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Marvin Lewis signs deal to return to Bengals

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Marvin Lewis will remain the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Lewis, who was widely expected to be on the way out after his contract expired at the end of the 2010 season, has instead signed a new contract to return for 2011 and, presumably, beyond.

The Bengals announced on Twitter that they had completed the deal. That announcement was a rather surprising reversal, as it came just an hour after the same Twitter account posted, “Despite reports the #Bengals expect head coach Marvin Lewis to return, there was no agreement after two Tuesday morning meetings.”

So apparently there was a third Tuesday afternoon meeting, and at that point the Bengals and Lewis got a deal done.

Lewis, who like Paul Brown and Sam Wyche before him has coached the Bengals for eight seasons, will become the longest-tenured coach in team history with his ninth season in Cincinnati in 2011. Lewis has a record of 60-67-1 in the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs.

UPDATE: The team announced that Lewis’s new contract is a two-year deal.

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31 Responses to “Marvin Lewis signs deal to return to Bengals”
  1. cincyorangenblack says: Jan 4, 2011 3:58 PM

    Fire Bratkowski immediately Marvin, Bring back Hue Jackson and dominate the AFC North next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. quizguy66 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:59 PM

    Hooray. I think.

    Kinda depends on what concessions, if any, Marvin was able to get.

    If they were just twitter that they are getting a new offensive coordinator then it will be an actual Hooray!

    -QG

  3. rpiotr01 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:02 PM

    Hard to tell with Lewis. The “star” QB has turned sour, and the two “stud” WRs make the team better only when they’re on the bench. They’ve got a rebuild on offense coming up.

  4. bengalanthony13 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:03 PM

    This is a good thing because players have recently come out saying they like playing for him and want him back (Whitworth, Crocker, Peko).

    This is a REALLY good thing IF Mike Brown caved to MOST OR ALL of Marv’s demands.

  5. hobartbaker says: Jan 4, 2011 4:07 PM

    Marv Lewis deserves good things. Although I’m not totally sure this is a good thing.

  6. righthereisay says: Jan 4, 2011 4:09 PM

    Thank you Bungals for keeping a coach that can’t seem to get his team to play anywhere near their potential.

    As a Steeler fan, I’ve appreciated the past decade+ beating you guys, and enjoying how you react to the losses.

    In fact, I even enjoy when you beat us, and seem to act like you won the Super Bowl. You won the division last year and you still keep talking about it. I’m sure you are all still wearing your 2009 Division Champ shirts. It was a big moment for you all. Keep dreaming that Marvin Lewis will actually do anything for you.

  7. armchairgm9 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:09 PM

    Bet ya he finally gets to hire a scouting department.

  8. realfootballfan says: Jan 4, 2011 4:10 PM

    Told you….the only team in the NFL that wouldn’t fire their coach after going 2-14 with no major injuries to impact that outcome.

  9. spungy says: Jan 4, 2011 4:11 PM

    After they get a new OC they should hire a clock management specialist.

  10. zack18257 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:12 PM

    get rid of owens and ochocinco and they may have a chance

  11. billsfan1 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:14 PM

    Way to keep the status quo bungals……nothing ventured nothing gained…..hmmmm, well nothing gained

  12. richm2256 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:16 PM

    Congratulations Bengals fans ….. you will continue to be mired in mediocrity for the next couple of years.

  13. 8man says: Jan 4, 2011 4:25 PM

    Mike Brown to Marvin Lewis,:

    “Ya know Marv, I’ve come to the conclusion that you aren’t the reason we aren’t winning, so I’m bringing you back. Besides, we’d have to do the Rooney Rule thing and probably end up hiring you anyhow.

    Anyway, the real problem with this team seems to be poor ownership…oh wait….”

  14. realitypolice says: Jan 4, 2011 4:26 PM

    @cincyorangeandblack:

    I don’t think a new OC is what Lewis was asking for to stay.

    Besides, Hue Jackson will be the head coach of the Raiders next year.

    This organization needs to hire a strong personnel man and actually build a legitimate scouting department.

    I think this team’s draft preparations consist of printing out Mel Kiper’s Big Board and taking the highest ranked player left when they are on the clock.

    And maybe a practice facility that isn’t under a freeway would help.

    The way this franchise conducts it’s business, it’s a miracle that they have gotten to the playoffs as much as they have.

  15. bengalshopeful says: Jan 4, 2011 4:26 PM

    I agree get Brat out of there. Don’t they get it, other team defenses know his plays

  16. riverhorsey says: Jan 4, 2011 4:27 PM

    if i was a Bengals fan I’d quit

  17. denverwally says: Jan 4, 2011 4:32 PM

    Absolutely unbelievable. Nice guy or not, one (or two) winning season out of 8 is hardly a reason to keep your job. Talk about low expectations. No wonder they never win in Cinci… nobody cares. My condolences to Cinci fans. You care more than the owner.

  18. coffinberry says: Jan 4, 2011 4:32 PM

    Marvin has long been a HC with his hands tied by ownership. Lets hope it was the Brown trout that relented and lets see what the real Marvin can accomplish..

  19. joefromphilly says: Jan 4, 2011 4:33 PM

    I like Lewis, but how typical is this of the bangals as an organization? Below .500 over eight years? Check. Winless in the playoffs? Check. Over-hyped roster? Check. Let’s re-sign him!

  20. cincyorangenblack says: Jan 4, 2011 4:44 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    Jan 4, 2011 4:10 PM
    Told you….the only team in the NFL that wouldn’t fire their coach after going 2-14 with no major injuries to impact that outcome.

    ————————————————-17 players on IR….nice try, come back when you have a clue

  21. ragujar says: Jan 4, 2011 4:56 PM

    Gotta love the Bungles!!

    7 games under .500 after 8 years with ZERO playoff wins and you resign this guy…lol.

  22. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 4, 2011 5:03 PM

    Apparently Bengals ownership does not care about winning. They must make enough $ without the effort.
    Enjoy another losing season Bungals fans.

  23. stixzidinia says: Jan 4, 2011 5:04 PM

    They love their mediocrity there in Cincy. And save the excuses about IR……the Bungles have been crap the vast majority of Lewis’ tenure.

  24. PCa Survivor says: Jan 4, 2011 5:13 PM

    Zero playoff wins in eight seasons? The Browns, Ravens, and Steelers THANK YOU!

  25. borisbulldog says: Jan 4, 2011 5:29 PM

    Say what you will about the Browns but they have as many winning season as the Ben(dover)Gals since ’99!

  26. cincyorangenblack says: Jan 4, 2011 5:42 PM

    stixzidinia says:
    Jan 4, 2011 5:04 PM
    They love their mediocrity there in Cincy. And save the excuses about IR……the Bungles have been crap the vast majority of Lewis’ tenure.

    ——————————————–
    check the track record b4 Lewis b4 you spout nonsense. He’s the only man who’s had ANY success under MB and this is a win for the fans (if Marvin’s concessions are met- specifically the ability to pick his own coaches) We aren’t pumped about 8-8 or under .500 football, we aren’t pumped to not win playoff games, but we are pumped that this is the first tiny step in the right direction to modernizing OUR team. Nobody made IR excuses, it was a comeback to another uninformed fan who said we don’t have that excuse (we do, we just don’t use it). Next year is a new year, and with our cupcake schedule we’re looking at the positive side of things (something you learn to do as a Bengal fan).

    Tell me this Steeler and Ravens fans, how many of you could stick with a team for 20 yrs under an owner like Mike Brown???? Answer: probably not many. Must be nice with all that FAIR Weather eh

  27. dirtdawg55 says: Jan 4, 2011 6:09 PM

    Cincyorangenblack,

    I think it is admirable to support your team, I really do. That’s a fan. We accuse many people of being bandwagon fans (any Patriots fans out there) but you long time Cincy fans at least deserve some props for stinking up with your team. Sorry. I meant “sticking with your team”.

    Of course a lesser human being could accuse you of a mental defect because only a “re – tar – date” (say it slowly and with some kind of drawl, it is funnier that way – and yes, I know retardate is not a word) could follow such a dysfunctional team for so long and believe they are going to win the division. This is one of the sorriest franchises in all of pro sports, never mind the NFL, and you stillnhave not just hope, but Rex Ryan like optimism (delusion?), that this team is better than it is. Yeah, I guess if you play the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” game all day long you can conceivably arrive at a conclusion the Bengals can compete, but every fan of every team can play that game. As far as I know it has never changed a single result. In the Bengals case that means they should pay some kind of fine for misleading advertising for attempting to sell their fans on them being a “pro” football team. But “come watch two-bit football” doesn’t have the same ring, does it?

    I could say all that. But I won’t.

    From a fellow fan, except the team I follow has an actual scouting department, a coach with a winning pedigree, a practice facility that does not double as a homeless shelter, years of success, hope for the future based on history and not delirium or wishful thinking, yada, yada, yada.

  28. ralphwilsonsucks says: Jan 4, 2011 6:16 PM

    Man I thought the Bills were Messed up.

  29. ragujar says: Jan 4, 2011 6:21 PM

    I love the Marvin Lewis apologists.

    Did you see we were bad before Marvin? The blame should be put on Mike Brown?

    Who do you think you are kidding? Cincy fans are NOT cheering the resigning of Marvin Lewis, and Marvin Lewis should be FIRED. Mike Brown’s biggest problem is keeping bad coaches too long ala Lewis/Wyche.

    If Mike Brown has held back Marvin and he’s still there losing after 8 years, it’s time to find a new coach period.

  30. cwitty63 says: Jan 4, 2011 6:51 PM

    To rightheirisay:first of all YOU didnt beat any one ,second its not bungals its THE BENGALS and what kind of clown goes to a bengals discussion thats a fan of the steelers oh yeah all steeler fans because YOU are all a joke.

    Get a life and stop thinking YOU have anything to do with the steelers.

  31. stuartscottslefteye says: Jan 5, 2011 8:25 AM

    I think Cincy ownership realized he would have gone running back to the Ravens; kinda like baseball where you don’t want to trade talent within the division.

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