As the Bengals struggled through a disappointing 2010 season, it was widely believed that head coach Marvin Lewis, then in the final year of his contract, was on the way out. Instead, Lewis and Bengals owner Mike Brown agreed to a new two-year contract extension in 2011, and Lewis did one of his best coaching jobs, leading a young team to a surprise playoff berth.
Now Lewis is again in the final year of his contract, and there’s no word on whether he and Brown will come to terms on an extension.
Lewis told reporters at the end of minicamp on Thursday that he and Brown haven’t spoken about his contract in a while, and that he doesn’t know if they will before the start of training camp. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that it’s highly likely that Lewis will go into the last season of his contract without an extension. Outside Cincinnati, that’s unusual in the NFL.
Lewis’s record of 69-74-1 in the regular season and 0-3 in the postseason doesn’t look that impressive until you consider that in the 12 seasons prior to Lewis’s arrival, the Bengals had a combined record of 55-137 and never made the playoffs. Lewis has the Bengals headed in the right direction, and Brown would be wise to do what it takes to keep Lewis on board.