which turned into a bad team without Vick, and made them a playoff team.

Godfather
01-16-2010, 07:29 PM
Marv winning isn't so outlandish. Anyone who coaches the Bungholes to a winning record has a strong case.

supa_fly_steeler
01-16-2010, 08:03 PM
You really think the chargers are one and done?

I dont see that man, they are playing a really good D but i think they are the representative of the AFC in the superbowl the way theyve been playing.

Yea i think, even if they do beat the Jets they never win big, always contenders each year.

CantStop85
01-16-2010, 08:07 PM
Marv winning isn't so outlandish. Anyone who coaches the Bungholes to a winning record has a strong case.

Personally, I think it was a pretty justified pick. Marvin has essentially rebuilt the team twice. There are only 7 players left on the team who were on the 2005 playoff roster. And the Bengals weren't chock full of talent...I would say that the Steelers and Ravens both had more talent than the Bengals did...after all they didn't even have a single pro bowler. Taking that team to the playoffs is a pretty nice accomplishment.

steeltheone
01-16-2010, 09:59 PM
It has more to do with the Steelers and Ravens failures than the Bengals success.

Angus Burgher
01-16-2010, 11:02 PM
Agreed. Personally, I think the media was relishing the fact that an AFC team (and a questionable one at that) was able to sweep the two teams from the conference championship last year.

Galax Steeler
01-17-2010, 07:20 AM
It has more to do with the Steelers and Ravens failures than the Bengals success.

Bingo we have a winner here.:drink:

revefsreleets
01-18-2010, 09:06 AM
He won this because they don't give out "Parole Officer of the Year" awards in the NFL.

This guy did an amazing job. He manged to keep a team filled with punks, thugs, criminals, head cases, massive ego's, nitwits and attention *****s playing together well enough to win the Division and make the playoffs. Of course he's much more like a prison warden than a head coach, but who's counting?

pghfrank1948
01-18-2010, 12:33 PM
Coach of the Year is another one of those BS awards, Chuck Knoll never got Coach of the Year, it like Obama getting the Peace Prize BS.

fansince'76
01-18-2010, 12:38 PM
Dick Jauron once won this award. Just sayin'....