Marvin Lewis’ 16-year tenure on the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline is finally over, as he’s informed his staff he won’t remain as head coach, a source told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Marvin Lewis has informed his #Bengals staff he's out as coach, source said. Owner Mike Brown made the decision.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 31, 2018
The Bengals signed the 60-year-old to a two-year contract extension running through the 2019 season in January, despite rumors he would be dismissed.
He lasted just one year under the extension.
Lewis was the NFL’s second-longest tenured head coach, only New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick had a longer tenure.
Lewis ended up 131-122-3 record during his time with the franchise.
BREAKING: #Bengals and Marvin Lewis have mutually decided to part ways after 16 seasons.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 31, 2018
The Bengals made the playoffs in five straight seasons between 2011-15, but his teams posted an 0-7 record in the playoffs and failed to make the postseason in each of the last three years.
After a 4-1 start to the season, injuries and poor defense plagued the Bengals.
Lewis reportedly intends on continuing his coaching career, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Lewis has told people today he wants to keep coaching. Intriguing option for other teams. https://t.co/UpF0WbVGzU
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 31, 2018
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