Marvin Lewis Expected to Leave the Cincinnati Bengals After This Season
Marvin Lewis has been the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals for 15 years, making him the longest tenured coach in team history. As he had done before, he went into the 2017 on the final year of his contract, but unlike other times, reports are saying that Lewis has no intention of returning next year. There are expected to be a good number of head coaching positions open once the season concludes and not a lot of candidates with the level of experience Lewis has. Sources say if he isn't offered another head coaching position, then he'd like to move into a front office job or work as a coaching adviser for one of the current head coaches who learned under him.
Lewis has denied the report telling Bengals.com there is "nothing to it.
Along with Lewis, the majority of his coaching staff are also on the last year of their contracts and if he did stay, it's expected the team would want to majorly overhaul that staff. Some may stay, but it's expected that most will leave if Lewis does. Since taking the job in 2003, the Bengals have become a prominent team again, always competing for the playoffs. But in his fifteen years and seven trips to the post-season, they have yet to get a victory. He is the first head coach in NFL history to lose his first seven trips to the playoffs.
At this point, only New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been with his team longer, currently in his 18th year.