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With no contract in place for 2011, Marvin Lewis is optimistic he’ll stay in Cincy

Marvin Lewis

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has two games left on his current contract.  No meaningful negotiations have occurred regarding a possible extension.

So does Lewis think his time with the team is ending?

I don’t think so,” Lewis said Friday, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.  “That’s not the plan.”

So what is the plan?

“My plan is to beat the San Diego Chargers and beyond that time will take care of itself,” Lewis said.  “Our team has hung in there, kept playing and kept practicing and preparing.”

Um, that doesn’t sound like much of a plan.

Our guess is that Lewis, the Associated Press coach of the year in 2009, would like to stay and that owner Mike Brown probably would like to keep Lewis, at a reduced price.  And so the duo potentially will be playing a game of contract chicken over the next few weeks, with Brown risking that Lewis will get an opportunity elsewhere, and Lewis risking that Brown will find someone else who’ll take a lot less than whatever Brown offers Lewis to stick around.

Sticking points beyond money are believed to be the absence of an indoor practice facility.

If Lewis stays, there will nevertheless be plenty of changes in Cincinnati, with or without an indoor practice facility.  Among other things, the relationship between Lewis and receiver Chad Ochocinco has been strained of late, with Lewis uncharacteristically (but finally) calling Chad out for being “mopey” when things don’t go well.  Lewis took a more veiled shot at Ochocinco in Friday.

“It’s a one-year proposition,” Lewis said of his team’s fortunes in 2010.  “From the onset I said we had work to do.  Unfortunately the perception is you pick up from where you left off.  It’s not done talking or tweeting about it.  We didn’t change as a football team.  We didn’t get it done as well as we did a year ago.”

In the end, whether Brown applies a one-year focus to this year or to last year will go a long way toward determining whether for Lewis there will be a next year in Cincinnati.

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18 Responses to “With no contract in place for 2011, Marvin Lewis is optimistic he’ll stay in Cincy”
  1. waccoforflacco says: Dec 25, 2010 9:56 PM

    Knowing Mike Brown is as cheap as they come, he’ll probably suggest that the Bengals get bussed to Minnesota and use the “deflated” Metrodome as their INDOOR facility during inclement weather.

  2. coffinberry says: Dec 25, 2010 10:28 PM

    I have no problem with Marvin but let him have no strings in the coaching selections and let him coach unhindered by MB interferance. Get some scouts!

  3. tpkaufma says: Dec 25, 2010 10:52 PM

    Marvin Lewis is an absolute LOSER who has never produced any real success in Cincy… He has to go or that organization stays in the cellar until he’s gone!

  4. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 25, 2010 11:07 PM

    Delusional:
    a fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact.

    i.e. He’s freaking delusional. Period.

  5. omegaichiban says: Dec 25, 2010 11:23 PM

    Marvin needs to become a Defensive coordinator again. There is no quick fix to the Bengals.

  6. realfootballfan says: Dec 25, 2010 11:32 PM

    As mediocre an HC as I think Lewis is, you have to apply the “Bengal” factor to anyone who helms that organization. Strange as it would seem for a coach who’s been in one place as long as he has with average success, I think it will be his call whether he wants to come back there. Working for the Bengals actually suits the bad jokes that people readily apply to working for teams like the Raiders and Bills. Ownership truly doesn’t care about winning, puts minimal resources into the product, and is generally a hopeless franchise

  7. mean13 says: Dec 26, 2010 1:39 AM

    Ah, Marvin. You’re gone, brother.

  8. joerevs300 says: Dec 26, 2010 2:10 AM

    It really defies all logic that an NFL franchise in Cincinnati, where, you know, it gets COLD and SNOWS doesn’t have an indoor practice facility. I don’t even know this to be fact but I’m willing to bet even the Cincinnati COLLEGE team has an indoor practice facility.

    Mike Brown is a cheapskate, and that’s why the Bengals will come out of hibernation once in awhile and strike lightning, followed by a decade long blackout of irrelevance.

  9. tatum064 says: Dec 26, 2010 7:30 AM

    They could go “in-house” and hire Zimmerman. I dont think Lewis gets another shot, but replacing a defensive coordinator with another d-coordinator? Im wondering if they’d take a shot at Kubiak if he departs the Texans?

  10. jimmysee says: Dec 26, 2010 8:11 AM

    Cincinnati and Dallas each show how meddling ownership can mess up a team — no matter how much money is spent (or not spent, in the case of Cincinnati).

  11. pondbridge says: Dec 26, 2010 8:19 AM

    Hello, Jim Mora Jr.

  12. thetooloftools says: Dec 26, 2010 8:53 AM

    I like Marvin Lewis and I’m not a Bengals fan. The PLAYERS need to take personal responsibility for the record on the field. T.O. – you gotta problem. Don’t vent your anger in the press, step up and me a leader. Oh.. wait… your T.O. the finger pointer.
    NEVER MIND
    He drove Parcells out of Dallas he was such a diva.
    How’s that worked for you Mr. Plastic Face?
    Call Irsay in Indy and he’ll share his painkillers with you.

  13. bwisnasky says: Dec 26, 2010 9:49 AM

    realfootballfan says:
    Dec 25, 2010 11:32 PM
    As mediocre an HC as I think Lewis is, you have to apply the “Bengal” factor to anyone who helms that organization. Strange as it would seem for a coach who’s been in one place as long as he has with average success, I think it will be his call whether he wants to come back there. Working for the Bengals actually suits the bad jokes that people readily apply to working for teams like the Raiders and Bills. Ownership truly doesn’t care about winning, puts minimal resources into the product, and is generally a hopeless franchise

    ——————-

    As correct as you are about the Bengals and Bills, as bad as Oakland has been… NOBODY can ever accuse Al Davis of not caring about winning… nor can they accuse him of putting minimal resources into his franchise…. He may be an icon from a bygone era, and he really doesn’t understand the modern game.. but for his players… Al will pay too much to keep them if he feels they are loyal to him. Coaches.. well that’s another story… He will not overpay a coach. But saying that he doesn’t care about winning nor does he pay, is just factually wrong.

  14. goforthanddie says: Dec 26, 2010 10:04 AM

    The funny thing is, he works for the only owner dumb enough to maybe keep him.

  15. sungateman says: Dec 26, 2010 10:11 AM

    I’ve been Bengals fan since they began. I really think there troubles is very much obvious. Last year strong on the ground. Good defense. This year, they tried to up the passing attack with TO.

    You have to admit Palmer has not been 100% since his injury, but he’s still a more than adequate QB. The defense struggled, but the obvious excuse would be injuries. So…..that leaves one obvious problem……..play calling. The hardly ever tried to control the ball, on the ground, and when they did it was so predictable, they were snuffed. That led Carson to throw low percentage passes to keep the chains moving. So……..what the problem? It’s obvious to me…………the offensive coordinator…Brat has to go!!!

  16. jessethebody says: Dec 26, 2010 10:49 AM

    Remind me again why Lewis has a job. I keep forgetting. Good thing for him that he is in Cincy where no one knows what winning is.

  17. melikefootball says: Dec 26, 2010 10:59 AM

    Why would Lewis even want to come back to Cincinnati?

  18. voyager6 says: Dec 26, 2010 4:02 PM

    Marvin should have taken a firm line with Mike Brown and done what needed to be done.

    If you watched last year’s Hard Knocks, Marvin was tough through camp. The team responded. As the 2009 season wore down, Marvin became Mr. Softy and let the players run the asylum and play tailed off.

    To top it off, Marvin went even softer in the 2010 pre-season. They didn’t build (via draft or free agency) a line that could pass block for Palmer.

    Last year, the Bengals had Jeremy Johnson at fullback. He came in late, overweight. Yet once active, he regained the starting spot in three weeks.

    This year, they didn’t try to sign Johnson and the guy who came in third string last year, was the starter, but was injured and out for the year before game 1. They tried to replace the fullback with a lineback, a DT, and a TE. You can’t go a season without a legitimate fullback and claim to want to run the ball.

    Truth is, the Bengals have historically been a pass first team; and I believe the sales office feels the fans find three yards and a cloud of dust boring, so after drafting/signing some receiving talent, I am sure Mike made the call to pass first this season to stimulate ticket sales.

    Without a proper line, they can’t pass effectively.Without a fullback, they can’t run. Isn’t it surprising that they resigned last year’s number two fullback (Chris Pressley) and suddenly Benson can run again… and they won last week?

    It doesn’t take rocket science to figure this out. It just needs a HC willing to tell management that they are doing stupid stuff and take the consequences. Marvin doesn’t have the guts to do so, is a lousy game manager, and his soft locker room has lost the team.

    It takes coaches willing to develop game plans to maximize the the talents and capabilities of the players rather than to try to force people not quite right into a fixed gameplan or scheme.

    There are a huge number of aging players and free agents. It will take three years of active Free agency and draft to replace the talent that will walk out and refuse to comeback to a losing situation. I would be surprised if Mike can find a coach willing to take the team on until after the draft.

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