Bengals sign coach Marvin Lewis to one-year extension
MAR 14, 2014 12:29p ET
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals announced Friday that head coach Marvin Lewis' contract has been extended by one year through the 2015 season.
"Marvin has earned this commitment for the job he is doing," team president Mike Brown said in a press release. "We are one of only five teams to qualify for the playoffs the last three years, and our prospects are bright looking ahead. Marvin is driven to achieve more, and we are happy to secure his leadership of our team beyond the coming season."
Lewis is the winningest coach in franchise history at 90-85-1 in his 11 seasons. He's also led the team to three AFC North division titles and five playoff appearances, including three straight, but is still seeking a first postseason win. The Bengals lost 27-10 against San Diego in the AFC wild-card round at Paul Brown Stadium this past January.
Lewis was hired in January 2003, taking over a franchise that had won just 55 games in the previous 12 seasons prior to his arrival.
Lewis said during last month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that changes to the coaching staff caused by the departures of former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to Minnesota and former offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to Washington for head coaching jobs has renewed his vigor for the coming season. Hue Jackson is the new offensive coordinator while Paul Guenther is taking over the defensive coordinator position.
He's not a believer in the term 'window of opportunity.'
"No because if that, I never would have come to Cincinnati because everyone told me we couldn't win," said Lewis at the combine. "I think you make opportunity. I really believe that. Look at what the Carolina Panthers have done. You make opportunity. Getting good young players and developing players to give them a great direction and allowing them to grow and do great things."