30 years? 40 years? 50 years? 100 years?
When will the consistent and mind-numbing losing be enough for a change? How big of a sample size do you need before realizing that the current way of running an NFL team just doesn't produce results. How long does this miserable display have to continue before an actual front office structure is put in place with a general manager, respectable scouting department, and smart football people making football decisions.
Sunday night's hollowing 24-17 loss to the Steelers was just another example in a long line of defeats to the big boys in the AFC North. Despite all of the Steelers injuries and issues on the road this season - if you thought the Bengals were actually winning this game - you are a moron. We have just seen the movie script too many times. An outmatched Jay Gruden combined with a shocking lack of discipline on defense allowed a 21-3 run by Pittsburgh, on the road.
Halfway decent teams don't lose games when they are up 14-3 at home on Sunday night. Period.
After a 3-1 start, the Bengals are now 3-4 going into a stretch with two more home games against Peyton Manning (noodle arm or not he's going to obillerate our secondary) and Eli Manning (Victor Cruz might rack up 300 yards receiving). So now you are staring down the barrel of 3-6 before a 'breather' of sorts against KC and Oakland before a downright brutal December schedule.
The Bengals will finish 6-10 or 7-9, because that's just what they do, but it will still go down as one of the most disappointing seasons in team history.
Worst of all - a completely robotic Marvin Lewis has lost all will to live - which was clearly evident following yesterday's post-game press conference. In previous years, I'd argue he would just quit. Now? I think he understands there is nowhere else for him to go. He knows he won't get fired - not with two more years on his contract. He'll coach the remainder of his contract, collect millions, and then move on to the next opportunity.
Is he a good coach? Hell if I know. Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells or Vince Lombardi himself wouldn't have succeeded here under this ownership. If he gets another opportunity somewhere, it will be fascinating to see the results.
The culture inside PBS is beyond bad, it's a toxic waste dump. Absolutely nothing will turn this team around until the front office changes - and night's like last night drive that point home with a sledgehammer.
When the topic arises, Marvin preaches all the time that no one in the building wants to win more than Mike Brown. Based on the results since January 1991, what a horrifying prospect.