Despite some recent optimistic quotes, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is expected to become a coaching free agent after the season. He doesn’t expect a long delay before learning about his future in Cincinnati.
“I think we’ll know something there by Monday or Tuesday,” Lewis told Thomas George of Fanhouse.com. “We [Bengals owner Mike Brown and Lewis] talk every day about the future. About the football team, the players and the personnel.
“We’ve got to decide how it is going to be. His vision of the football team and mine. There are certain things he wants to emphasize with me. Things that are important to him. I expect to hear those.”
Lewis owned leverage after winning Coach of the Year last season. He hinted at possible structural changes in the organization that held up a possible deal back in February. Since then, he has generally stayed tight-lipped about his status. After a deeply disappointing campaign, the leverage is gone.
Lewis doesn’t expect to simply be told he’s not welcome back. Rather, he believes that he’ll discuss his vision with Brown and see if the two men can come to an understanding. The odds seem against that happening.
“We planned to talk more about the future after the season was over and that’s what’s next,” Lewis said. “I think we all know when you get in this business, there is going to be an end at some point and time. It doesn’t have to be negative.”