In a surprise move, the Cincinnati Bengals announced Tuesday that they have re-signed head coach Marvin Lewis to a two-year extension. The extension will keep Lewis in Cincinnati through the 2019 season.
Breaking: The Bengals have signed Marvin Lewis to a two-year contract, running through the 2019 season. pic.twitter.com/6njEM3PxGt— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 2, 2018
The extension comes as a big surprise to some, as earlier reports confirmed that Lewis was intending to leave the team after the 2017 season in pursuit of other opportunities. Nevertheless, he is back and ready to lead the Bengals into the 2018 season.
Bengals owner Mike Brown seemed delighted about the extension when asked to comment.
“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.” The Bengals finished 7-9 in 2017, failing to make the postseason.
Lewis also seemed grateful that an extension was reached when asked.
“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.”
Despite seven playoff appearances and no playoff wins in his 15 year tenure, Lewis is second behind New England’s Bill Belichick for the NFL’s longest tenured coach.
Now that a head coach has been decided, the Bengals turn their attention towards finding a new defensive coordinator, as Paul Guenther recently announced his decision to pursue other opportunities. Guenther was projected as being a top candidate to replace Lewis before he was extended.
Hopefully an extension and a new coordinator will be the pieces to finally finding playoff success in Cincinnati.