Bengals: Lewis back as head coach

Posted Jan. 04, 2011 @ 4:09 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bengals announced Tuesday that head coach Marvin Lewis has re-signed with the club.

Lewis has coached eight seasons in Cincinnati, leading the Bengals to a 60-69-1 mark. The Bengals have twice captured the AFC North in his tenure.

"I really came to the realization this morning that this is what I wanted to do," Lewis said Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, the team had said two meetings between Lewis and president Mike Brown had not resulted in a new contract for Lewis, whose previous deal was to expire after the 2010 season. However, the two sides were able to reach an accord, as sources close to the situation earlier Tuesday had told PFW was likely to happen.

Hired in 2003, Lewis apparently will embark on his ninth season as the Bengals' head coach. No coach in franchise history has been on the job longer.

Lewis' best coaching job came in 2009, when he garnered PFW / PFWA Coach of the Year honors for coaxing the Bengals to a 10-6 record. Tough defense and a strong running game carried the Bengals, who swept the division. Lewis' leadership was also integral to the team coping with the passing of WR Chris Henry and Vikki Zimmer, the wife of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

However, the Bengals struggled this season, starting 2-1 but proceeding to lose 10 straight. They did rebound to win their final two games, with the play of young WRs Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson on offense and rookie DE Carlos Dunlap on defense positive signs for 2011.

The way we see it

The obvious question now is what, if any, changes will be coming with Lewis back in the fold in Cincinnati. The Bengals lean heavily on their coaches in the scouting process, and Lewis reportedly would like additions to the club's personnel department. He would also reportedly like an indoor practice facility.

On Tuesday, Lewis seemed to indicate that Brown would continue to have the final call on personnel, with Lewis continuing to have heavy input.