Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on the field during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers during the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals Give Marvin Lewis an Extension

The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Friday that Lewis is their coach through 2015. The team announced on their twitter page today:



Lewis, who has been at the helm since the 2003 season, has helped the Bengal to 3 straight playoff appearances. He is 0-5 in the playoffs though as head coach, which has been cause for many critics throughout his tenure.

Lewis still remains the second longest tenured coach behind Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. He led the Bengals to an 11-5 record in 2013, the first time since 2005, and their three AFC North titles.

The signing of this extension is a vote of confidence by the Bengals organization that Lewis will be their guy for the next few years. It also is a sign of recognition for the stability of the organization over the past few years and into the near future.

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  • Ron Fulton

    What other owner would give a .500 coach an extension? Only Brown

    • Chris

      Ron Fulton its not your business what Mike

      Brown & Bengals do

      • Ron Fulton

        It’s public record and every fan’s business if they want fan support. Why don’t you quit while your behind.

        • [email protected]

          Actually Ron, Fans pay for the entertainment. It is like going to the movies, we pay money to be entertained but what the actors make is none of our business.

          With that said, I think the organization should give answers to fans to continue to gain and receive their support. It is the way to keep your fan base not only happy but support you financially.

          • Ron Fulton

            The only thing to create fan support is winning in Cincy. Fans can’t understand why an owner would give a .500 coach an extension and let Zimmer go, instead of giving him the top job.

          • matthewwillson29@yahoo.[email protected]

            I fully understand what you are saying but remember, his teams made the playoffs 4 out of 5 years and the past three years have gone 30-18 in the regular season.
            As for Zimmer, remember Dick Lebeau, he was a great defensive coordinator, he was a mediocre HC. We are ready to put stock in a guy that has limited to none experience as a NFL Head Coach!!!
            I don’t disagree that fan support is created by winning and being open with your fans, but you are throwing out a move that has no proof of being successful, it could be a high risk move. As far as the Bengals organization sees it’s coach and players, they are making past Week 17, it is a huge step for them.
            Remember, they make the move and Zimmer fails, people are looking back saying why did we get rid of a coach that took us to 3 straight playoffs for this.

          • Ron Fulton

            The problem with your logic is that you know what you get with Lewis (not good) and your right, you take a chance with Zimmer. If it were me I would take the chance. Bit it is a moot point as Zimmer is gone, but were still stuck with Lewis.

          • [email protected]

            Again, you say not good but in the past 3 years he is 30-18 with this team. Yes, his overall track record stinks in the post season at 0-5.

            I am not about to sing Marvin’s praises but you are telling me, as a business person, to replace somebody who is winning games, it is against business logic. That is exactly what Mike Brown is, a business person.
            Listen I agree, I would have loved to see what Zimmer could do with this team, but I can’t make business logic of replacing a coach who is getting you into the post season
            If you would have told me after the terrible year in 2010 where they went 4-12 to get rid of him, I would have been joining the bus right there with you.
            I do always enjoy our discussions Ron, just an FYI!

          • Ron Fulton

            I appreciate your point, but the consensus is a good coach, with the talent they have, would have them at least in the championship game by now. Like you say 30-18, maybe a better coach would be 40-8. who knows. I just know that no other owner would have given a coach the latitude Brown has given Lewis.

          • [email protected]

            I think this year should have no excuses. Hue is going to run a balanced offense. Marvin has won enough trust in the regular season, his QB is a playoff mess that can hopefully get corrected with a better offensive structure. This defense can not do 80-90% of the winning like last season.

          • Ron Fulton

            I agree. This coming season will be the last for Lewis unless he gets them to the Super Bowl, and that isn’t happening with the players he has already lost. His draft would have to be the best in History providing 3 or 4 starters, and that ain’t happening.