Cincinnati Bengals fans won’t have to believe the Marvin Lewis doubt articles any longer. The Cincinnati Bengals have signed Lewis to a one year extension to secure his services through the 2017 season.
Lewis, who finished his 13th season with the Bengals, was rumored to be at risk of losing his job without a playoff win in 2016. However, as we talked about on last night’s episode of Men in Stripes, that was highly unlikely. Now, the Bengals head coach will head into 2016 with full confidence that he has the trust and backing of the Bengals front office.
Marvin Lewis is 112-92-2 as Bengals head coach with seven playoff appearances, including five straight. He helped the Bengals in 2015 to a franchise tieing best record during the regular season and if not for an injury to starting quarterback Andy Dalton, many believed they could surpass the 12 win mark.
Marvin Lewis will have one of the toughest tasks since the Dalton Era began, to get them to a sixth straight playoff game. That will not be an easy task with players like Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and Reggie Nelson leaving in free agency. However the additions of Brandon LaFell and Karlos Dansby will certainly help soften the blow.
If Lewis doesn’t win a playoff game soon, the Bengals and the fans might finally lose patience, but as for now, the second longest tenured coach in the NFL has job security for another season.