Bengals expect Marvin Lewis to return

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With Marvin Lewis’s contract expiring at the end of the regular season, everyone figured that he was done as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. But maybe everyone was wrong.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Bengals expect Lewis to remain in Cincinnati, and the two sides expect to resolve any issues within next 24 hours.

Those issues presumably will include improving the team facilities and making some changes to the way personnel decisions are handled. Schefter reported on Sunday that Lewis was ready to leave Cincinnati because he wasn’t satisfied with those aspects of the Bengals organization.

Now, however, it’s looking like Lewis will be back. And there’s one fewer NFL coaching vacancy than expected.

33 responses to “Bengals expect Marvin Lewis to return

  1. Holy ****! That must mean Mike Brown is giving in to Marvin’s demands? This is a good and bad thing for Bengals fans. Bad because Marvin’s a terrible head coach, good because Marvin is the only one who ever made Mike Brown cave…. wow… I’m shocked

  2. It has been rumored that Marvin wants an indoor practice facility, improved personnel dept., ability to hire and fire coaches and being able to set a consistent tone/philosophy throughout the organization. The Bengals were literally the worst professional sports franchise when he arrived. He made the Bengals competitive and even had two divisional championships, despite the fact that he had Mike Brown for an owner.

    The gains made with Marvin would have likely walked out the door with Marvin and eroded back to it’s former state. It took Bill Cowher 14 years to win a super bowl. Marvin is all about moving forward and if he can’t move the Bengals forward he is willing to leave, which is the only way to make headway with Mike Brown. Marvin was offered an extension last year, but declined it because he likely feels like he is at a year in and year out disadvantage against the Steelers and Ravens without changes internally.

    Marvin and the Browns are very tight lipped so it will be very interesting if Marvin is retained what we actually hear as far as how they reached an agreement.

  3. Wow. I mean, the guy’s not terrible and I’m sure a lot of teams would love to have him as a D coordinator, but no truly good head coach is going to go eight years without a single playoff win, regardless of the state of the franchise/ownership. Seems like the Bengals owe it to their fans and themselves to look in a new direction.

  4. I’m not sure what to think about this. I’m not a Marvin guy, but anyone is better than M. Brown making decisions. Hopefully more power is in the equation, because then we can blame someone else besides Mikey Boy! Who Dey!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Over the past two weeks he discovered two wide receivers on his team that won’t cause him to have a stroke for no good reason.

    That probably helped…..

  6. Come back Marvin and bring Hue with you and get rid of that bum bratkowski.. Marvin should be GM as well as HC.. See ya Chad and TO

  7. “Now, however, it’s looking like Lewis will be back.”


    Thanks for the great news!

    Warmest regards,

    The rest of the AFC North

  8. Wow – knock me down and jump on my head. I was one of those wanting Marvin to leave, not because he’s such a bad coach but knowing how things work in Cincy they only way they would get better (short term) is by getting new blood in here.

    However, if he can get some things changed maybe he can turn things around. (he’s GOT to get rid of Bratkowski though)

  9. fun factoid for all you Stealer fans –

    In the first 40 years of the Pittsburgh Steelers existence they only made the playoffs TWICE and had ONLY ONE divisional championship –

    In comparison in the first 40 years of the Bengals existence that have had 8 PLAYOFF APPEARENCES which included 7 DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS and 2 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

  10. He can’t get it done because someone else is calling the plays.. He will get it done with a new OC and a lot more control…

  11. Bengals fans know Marvin is alright. If Brown caved on a number of fronts then things are looking up for Cincy. Keep your heads in the sand Steelers/Ratbirds/Turds fans…

  12. Wow… Nothing like extending the contract of a coach who’s never won a playoff game. Even fans of the lowliest teams deserve hope, and now fans of the Bengals (and also Jaguars) don’t even have that… how depressing would that be! On the other hand, as a fan of a rival AFC North team – Thank you Mike Brown!!!

  13. @Peyton…

    Ok. Take the same 40-year span from when the Bengals entered in 1968.

    Steelers: 7 Conference championships
    20 Division Championships

    Yeah, I think I’d rather have 6 Super Bowls than win the first 40-years vs. first 40-years argument.

  14. Interesting to see the ignorance around Marvin Lewis being a bad coach…

    The 9th Bengals coach doesn’t belong in that list of yahoos. Already tied with Paul Brown and Sam Wyche for the longest tenure, Marvin Lewis has the highest winning percentage at .504.

    And he’s entering the final year of his contract. And there are no contract negotiations.

    Lewis says he’s focused on the 2010 season and is OK with the non-negotiations. That’s a good sound bite to downplay the situation. But really, wouldn’t it be great for the head coach to feel a bit of job security? At least as much as there is in the NFL.

    Don’t forget that he’s the 2009 Associated Press Coach of the Year. The last Bengals coach to receive the honor…Paul Brown.

    Now that’s illustrious company.

    Let’s also consider what else is on his highlight reel:
    • Lewis took over after the worst season in franchise history
    • Two years later he led the team to its first winning season in 15 years
    • Lewis has won two AFC North Division Championships
    • He’s an active leader in the community through the Marvin Lewis Community Fund

    What happens when you factor in a team that doesn’t spend money on facilities, scouts, consistently drafts players with off the field issues, etc…

  15. No surprise here. Brown has always been loyal to his head coaches. Mike is a stubborn guy, but he knows Marvin is right, and he appreciates loyalty more than most Bengal fans understand. I still think Ocho stays and they look to trade Palmer as well. As for loyalty, Brown has always been more loyal to coaches than quarterbacks. Bengal fans are still better off than in the 90s. The team is really like any other NFL team now – one year in the playoffs, the next in last place.

  16. Awesome! Thanks from Steeler Country.
    We luv the Bungles! We were sorry to see mangini go :(…oh well, here’s to the next loser they hire!

  17. I’m happy that he’s back. Give him more control over personnel, fire the OC, don’t bring back the Diva WR’s and we’re be ok.

  18. Marvin Lewis is a bad coach? I guess that Coach of the Year award he got JUST last year came out of a cracker jack box. I guess that horrible coach sweeping the entire division last year was just a fluke…right?

    This is great news for Bengals fans.

  19. yeah, as far as the practice facility goes they are going to turn on the the utilities in one of those big abandond warehouses downtown. as far as the scouts go, mike brown says marvin can hire as many girl scouts as he likes as long as the bengals get free cookies.

  20. “I guess that horrible coach sweeping the entire division last year was just a fluke…right?”

    Well, yes, actually…
    Going from 6-0 in the division to 2-4 I think is the definition of the word fluke, isn’t it?

    However, I don’t think he is that bad a coach – they played pretty well down the stretch, beat SD, almost beat Ravens (turnovers) and Saints (idiotic 4th down offsides penalty)…any coincidence that when they played better, they didn’t have a certain pair of dipsh*t WRs in the game? If they get rid of those 2 morons and if they can get Palmer’s head out of his ass they might be OK.

  21. Gotta laugh at the Steeler fans. Listen, if the Rooneys were as cheap as the Browns, you’d still be the laughing stock of the NFL. You can’t even begin to compare the money spent, the facilities and the personnel departments and those are all big differences between the franchises. It was easier to be cheap before free agency because the franchises had these guys in near perpetual bondage but once free agency hit, the franchises split even further because the players had a choice and if you didn’t make them happy, they didn’t sign with you and even your own free agents would rather take less money than sign with a team that made no effort to win. At one time, the biggest difference was the personnel department and the fact that they’d get rid of guys that were wanting more money but now, there are several areas that define the difference and I guarantee you that if you put Noll, Cowher and Tomlin on the Bengals, with the same situations that they’d fall down on their faces like the others. As an outsider, I know that if I had a chance to go to the Bengals, I’d rather sign with the UFL…. 🙂

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