Marvin Lewis is planning on leaving the Bengals at the end of the season after leading the organization for the past 15 years, per a report from Adam Schefter. The report adds that Lewis plans to “pursue opportunities elsewhere.”
You may recall that Lewis opted to enter the 2017 season on the final year of his deal, as he had done in years past. This time he’ll be looking at other options.
According to Schefter’s report, the contract of most of the assistant coaches with the Bengals are also up, and the organization has declined to give them extensions, leaving many unhappy.
As for what’s next for Lewis, Schefter adds that if he doesn’t land another head coaching job, he’s interested in working in a team’s from office, or as a coaching adviser to one of his many assistant coaches who have landed head coaching jobs.
With one current NFL head coaching job open (New York Giants), and more coming open on the horizon, Lewis will provide teams an option of a proven head coach with a successful and loyal track record.
Marvin Lewis accepted the head coaching job with the Bengals back in 2003, making him the second longest current tenured head coach behind only Bill Belichick (who joined the organization inn 2000.) Overall, his record is 123-111 with four first-place finishes in the AFC North, and seven playoff appearances.
Of those seven playoff appearances, Lewis never won a post season game.