The Cincinnati Bengals are keeping Marvin Lewis around for the foreseeable future after both sides agreed to another offseason extension.
NFL Network reporter Mike Silver says it's a one-year extension that will keep Lewis under contract through the next two seasons.
Just filed to @nflnetwork: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has agreed to a contract extension with the team that will run through 2017...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) April 8, 2016
This comes after reports from Bleacher Report that the franchise is unhappy with Lewis, which it turns out isn't the case based on signing him up for at least two more years. Though Cincinnati has yet to taste postseason success, you can't deny that Lewis has taken this franchise to new heights and made the Bengals are a respectable pro franchise.
That's a far cry from what the Bengals were in the 90s and much of the 2000s, a bottom-feeder that was a laughingstock in NFL circles. Lewis took over the Bengals in 2003 when it was ranked among the worst professional franchises in any sport, only to make them into a consistent winner and perennial playoff team.
Through 13 years and 20-8 regular-season games with the Bengals, Lewis has compiled a 112-94-2 record. He's won four division titles and had six double-digit winning seasons, including four straight. His 2015 Bengals tied the franchise single-season record for wins (12) and set a franchise mark with an 8-0 start.
And frankly, that team was poised for a deep playoff run had Andy Dalton not broken his thumb in Week 14. At that point, Cincinnati was 10-2 and primed to have the AFC's best record and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
But Dalton's injury led to the Bengals finishing 2-3 down the stretch, including a Wild Card loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was painfully reminiscent of Lewis' first trip to the playoffs, which ended with a loss to Pittsburgh after Carson Palmer tore his ACL. Take away those two injuries, and we're probably talking about the Bengals having 2-4 playoff wins under Lewis.
Lewis is currently the second longest tenured head coach in the NFL. The only coach tenured longer is Bill Belichick, who has an all-time record of 187-69 in the regular season with the New England Patriots. The big criticism of Lewis is his 0-7 playoff mark, but as mentioned above, he's been on the wrong end of several bad breaks that would have crippled most teams.
All said, Lewis deserves to be the Bengals coach this year, and it's safe to say owner Mike Brown thinks Lewis will do enough in the 2016 season to warrant being back for 2017.
What are your thoughts on the extension?