Marvin Lewis: Contract extension not “critical or crucial”

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In late January, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said that he’d “like to agree” to a contract extension with the team because he thinks it would put “everybody’s mind at ease going forward for their futures.”

It’s now late February and the two sides haven’t agreed on a deal that would keep Lewis under contract beyond the 2017 season. Lewis still thinks a fourth extension in as many years would add a sense of security, but downplayed its importance coming off a year that saw the Bengals miss the playoffs for the first time in six years.

“I don’t think it’s critical or crucial,” Lewis said, via the team’s website. “If things work out we would look to do that. I think some people are sometimes more at ease with that. Maybe that’s not where we need to be. Maybe that’s not the right place for us to be right now … everybody is year-to-year, right?”

Going into next season with an expiring contract would certainly create a sense of urgency in Cincinnati, although one imagines that sense would exist under any circumstance as the Bengals close in on 30 years since their last postseason victory.

35 responses to “Marvin Lewis: Contract extension not “critical or crucial”

  1. Since he was hired as the Cincinnati Head Coach in 2002 the Steelers have appeared in and won two Super Bowls; the Ravens have appeared in and won one; the Patriots have appeared in six, winning four. The Bengals have not won a post season game. The owner is not trying to win the championship – he wants a competitive team that fills his wallet. Lewis is a mediocre coach at best. The Bengals need another HC.

  2. It really is unbelievable that Marv still has a head coaching job. Oh well, no need to ever worry about the gals being a post season threat. It’s too bad,really.

  3. Give him a lifetime contract and key to the city. First ballot Cincinnati HOF right there. Whenever this successless coach decides to retire, I bet following year the Bungles win their first playoff game in 3+ decades.

  4. Of course not, you’ve already made what, 50-60 million for coaching the Bungles to no playoff victories?

    Must be nice to make that kind of money for such an extended lack of success.

  5. harrisonhits2 says:
    Feb 26, 2017 2:17 PM
    Of course not, you’ve already made what, 50-60 million for coaching the Bungles to no playoff victories?

    Must be nice to make that kind of money for such an extended lack of success.

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    You hide your jealousy well for a Patriot troll.

  6. Nothing to see here. Marv signed his last extension in April. It’s February. Mike Brown will give him his yearly extension soon enough.

  7. I think Marvin will be the fall guy for a bad (worse than 2016) 2017. Management intends to let a lot of these 15 free agents go and (poor Bengal’s QBs as they are going to be viewing the sky a lot next season) the lack of a quality O line is going to make 4 wins look impossible. Cleveland has a chance of coming in 3rd this year.

    I look at this as the start of another 90s decade of poor Management decisions as any quality players will not resign when their contracts are up in future years.

  8. Marvin has already stated as soon as his son gets a job somewhere, he’s done. So someone PLEASE hire Marvin Lewis Jr.!! Then we won’t have to worry about him getting another contract! :/

  9. stillabengalsfan says:
    Feb 26, 2017 1:27 PM
    Don’t worry about your contract, Marvin… just go get Nick Mangold.

    I’d take Nick Mangold’s sister before Nick. 6 years ago maybe but not now. Draft Elflein in the 3rd round. 🙂

  10. Obviously,the Bengals ownership is satisfied with mediocre-bad teams if they continue to hang on to this guy. He is not even close to being a good HC. I would be really frustrated as a fan of this team.

  11. Month or 2 ago this guy was saying how the staff needed the certainty of an extension. Now all of a sudden it doesn’t matter?

    Sounds like he got told (probably indirectly in a subtle way) that 2017 is make or break and no extension without a certain milestone hit.

  12. Marvin is just looking out for the other coaches. He’s set for life financially. But he also realizes Mike Brown is pretty tight fisted, and probably doesn’t like the idea of eating a bunch of contracts, even if it’s not in the best interested of the team. The Bengals have never won a super bowl, but they save their pennies. Oh well, their fans are used to it by now.

  13. It’s nice to see that Patriots fans take so much interest in the Bengals. I guess we are your second team, when your team goes south after Brady and Bill retire.

  14. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 26, 2017 3:19 PM
    harrisonhits2 says:
    Feb 26, 2017 2:17 PM
    Of course not, you’ve already made what, 50-60 million for coaching the Bungles to no playoff victories?

    Must be nice to make that kind of money for such an extended lack of success.

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    You hide your jealousy well for a Patriot troll.

    ————
    AFC North….the softest division in the NFL. The Ravens are the only team that can ever even give the Patriots a game….and that doesn’t happen often….

  15. >>> whodey420 says:

    Marvin has already stated as soon as his son gets a job somewhere, he’s done. So someone PLEASE hire Marvin Lewis Jr.!! <<<

    You do realize Junior is right now one of the Bengals' 4 quality control coaches, right? So home team Stripes has already hired him
    …?

  16. @nhpats, AFC North the softest division.? I’m sure Brady would love to play against Suggs, Shazier, Geno Atkins and , esp. Burfict twice a year. Brady’s got it easy in the AFC East.

  17. stoneydog1000 says:
    Feb 26, 2017 10:15 PM
    @nhpats, AFC North the softest division.? I’m sure Brady would love to play against Suggs, Shazier, Geno Atkins and , esp. Burfict twice a year. Brady’s got it easy in the AFC East.
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    Actually, Brady’s record against the AFCNorth (25-7, .781) is better than the AFCEast (66-20, .767). So by your reckoning I guess that makes your division super-soft. LOL.

  18. ^p.s. Sorry, Brady’s 25-7 didn’t even include this past season where he swept the AFCN 5-0 inc playoffs. Sorry stoneydog I guess your div is very soft for Brady!

  19. He’s had more than enough time to win a playoff game, Brown should make him dance for his dinner. Win a playoff game get an extension, easy enough. Choke again, kick rocks and soon enough that Sam Bradford experiment implodes and Mike Zimmer is the new head coach.

  20. He has demonstrated no ability to keep his teams on point when it matters, the spiral and meltdown in new and embarrassing ways year after year. He’s had very talented rosters and has failed to elevate them at any point in his tenure.

    Especially after that disaster they had on their own field against their biggest rival in a playoff game when they lost their minds and literally handed that game away to the Steelers, i thought at least one positive would be that Marv was finally done. That was one of the most embarrassing losses i can remember in a long time (including the Falcons lol) but instead, it’s a vote of confidence and an extension.

    I don’t get it.

  21. I’m not a Bengals fan, but there is one way to get Mike’s attention. Bengals fans need to not show up to the stadium for one game or for a few games. Save your cash and watch your team from home on TV. Mike’s dad was a good guy from what I’ve heard, but Mike is a tightwad who has no clue, cares about money more than the Bengals, or no real love of the game of football. If fans would stay home instead of spending their hard earned cash to see a garbage team lead by a garbage coach who has never won a single playoff game in 14 years a message could be sent and received.
    If the fans keep handing over their money to Mike nothing will change. Pay for a ticket and wear a brown paper bag on your head…how smart is that…ummm your message is what? It’s been 14 years Bengals fans, you can make things change or you can continue to bang your heads against the wall and continue to bitch about how much it hurts.

    Your choice…

  22. Giggles McGee….AKA Marvin Lewis should have been fired years ago. I wish someone would report on the women that he has in each town. I feel bad for his wife.

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