Bengals’ Lewis Extends Contract


Cincinnati Bengals has extended the contract of Marvin Lewis, the team’s head coach, by means of the 2014 season. The Bengals president Mike Brown offered to extend Lewis’ contract after seeing him direct four young Pro Bowlers to a 9-7 record. The decision gives the coach more chances of leading the team to obtain their dream of winning a game in the playoff.  The team has also extended the contract of coordinators Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden who were also considered as head coaches in the offseason.

Brown attributes the chance of the bowlers for continuous success in their games to the team’s good players and solid staff in coaching. He is also glad to know that the team has completed the process of the season with the head coach prior to the start of the 2012 preseason as well as excited on the prospect of the team.

The coach has been with the team since 2003 which makes him among the longest tenured head coaches in the National Football League (NFL) and the longest in the history of the Cincinnati Bengals. He was hired by the team to replace Dick LeBeau who was terminated for poor performance. Prior to having the coach in the team, the Bengals had no wins since their 1990 game. They only made it to the 2005 playoffs wherein they lost to Pittsburgh Steelers. The coach started his career in coaching as Idaho State’s assistant coach before he became its linebackers coach from 1981 to 1984. He joined the NFL as a coaching intern with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, and then went on to become Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebackers coach in 1992. The Bengals team has become more competitive with Marvin as its coach; however it is yet to win a game in the championship.

Marvin has agreed to a 2-year extension even if Brown said that there will be no major changes to the team. For example, the Bengals is the only northern-area team that has no covered field for practice. Lewis believes that the team has gotten better over several years and has chosen promising players. However, he also thinks that the team has to exert more effort to maximize their potential.

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