NFL overreaction Monday: What’s right and wrong

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on from the sideline in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

Where it’s right to overreact

Time for the Bengals to move on from Marvin Lewis

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has had an abysmal record in the playoffs, 0-7, and hasn’t had any recent success in the regular season.

Lewis and Co. only won six games last year and have started this season in horrifying fashion.

The Bengals lost to their division rival, the Baltimore Ravens, 20-0 while being at home and playing against injured quarterback Joe Flacco.

Scoring zero points in the home opener is inexcusable. If Lewis doesn’t have a monumental turn around quickly, he should be sent out-of-town.

The Bengals’ Week 6 bye makes for a great time to let go of Lewis if the team does not turn it around.

Lewis has a difficult upcoming schedule with two out of the next three games on the road. If he wants to remain on the coaching staff past the bye week, he might need a few surprising victories.

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The Browns are much improved

The Cleveland Browns only losing the Pittsburgh Steelers by three points is no fluke. After closely following Hue Jackson in Oakland, it is quite apparent how special of a coach Jackson is.

My one point of advice to every NFL fan, never sleep on HUE JACKSON!

Jackson has quietly assembled a decent team with plenty of draft picks for the future. He might even have his franchise quarterback in Deshone Kizer.

Kizer will outperform expectations all season long, for Jackson will be the one calling the plays and helping Kizer with his transition into the NFL.

Remember, Jackson turned the 2010 Raiders’ offense, that boasted Jason Campbell at quarterback, into the No. 6 best scoring offense in the NFL. Jackson is as special of an offensive mind as there is in NFL history. And yes the praise is real.

Also, look what has happened to QB Andy Dalton and the Bengals after Jackson’s departure.

No, Cleveland is nowhere near being a playoff team. But Jackson will have them be competitive this season and will, at some point, build this franchise into a playoff contender.

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Sep 25, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after a NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Titans 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders are better than they were in 2016

Oakland’s defense had an impressive showing on Sunday. Despite opening on the road against the heavily touted Marcus Mariota, the Raiders held the Tennessee Titans to just 16 points.

On offense, quarterback Derek Carr started right where he left off in 2016 as an MVP caliber quarterback. Moreover, wide receiver Amari Cooper is vastly improved, Carr finally has a solid tight end target in Jared Cook and running back Marshawn Lynch might be the best closer in all of the NFL.

Oakland’s offense is better and their defense is better even without their top two selections from the 2017 NFL draft.

Now, the Raiders earned themselves a date with the putrid New York Jets at home. The Raiders are not messing around and should win by at least 20 points next week.


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

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