The biggest news to come out of the scouting combine this weekend was that Bengals owner Mike Brown has approached Head Coach Marvin Lewis multiple times about signing him to a contact extension. Marvin ist he winningest coach in Bengals history. He commented on the matter while at the NFL Scouting combine:
We haven’t had the time and opportunity to do it. Hopefully we’ll get it resolved.
Lewis cited vacations and other commitments as the reason they haven’t gotten to it yet. He did say he hopes to remain in Cincinnati for the rest of his coaching career:
I’m not going to coach until I’m 80 years old, so I wouldn’t mind that at all. I enjoy what I do. I like where we live. I enjoy the people I work with day in and day out and I think we’re moving in the right direction. I think there’s a great commitment to winning and I appreciate that.
I think as long as Marvin Lewis wants to remain a Bengal, Mike Brown will pony up and pay the man what he deserves. He’s the only succesful haed coach in the era of Mike Brown as the Bengals’ owner. Given today’s tough economic times, if the team was to lose Marvin Lewis and fall back to the dark day of the 90’s and early 2000’s, Paul Brown Stadium would have a lot of empty seats during the NFL season. Mike is smart enought to know that butts in the seats means bucks in the wallet.