NFL Coaching Watch: Lewis Staying Put in Cincinnati

Eight seasons in Cincinnati just weren’t enough for Marvin Lewis and the Bengals to end their relationship. 

What seemed like a marriage destined for divorce following Cincinnati’s 4-12 season, marred by a franchise tying 10-game losing streak, the Bengals decided to stick with Lewis and vice versa.

It was expected that during his sit down with the Bengals that Lewis desired the team to upgrade their facilities and personnel department.  Perhaps, unlike their cheap and skimpy ways under the Brown ownership in years past, the two sides may have found enough common ground to keep the relationship going.  Only time will tell if that’s truly the case. 

Specific terms of his contract weren’t disclosed, but now Lewis will become the longest tenured coach in franchise history.  Under Lewis, the Bengals have gone 60-67-1 in eight seasons and has led them to two playoff berths since 2005. 

Lewis wanted to stay, if and only if there were agreed changes upon how the entire operation in Cincinnati operates on a day-to-day basis.  The Bengals didn’t really want him to go.  How much give and take there was and will be in the future from Brown remains to be seen.  Either way, despite being a year removed from a division championship, the Bengals have fallen a lot further behind AFC North rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore.


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