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Old 01-16-2010, 11:20 AM    (permalink
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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 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 1/2 votes Saturday from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. He beat Sean Payton of New Orleans (11 1/2), 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 the tsunami devastated the region.

In December, wide receiver Chris Henry, on injured reserve with a broken left forearm, fell from the back of a pickup truck after an argument with his fiancee 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."

And he's Coach of the Year, the first for the Bengals 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 the adversity handled 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."

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:23 AM    (permalink
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Given the expectations, coming into this season and sweeping the AFC North definitely befits this award. Playoff loss is a shame but the team wasn't particularly dynamic and you have to give it up for transforming the team into a defensive/run based squad all while keeping Ocho on the leash and dealing with multiple deaths and distractions.
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Fair decision. He deserves it.
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Definitely deserved it. He overcame adversity to lead his team to the playoffs.
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He really deserved it. Good for him.
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If Bill Pollian wasn't the GM of the Colts and Jim Caldwell had balls, Jim Caldwell would have easily been coach of the year.
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When will the Whis get the love and credit he deserves
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If Bill Pollian wasn't the GM of the Colts and Jim Caldwell had balls, Jim Caldwell would have easily been coach of the year.
if jim caldwell actually coached, he would be coach of the year. peyton is more of a coach that he is.
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Should have gone to the coach that just beat him down in the playoffs. The team was 1-5 against winning teams outside of their division and a pitiful lost to the raiders.
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When will the Whis get the love and credit he deserves
Last year was the only year where he really had a chance to win it with the cards, and there were much better candidaties like Sporano, Mike Smith, and Harbaugh. He is not going to get it for getting a team that went to the SB last year back in the playoffs. Unless the Cards go 16-0 (not gonna happen) Whis will not win it with the cards
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i feel personally offended by this award! all voters who didnt vote for brad childress should lose their voting privledges! this is an outrage!!!!!!!
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i feel personally offended by this award! all voters who didnt vote for brad childress should lose their voting privledges! this is an outrage!!!!!!!
i hope this is a joke
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i hope this is a joke
100%. i ******* hate brad childress lol....
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100%. i ******* hate brad childress lol....
good, cause a housefly couldve made better decisions.
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brad childress is one of the 10 worst coaches in the nfl. probably 5 worst.
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if jim caldwell actually coached, he would be coach of the year. peyton is more of a coach that he is.
For the offense the Colts run, the defense did well to be 15th against scoring given that they didn't play the last two games. They were top 3 for most of the year. Manning does a lot for the team, but he isn't the single reason why they were going to be 16-0 if they had tried.
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For the offense the Colts run, the defense did well to be 15th against scoring given that they didn't play the last two games. They were top 3 for most of the year. Manning does a lot for the team, but he isn't the single reason why they were going to be 16-0 if they had tried.
yes, of course he isnt, but i am in the camp that thinks the colts could have been the same team they are with any coach basically. caldwell doesnt have to do anything with the offense. half his job is cut out because of manning.
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After Chris Henry went down with injuries and than died the offense really fell off.
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outside of Cedric Benson and Ocho (for a little), the offense was disgusting to watch.
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Meh. I think there were more deserving coaches. I thought Lewis should win a playoff game before they bless him with this award.
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Meh. I think there were more deserving coaches. I thought Lewis should win a playoff game before they bless him with this award.
Sean Peyton / Rex Ryan / Mike McCarthy / Marvin Lewis / Bill Belichick / Wade Phillips are the coaches of teams that weren't in the play offs last year, but are in the play offs this year.

Jim Caldwell & Rex Ryan are the only rookie coaches to take their teams to the play offs. However, Caldwell's team was in the play offs last year.

Marvin Lewis & Mike McCarthy were the only coaches to take a losing team from last year to the play offs this year.

All of these guys did some great things I think, but I don't know if any of them were more deserving than Lewis.

Since I'm a Bengals fan, if you asked me who I would vote for besides Marvin Lewis, I think it would have to be McCarthy. Though he didn't get any of the votes in the AP poll.

Edit: Just for clarity, I don't think that if you make the play offs one year, you should be automatically disqualified from winning CoTY the following season. However, I think it might be perceived as less impressive unless you do something extraordinary (like going 16-0 or setting some other record).

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The Saints were 13-0. THE ******* SAINTS. REally, I hated on Sean Payton a lot the last few years, but he made the Saints 13-0 and the sour finish really made everyone pull back on the Saints getting rewards.
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I expected Sean Payton to get it in all honesty. Congratulations to Marvin Lewis, though. He definitely put his team over the top, even though they got bounced in the first round of the playoffs.
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When will the Whis get the love and credit he deserves
Probably never, because, like the MVP award, the definition of CotY has become corrupted. It's not about who the best coach is, it's about who was the biggest surprise team that year.
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