The Bengals and head coach Marvin Lewis should get some kind of deal done that extends his contract in the coming months.
Circumstance is why the two sides haven't reached an agreement on the typical one-year extension Lewis gets every offseason. At least, that's what ESPN's Coley Harvey reports:
That's because this week, a source close to the coach told ESPN.com the same thing Lewis told reporters assembled at the NFL combine last month: that still, there have been no talks between Lewis and the Bengals regarding another soon-to-expire contract.
The source did sound confident an extension eventually will come. The source cited conflicting schedules between Lewis and Bengals' ownership this offseason as a reason they haven't sat down just yet.
Lewis has been the team's head coach since 2003, and continuity has been the theme of his tenure. Offensive line coach and assistant head coach Paul Alexander has been around since 1994. Running backs coach Jim Anderson, who retired after the 2012 season, held his job for 29 years.
The Hayes brothers (Jonathan and Jay) arrived in Cincinnati during Lewis' rookie campaign. Paul Guenther, who is entering his second season as a defensive coordinator, has been with the team since 2005.
Unless something drastically bad happens in 2015, the Bengals will have Lewis next year, so expect the two sides to eventually reach an agreement on at least a one-year extension before the '15 season opens.