Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
During the earliest days under the 2011 calendar, the Cincinnati Bengals were momentarily without a head coach. Marvin Lewis, who let his contract expire, wasn't so willing to sign an extension this time around without changes. Notably he wanted control over coaching hires, an indoor practice facility and an improved scouting department -- you know, things that a modern NFL franchise typically applies. But within a few days, some public wrangling, the sides came to terms on a two-year contract. Now Marvin Lewis is entering the final year of his contract and he was asked about an extension during the NFL Combine on Friday.
According to Joe Danneman of Fox 19, Marvin Lewis admits that "Mike Brown has asked him two or three times about extending his contract." Though he acknowledges that he and Mike Brown are "united", Lewis simply deflected why it hasn't been done yet, saying that he doesn't like to do those things. Lewis, the longest tenured head coach in franchise history, has compiled a 69-76-1 record (including the postseason). However as Geoff Hobson points out during the presser, Lewis said that he would like to sign an extension but he just hasn't sat down and worked it out. More tweets regarding Lewis' future with the Bengals.
#Bengals. Says people don't realize how much Mike Brown wants to winLewis says he'd be fine with finishing coaching career with
#Bengals and talk about it. Not sure being lame duck has impactLewis doesn't like to talk about job status, but he does plan to meet with
Lewis: "As far as my contract, yes it has been talked about but we haven’t come to any agreement."