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July 31 2012 at 1:57 PM
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http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Lewis-gets-extension/40554887-dbf8-45bb-ac3b-9409cea382a0

Lewis gets extension

Geoff Hobslob Editor Bengals.com

With the Bengals signing him to another contract extension Tuesday, head coach Marvin Lewis has gone from lame duck to incumbent with last year's playoff berth produced by the AFC's youngest postseason team turning out to be the referendum.

Lewis, 53, had agreed to what was believed to be a two-year deal following a 4-12 season in 2010. But after watching him direct a team with four Pro Bowlers under the age of 25 to a 9-7 record, Bengals president Mike Brown had apparently seen enough to continue the longest coaching tenure in Bengals history with a deal through 2014.

The core of Brown's philosophy is continuity and stability on the coaching staff and at quarterback. Since rookie quarterback Andy Dalton threw two Pro Bowl touchdown passes back in January, Brown has locked up his head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator beyond this season.

"Mike and I are extremely comfortable working together," Lewis said at his regularly scheduled noon news conference on Tuesday, where news suddenly broke out with Lewis's fifth extension. "We can go in and discuss every morning what's going on and come to a conclusion. And both know the conclusion and feel good about it. There was a lot of confidence gained last year in what we were doing. Both sides.

"There's nobody in Cincinnati that wants to win more than the man upstairs. And that's my job to get him there and that's what I'm committed to doing."

Lewis passed Bengals founder Paul Brown and Sam Wyche last season in his ninth year and assuming he's here through at least 2013, he'll become the 15th head coach since the 1970 NFL merger to be with one team for at least 11 seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Two of those men are still serving as Andy Reid heads into his 14th season in Philadelphia and Bill Belichick starts his 13th in New England.

"Coming off a playoff finish last year, with a solid coaching staff and good young players, continuity at the top gives us our best chance to do well, Bengals president Mike Brown said in a press release. We are excited about the teams prospects and happy to have completed this process with Marvin before the 2012 preseason schedule begins.

When the Bengals secured a Wild Card berth back in January behind the record-setting rookie combination of Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green, Lewis joined Paul Brown as the only Bengals coaches with three playoff appearances. He's seeking to pass Brown and Wyche with a third division title.

At 69-77-1, Lewis would be the only coach in the 11-year club with a sub-.500 record. Lewis is third on the list for most regular-season games coached without a playoff win (144) behind Jim Mora (231) and Norm Van Brocklin (173), and he talked about how that elusive victory bothers him at last February's NFL scouting combine.

"Frankly, that's where I'm disappointed. I haven't got us to the championship game," Lewis said then. "We haven't won a playoff game. We've won the division twice, but haven't won a playoff game. I was hoping we could get beyond that this year."

On Tuesday, Lewis said that more than people know, Brown takes a lot of the responsibility when things don't go right.

"Mike's more patient than me," Lewis said.

Asked if he'd still be the coach here if he was the owner, Lewis smiled and indicated probably not.

Lewis brought NFL respectability and an AFC North mindset to a franchise just off its worst season ever at 2-14 in 2002. Lewis, who coached in Super Bowls for the Steelers and Ravens, was named NFL Coach of the Year in 2009 for Cincinnati's sweep of the division. His 28-26 record in the North comes after a nine-year stretch the Bengals were 24-60 in the old AFC Central before getting swept in '02 in the first year of the AFC North.

"Obviously we've gotten better since I first walked in this room in January of 2003," Lewis said. "There's been an evolotion and I think everybody who walks out on that prctice field, talking about visiting coaches, that's what they talk about that. This is a very good looking football team, It's big, it's fast...It's something the organization ought to be very, very proud of. We've converted into what an NFL teams looks like in size and girth and speed and length."

The 2012 finale at Paul Brown Stadium against Lewis's old team the Ravens is going to be his 160th regular-season game, passing Dennis Green for the longest tenure by an African-American head coach at one club.

"It's gratifying, obviously to have that opportunity to be in place here now for 12 seasons. But at the end of the line there is one thing that hangs over your head and you've got to do that and that's to win a championship," Lewis said. "That's why we coach. That's why we do this. That's the nugget you keep striving for all the time.

"There are a lot of positives that go along the way, there's highs and lows, it's all positive. But that is the thing that keeps driving you. I am very pleased and flattered to be able to do it. We love being here and living here, we have obviously built a fine, fine thing, the (Marvin Lewis) Community Fund continues to flourish and the things the staff does over there. I get too much credit for all the great work they do, we are very pleased with that as well."

NFL HEAD COACHES FOR AT LEAST 11 SEASONS WITH SAME TEAM (Since 1970 merger)

» 26 - Don Shula, Miami, 1970-95

» 22 - Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh, 1969-91

» 19 - Tom Landry, Dallas, 1970-88

» 17 - Jeff Fisher, Tennessee, 1994-2010

» 16 - Joe Gibbs, Washington, 1981-92, 2004-07

» 15 - Bud Grant, Minnesota, 1970-83, 85

» 15 - Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh, 1992-2006

» 14 - Mike Shanahan, Denver, 1995-2008

» 14 - Andy Reid Philadelphia, 1999-present

» 13 - Bill Belichick, New England, 2000-present

» 12 - Marv Levy, Buffalo, 1986-97

» 12 - Dan Reeves, Denver, 1981-92

» 11 - Mike Ditka, Chicago, 1982-92

» 11 - Jim Mora New Orleans, 1986-96

 
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July 31 2012, 2:11 PM 

Yes everyone, beam with pride! At least the Bungles now "look like an NFL team."

Boy, the heart just swells with admiration doesn't it?

"We do do, and we do it at a very, very high level," Lewis said.

 
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July 31 2012, 2:19 PM 

Wow--stability!!!!

JUST THE WRONG KIND OF STABILITY.

Most NFL Coaches would be on the Warm-to-Hot Seat for going 9-7 in their last season.

Not Marvin.

Only in BungleTown would you get an extension for a mediocre season. Sure--they made the playoffs--barely. They backed in then got ousted like they should have.

Unbelievable.




"So he got fired? Big deal. It's happened to the best of us. So he got kicked out of his house by his 400 lb'ed wife?!?!? That's probably better for him anyways."-OldSchooler on ChrisMBHater's absence

 
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July 31 2012, 2:37 PM 

Now were beginning to see where this town doesn't have a winning culture. It starts with the owners - but at least for now the Reds may be turning the corner. A breath of fresh air there.

 
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July 31 2012, 3:08 PM 

I was told this deal was going to happen last year...
Zimmer and Gruden getting more power to control things is the only hope.



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July 31 2012, 4:09 PM 

I think what was going on was Marv was tap dancing to see how Gruden would work out with the short preseason and a new offense. If all goes well during the preseason and it looks like the players are grasping the still new offense Marv might relax his hold.

 
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July 31 2012, 6:52 PM 

How many coaches have gotten an extension after 10 years and ZERO playoff wins?

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July 31 2012, 8:06 PM 

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Mike Brown:

Continuity is what matters most, right Marvin?

It's always good to be patient, right Marvin?

0.469 is a great winning rate, right Marvin?

We don't need no stinkin' playoff victories, right Marvin?

How could I not grant you a big fat contract extension?


Marvin Lewis:

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August 1 2012, 3:28 AM 

I like it. Ive been and will continue to be a Marvin supporter. He has taken a laughing stock franchise and made them competitive. I know theres better coaches but Im also am a realist and know none would work for Mike Brown. The people on this board who believe Mike Brown could replace Marvin with a better coach is living in a fantasy. Wont happen, and history is the proof.

I am actually looking forward to this season, as well as others on this board. Other coaches under Mike Brown I never looked forward to a season ever.

Too the Marvin haters, what was your most enjoyable season since Mike
Brown took control of the Bengals?

Mine The 05' Marvin lewis team.

 
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August 1 2012, 4:05 AM 

My fav season was 2010 when the dumbazzes signed TO and thought everything was going to be great and as soon as TO realized all the things he heard were true he started throwing coaches under the bus.


Sorry Fulcher but I don't accept the notion that having a poor coach is OK because no one better will come, Marvin stinks and the NFL said it loud and clear when his contract was up and there were 6 vacancies and no one called

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August 1 2012, 9:02 AM 

"The people on this board who believe Mike Brown could replace Marvin with a better coach is living in a fantasy. Wont happen, and history is the proof."

If the brownHole completely changed the way he ran the organization and put the focus squarely on winning, then sure, it would be possible to get a better coach.

If he doesn't, then it ultimately won't matter who is the coach. Having Lewis go 8-8 with the occasional 9-7 mark that gets his team bounced from the playoffs in the first round is really no better to me than 4-12. Either way they aren't really competing for anything meaningful.

At first I was kind of disappointed that everyone is all over the brownHole's jock this year and all excited about the season, as it seems most bungle fans have totally and completely disregarded how big of a benefit the easiest schedule in a decade was in last year's barely above .500 season.

Now I'm kind of looking forward to them being embarrassed and exposed as the idiots they are as they re-discover all over again how pathetic this entire organization really is from top to bottom. Have fun with that, I'll be the guy laughing his arse off at you after every loss (and I expect there to be around 10 of them).

"We do do, and we do it at a very, very high level," Lewis said.

 
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August 1 2012, 9:22 AM 

It ultimately comes back to the fans - the ones who buy the tickets. If they are happy with things the way they are and don't complain and continue to buy tickets than things will remain the same. In most other cities this (mediocre performance) would not work.

 
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August 1 2012, 9:23 AM 

"Now I'm kind of looking forward to them being embarrassed and exposed as the idiots they are as they re-discover all over again how pathetic this entire organization really is from top to bottom."

The bar is set pretty high (or low however you want to look at it) for the Bungs to be embarrassed. 4-12 is not embarrassing, especially if some losses were close. They saw three playoff appearances in seven years, they can coast on that for a while.

 
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August 1 2012, 9:53 AM 

I know there's better coaches but I'm also am a realist and know none would work for Mike Brown.

That's sort of how I've resigned myself to this. It's not "oh, I'm real happy the Bengals signed an extension for Marvin Lewis." And it's not "I'm sad that the Bengals signed him to extension."

Instead, it's "I'm sad that re-signing Marvin Lewis is genuinely the best that this owner can give me."

I don't see them going any better than 7-9, FWIW. But a couple of teams take a couple of weeks off and hey, who knows? Maybe they get to be that soft sixth seed team that Mikey loves so much.

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August 1 2012, 1:14 PM 

I'll reserve judgment until the opening MNF game at Baltimore. I expect them to get embarrassed on national t.v. I remember all the pre-season talk that came out of Philadelphia a year or two ago. They even used the word "dynasty." Now, Riley Reiff up in Minnesota is running his mouth about superbowls. He's even got some teammates sounding off. This is almost a guaranteed karma krash.

So now, when I hear Hobspin, Joe Reedy, Lance McCallister, etal. puffing up this Bengals team I want to cringe. Someone needs to shut these loons up now!

....toss me that thar vomit bag.


btw Psycho? I discovered a new vomitorium. It's at Put in Bay on Lake Erie. I also discovered that ice cold pints of Guiness make me think I'm not talking loud enough. ugh.

 
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August 1 2012, 2:59 PM 

I still contend that three playoff appearances in 11 years and a winning percentage of over .460 under the ownership of MB is the equivalent of Vince Lombardi winning Superbowls with the 60s Packers. Both are solid coaching jobs.

As much as I would like to see things go back to the Dave Shula/Dave Klingler era just so that Mikey could go back to being laughing stock, I appreciate that Marvin actually makes the Bungs look like an NFL franchise, even with their subpar roster.

 
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August 1 2012, 4:01 PM 

Only in cinci can the fan base accept a coach like Marvin.
Seriously....

The Steelers took a young special teams coach....then replaced a great coach with another young coach....
how rings later?

Don't give me this sh!t about nobody better coming here.
There are only 32 jobs like this in the world and a ton of young talented coaches that understands modern day football.

Marvin has had talented teams...and has been too scared to WIN football games.
I lost respect for Marvin when they beat the Bears at home.




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August 1 2012, 5:57 PM 

I am a Bengals fan and a realist and realize that the problem is not the players or the coach but one Mike Brown.

I also realize that Mike Brown under any circumstance will be here for a long time.

I also realize that the next head coach he hires will be a bum willing to work for food stamps. I Personally dont want to see this team step backwards and fall off the cliff as it was pre Marvin. Those years were misserable and everyone new the season was lost before it began year after year.

At least under Marvin I get to root for an NFL team. Can't say that for the next Brown lacky.

 
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Marvin has had talented teams...and has been too scared to WIN football games.

Mikey/murfy, that's BS and you know it.

All that one has to point to is the Bengals record under Mikey Brown before Marvin and since. Marvin has done a few INCREDIBLE coaching jobs, namely 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2011. His only bad coaching job honestly was 2006. I know some of you like to nitpick individual games, but this guy has beaten the Steelers and Ravens on a number of occasions, and while he has not won a playoff game, he has had the worse team all three times, not to mention that Carson Palmer missed all but two plays of the Pittsburgh game and Carson Palmer played probably the worst QBd game ever by a Bengals QB not named Klingler or Akilli in the Jets game. Last year was a coinflip and was disappointing but what did everyone expect with a rookie QB and a mediocre running game???

 
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