By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Many thought that Marvin Lewis tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals would end at the end of this past NFL season. However, for those that thought he would just leave following the end of Sunday’s game, they were all wrong.
Marvin Lewis, who the Bengals did not make a decision on “Black Monday,” had his contract expire with the team following Sunday’s game. On Tuesday, it was announced that he was retained with the team for two more seasons, as he signed a two-year extension.
The 59-year-old will be with the team through at least the 2019 season.
“Marvin Lewis has been an important member of the Cincinnati community and the Bengals family for the past 15-years, and we are happy to have reached this agreement,” Bengals president Mike Brown said. “Marvin has made significant contributions during his time here. While recently we have fallen short of our expectations, we have full confidence in Marvin to re-establish winning football in 2018.”
Lewis, who has been the Bengals head coach since the 2003 season, is the second-longest tenured coach in the league. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been with his team longer.
The Bengals have missed out on the playoffs for the past two seasons. During these past two seasons, they have gone 13-18-1.
Cincinnati has not made the playoffs since the 2015 season when they went 12-4, which is their best record in Lewis’ tenure. However, like they have done in their previous six playoff appearances, they were eliminated in the Wild Card Round against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Bengals have only had seven winning seasons in Lewis’ tenure. However, five of them came in a row from 2011 through 2015.
“My family and I are very grateful for the opportunity to stay in Cincinnati and continue my career with the Bengals,” Lewis said. “My job is to win a World Championship. We have a talented roster full of veteran leaders and emerging young stars, and I am committed to making the necessary improvements to put this team in the best position to win.”