The Bengals have signed head coach Marvin Lewis to a contract extension through the 2014 season, the club announced Tuesday.
Lewis is entering his 10th season as Bengals head coach. Cincinnati has posted a 69-74-1 regular-season mark in Lewis' tenure. The 69 wins are a franchise record for a Bengals head coach.
The Bengals have won two division titles in Lewis' tenure (2005 and '09) and also made the playoffs last season. Cincinnati has yet to win a playoff game in Lewis' time as head coach.
“The team we have for this year is as exciting and intriguing as any one I’ve had,” said Lewis in a statement issued by the club. “Our goal is to win the Super Bowl, nothing less, and it’s great to have this extension in place. We have a lot of work to do in order to maximize the potential we have, and it’s exciting to me to come work at it every day. (Wife) Peggy and I love living in Cincinnati, and we love the support our fans give us. Thanks to everyone who has helped make all this happen.”
Said Bengals owner Mike Brown: “Coming off a playoff finish last year, with a solid coaching staff and good young players, continuity at the top gives us our best chance to do well. We are excited about the team’s prospects and happy to have completed this process with Marvin before the 2012 preseason schedule begins."
The way we see it
The good vibes continue for the Bengals, so often criticized for glaring missteps over the years. A contract extension for Lewis eliminates the potential for the drama that marked the end of the 2010 season, when Lewis' deal was set to expire and his future with the club was a major storyline.
Lewis has done some of his best work in recent seasons. The 2011 club wasn't regarded as a playoff contender by many, but it was ready to play right off the bat even with rookie QB Andy Dalton running a newly installed offensive scheme. That's a credit to Lewis and his coaching staff, the continuity of which has been one of Cincinnati's strengths.