Marvin Lewis’s long run in Cincinnati isn’t over.
Lewis will remain head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals after signing a two-year contract with the team that runs through the 2019 season, the team announced.
“Marvin Lewis has been an important member of the Cincinnati community and the Bengals family for the past 15 years, and we are happy to have reached this agreement,” Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement. “Marvin has made significant contributions during his time here. While recently we have fallen short of our expectations, we have full confidence in Marvin to re-establish winning football in 2018.”
Despite never winning a playoff game in Cincinnati, Lewis is the winningest coach Bengals franchise history. He’s compiled a 125-112-3 record and guided the Bengals to the postseason seven times. Cincinnati finished 7-9 this season.
Lewis was instrumental in transforming the Bengals into contenders again in the AFC. Prior to his arrival in 2003, the Bengals hadn’t had a winning season in 12 years. After consecutive 8-8 seasons, the Bengals finished 11-5 in 2005 to claim the AFC North title and their first playoff berth since 1990.
“My family and I are very grateful for the opportunity to stay in Cincinnati and continue my career with the Bengals,” Lewis said in a statement. “My job is to win a World Championship. We have a talented roster full of veteran leaders and emerging young stars, and I am committed to making the necessary improvements to put this team in the best position to win.”
Lewis has won four more division titles with the Bengals and he took home NFL Coach of the Year honors in 2009. Cincinnati, however, has yet to advance past Wild Card Weekend under Lewis’ tenure.
Around The NFL will have more on Lewis soon.