Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he’s not worried about anything anyone says about his job security.
Because he speaks with the guy who decides it on a daily basis — Bengals owner Mike Brown.
“I have one stop shopping,” Lewis said, via Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com. “I talk to Mike every day. And I don’t have to hear from someone else what they think, . . . . because it’s what he thinks.”
“I report to Mike and that’s all that really matters that way. We have the candid conversations we have all the time. It’s just the way it is.”
Of course, this year those conversations haven’t been as fun, since the team has fallen well short of expectations, on the verge of ending a five-year streak of playoff appearances. They sit at 4-7-1 entering the final four games, and only winning out will help them avoid their first losing record since 2010.
Brown doesn’t have the same kind of day-to-day control over the team he once did, delegating much of that power to his family. But he’s still the boss, and Lewis said that the one-year extension he got last year (which covered 2017) is all he needs to hear.
“We reassured it last January the day after we lost in the playoffs,” Lewis said.
One more year is far from a mandate, but Lewis said he’s not fretting about the future.
“I think the thing with Mike is that he’s been in this business a long time. And he takes every loss as hard as I do or anybody else does here. And it affects him,” Lewis said. “But on the other hand, he trusts me to move the football team in the right direction. . . . that’s the commitment that he’s made to me . . . and that’s the commitment I’ve made to him, to get his football team in the playoffs and through the playoffs all the time and be world champions. . . .
“As long as I’m going to do this here, that’s what my goal is. Anything short of that, I’d be wasting time worrying about it other than spending time worrying about how to beat the next team.”
And if he needs to know any more than that, he can just ask tomorrow.