Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis went on at some length when asked at the NFL scouting combine about the status of talks to extend his contract. But he offered little more than vague hints about certain “things” that need to get done before he’ll re-sign with the team.
Lewis, who was named Associated Press coach of the year in 2009, has just one year left on his contract. He suggested when meeting with reporters that the issues he wants resolved before he’ll sign a new deal have more to do with the structure of the team than how much money he’ll make.
“There’s a lot of things that go into that. In the direction of things that we’re doing and how we’re doing things that are important to me,” Lewis said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “There were things when I started in this job in 2003 that were important and we can’t change those. They have to stay on track and I have to make sure we’re continuing to progress that way. Those are the things that are more important to me as anything.
“I’m talking about structure, decision and how we do things and how I have the ability to do things that give us an opportunity to win football games.”
Lewis wouldn’t name any of those “things” in particular, but the “things” presumably involve making sure Lewis will have the autonomy to make the decisions he wants on matters related to personnel and his coaching staff. Whatever the “things” are, Lewis says he’s not stressing the final year of his contract.
“I can’t worry, I’m not going to,” Lewis said. “The most important thing is what we do on the field in 2010. That’s the most important thing for those 53 guys we end up with and those coaches I have. Not whether I have a contract or not.”