Prior to his firing at the end of the 2018 NFL season, Marvin Lewis was the second-longest tenured coach in the league. Unfortunately, as rough a tenure as he had in the past few years, it looks like he was much better suited for coaching than broadcasting.
Lewis has come under fire for his seemingly dull performance in the booth during the Alliance of American Football game between the Arizona Hotshots and Salt Lake Stallions. Sports Illustrated writer Dan Gartland offered some particularly harsh criticism.
The game was easily the most exciting of the four AAF games of the league’s debut weekend, with Arizona winning 38–22, but Lewis’s color commentary made it sound like a funeral. No matter how exciting the play, Lewis barely raised his voice. This miraculous escape by Stallions quarterback Matt Linehan didn’t seem to impress Lewis much.
Viewers on Twitter were quick to roast the former Bengals coach as well.
“If Marvin Lewis coached the Bengals way he commentates this game, there’s no wonder they were average for so long. zzzzzzzzzzz”
If Marvin Lewis coached the Bengals way he commentates this game, there's no wonder they were average for so long. zzzzzzzzzzz
— Nick Flanigan (@FlaniganNick) February 11, 2019
“After listening to Marvin Lewis on this AAF game it’s clear he has a future on NPR”
After listening to Marvin Lewis on this AAF game it’s clear he has a future on NPR
— Jason Williams (@gobengals15) February 11, 2019
“My goodness listening to Marvin Lewis is like listening to mama reading a bed time story.”
My goodness listening to Marvin Lewis is like listening to mama reading a bed time story.#AAF
— Mikey Moore (@_mikeymoore) February 11, 2019
Lewis was not entirely without levity during his performance though.
One of his best moments came when he joked that Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had a hand in getting him fired.
— Ben Richman (@BenjaminRichman) February 11, 2019
“Unfortunately this season, I had to experience one of those sparks a couple times up the state from me a little bit in Baker Mayfield and this kid reminds you a lot of Baker Mayfield… I guess that’s why I’m here.”
Lewis is the Bengals’ all-time winningest coach with a 131-122-3 record in 16 years in charge. He led the team to four AFC North titles and seven playoff appearances, but went 0-7 in the post-season.