Could Marvin Lewis actually remain the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018?
It’s possible, but I still don’t believe he will be.
Following the Bengals’ shocking win over the Ravens on New Year’s Eve, Lewis was questioned about his future in Cincinnati and if he’d like to remain the Bengals’ head coach going forward. Lewis is not under contract in 2018.
According to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, Lewis said he and Bengals owner Mike Brown will talk tomorrow, as they do each Monday. When asked if he would accept an offer for a new contract if one is extended, Lewis replied, "It's a little more complicated than that."
Here’s more from Jim Owczarski:
Marvin Lewis says it’s more complicated than just Mike Brown asking him to come back, but he said he would like to coach the #Bengals in 2018.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) January 1, 2018
Rumors emerged during the last three weeks that Lewis and the Bengals already had decided to mutually part ways. Lewis has denied the rumors without end, even though he’s the one who started them, per many sources. Lewis’ contract with the Bengals is now over and the Bengals do not have a head coach under contract for 2018.
The Bengals have endured back-to-back losing seasons and Lewis has gone 0-7 in the playoffs since becoming head coach of the Bengals in 2003. As the winningest coach in franchise history and the second longest tenured active coach in the NFL, Lewis’ time in Cincinnati may be up.
We’ll find out for sure soon and update you as more details become available.