"They played well at the end of the season. Sometimes the worst thing you can do is change. Look at the franchises that change everything. Give it a chance."
Esiason also endorsed the move, though it sounds like he was surprised Lewis is back.
"I thought Marvin was going to hang it up. I thought it was his choice," said Esiason, who phoned Lewis to congratulate him after the deal was done and sensed how the tide had turned.
"I think he was re-energized by those last two games and they really should have beaten the Steelers in that Monday night game. And the fact they brought in Teryl Austin is a great move. Not that Paul Guenther wasn't great, but Teryl Austin brings a fresh set of eyes, a new voice and a real aggressive style. He's an aggressive defensive coordinator. Watch him in practice. I think you'll enjoy it."
Of course the fact the team owns the place these quotes were published probably means something, but there’s not much reason to doubt their sincerity, either.
Collinsworth and Esiason are savvy media members, and both could have declined comment without anyone ever knowing.
Instead, they spoke rather decisively in Lewis’ favor.
Their opinions offer no guarantee it is going to work out, but they are interesting nonetheless considering both are very familiar with an organization that tends to do business differently than most.