The Falcons have enjoyed success despite high-coaching turnover.
Lewis has put the Bengals in the playoffs seven times, but Cincinnati has lost all seven first-round games. The Bengals have registered an 11-18-1 record over the last two seasons and 2017 could be Lewis’ last in Cincinnati.
Mike Zimmer has brought some stability to the Vikings job, and he’s 30-16 the last three seasons. Dennis Green and Brad Childress are the last two Minnesota coaches to take the Vikings to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
The Titans have gone seven seasons without a playoff appearance but Mike Mularkey seems to have things heading in the right direction. Tennessee went 9-7 in 2016 and is in contention for a playoff spot this season. The Titans went a combined 5-27 in 2014 and 2015.
The more time passes without major steps forward, however, the less likely it is that he truly emerges as anything more than a score-only guy with moderate efficiency. As I have pointed out in the past, players of this type often wind up as big scorers on bad teams, which is what Wiggins was for the first three years of his career. Now he’s less of a scorer on a better team. Figuring out how to be the best player he can be in those circumstances remains a work in progress. His success in doing so will determine whether we applaud or regret that max contract.
One final note: I’ve put off writing about Wiggins for a while now because the debate often gets ugly, and I preferred to avoid it, at least formally. What I would like to get away from is using Wiggins as a litmus test for Wolves fandom. There are people who are optimistic about his future, and those who are pessimistic. Both positions are defensible, and I invite people with any opinion on the continuum to the debate. Personally, I’ll take the under, but denigrating those who disagree on Wiggins has not been a fun aspect of Wolves fandom over the last few years.