Bengals sign coach Marvin Lewis to one-year extension

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on from the sideline in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Cincinnati.

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CINCINNATI — The Bengals announced Friday that head coach Marvin Lewis‘ contract has been extended by one year through the 2015 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.

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