Cincinnati Bengals Keep Marvin Lewis As Coach

Trips to the rightIn a bit of a surprise the Cincinnato Bengals have decided to keep Marvin Lewis as their coach and have signed him to a contract extension.

The Bengals were 4-12 this season and have had only two winning records in the last 20 years, both under Lewis. Lewis is 60-69-1 in eight seasons with the Bengals.

“We are close to being the kind of team we can be,” Owner Mike Brown said. “I think continuity will give us the best shot at becoming that team. We have a good relationship, Marvin and I. We work well together. It isn’t an easy relationship, but it’s a good one.”

Cincinnati won the AFC North last season, when Lewis won the Coach of the Year award. The Bengals kept the core of the team intact and added receiver Terrell Owens, hoping to repeat as division champions for the first time in franchise history. Instead, the offense crumbled as Owens blamed the coaching staff for the teams performance.

Owens will not be back next season, neither will Chad Ochocinco as the Bengals, who have the fourth pick in the upcoming NFL draft try and get younger and faster.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Navin75

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