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Marvin Lewis named coach of year

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    I guess, but I think Norv & Sean Payton deserved it more. But I guess they figured Cinny needed something to celebrate after their epic collapse this year

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4831442


    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 20½ votes Saturday from a nationwide panel of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the league. He beat Sean Payton of New Orleans (11½), 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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  2. IFiredCHart

    IFiredCHart Well-Known Member

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    Lombardi or bust, baby. I like our coaches flying under the radar, as it makes it easier to keep them down the road. :)
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Norv's turning into the Rodney Dangerfield of coaches
     
  4. reddenedbeard

    reddenedbeard Well-Known Member

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    Yup .. Coach of the Year goes to team that had late season failure.. makes perfect sense.
     
  5. CraziFuzzy

    CraziFuzzy BoltTalker

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    Well, in a way, the coach who gets a crappy team to 'acceptable' performance levels would be better than a coach that gets a great team to great levels.. :icon_huh:
     
  6. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    Everyone expected Cincy to win 3 or 4 games this year. :icon_shrug:
     
  7. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    That is a bunch of B-S*it.

    10-6 and he wins it??? finishing the year 1-3 ???

    Sean Peyton 2nd??? finishing the year 0-3 ???

    Norv was robbed IMO.

    At least USA Today got it right with Norv.
     
  8. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    The season is 16 games long, not 3 or 4.

    There's only one award I care about Norv getting and this one isn't it.
     
  9. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    My point exactly, they voted based on everything BEFORE the month of December !!!

    If they used the whole 16 game season, they would not have finished ahead of Norv.

    Both coaches SUCKED BALLS the final month of the season.
     
  10. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    By suggesting he doesn't deserve it because he finished 1-3 you're saying the award should be given based on one month of the season. :icon_shrug:

    Marvin was given the award because the Bengals finished 10-6 and won their division when everyone expected them to finish with double digit losses.

    The fact that 3 of those losses came in December is immaterial.
     
  11. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    Nope, you should be judged by your whole body of work, the whole 16 game season.

    10-6 is not good enough IMO to get Coach Of The Year in 2009, especially from a dipsh*t like Lewis, when Norv won 11 in a row, got his team to 13-3, and scored 20 points or more in every game this season.

    Norv made some great playcalling this year, more so than previous years, and Lewis and thier O-Coordinator, don't even know what the hell they are doing.

    I live in Bengals country, and every Bengals fan I've encountered thinks Lewis should go, and alot were complaning about the Bengals collapse this year at work this week. Nobody supported Lewis and the O-Coordinator, and this award is now a joke.

    Chris Henry dying helped his cause I believe.
     
  12. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    I'm not saying Lewis is the most deserving for the award, I'm just saying 1-3 in December shouldn't be what disqualifies him.
     
  13. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    F-the MVP award.

    F-the Coach Of The Year award while we are at it.
     
  14. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    If Norv won this award B4L's head would have exploded. :lol:
     
  15. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    He should have got votes, as I said in another thread a week or so ago, but NOT more than Norv and what he has done in 2009.

    Bengals are still a mess.

    Pittsburgh will win that division next year.
     
  16. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    I'm not saying I agree with this decision but I think the reason was because NOBODY would have expected the Bengals to clinch their division.
    Bengals finishing ahead of the Steelers and Ravens... NO CHANCE IN HELL!!!
    Bengals sweeping the Steelers and Ravens... DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH!!!


    Obviously some arguments can be made since the Steelers didn't even make the playoffs but NOBODY would have bet money on that happening.

    As for Norv... The Chargers were expected to clinch their division.

    Saints were expected to clinch their division too but not to start at 13-0.



    I can see why this decision was made... BENGALS CLINCHING THEIR DIVISION WAS COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED!!!
     
  17. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    Perhaps, it just pisses me off when our team gets no deserving respect when we have winning seasons and deserve various individual awards.

    F-It, a SB win will make up for any disrespect, and I'll be the first to yell...

    F-U east coast media...

    Ha, Ha, Ha
     
  18. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    In other news, I gave myself the employee of the year award at my workplace. And I still got laid off because I was overqualified at my position...

    Pointy :icon_evil:
     
  19. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    I did that at my previous job that gave me the shaft after 5 years. :icon_rofl:
     
  20. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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  21. Shabba

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    I don't agree with the award going to Marvin Lewis. Why were expectations low for the Bengals going into this season? Because in previous seasons Lewis stunk the place out. He was the main reason the Bengals were expected to do nothing. Now, he has one good season and he's the Coach of the Year? Whatever.
     

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