- John Grieshop/Getty Images
- Marvin Lewis will reportedly end his 15-year run as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals at the end of the 2017 season.
- During Lewis’ time with the team, he brought the Bengals back to relevance, but his term was marred by an 0-7 record in the postseason.
- Lewis is the second-longest-tenured coach in the NFL, behind only Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots.
Marvin Lewis will reportedly be leaving the Cincinnati Bengal after the 2017 season after 15 years as the team’s head coach.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lewis will leave the Bengals to “pursue opportunities elsewhere” in the league. With head coaching jobs likely to open up across the league this offseason, chances are Lewis will be a fairly hot commodity for teams looking to reboot their staffs.
Should Lewis not land a job as a head coach with a team, Schefter’s sources say that Lewis would likely aim to work with one of his former Cincinnati assistants that has gone on to become a head coach in the league.
Lewis’ 15-year run in Cincinnati makes him the second-longest tenured head coach in the league, behind only the Patriots’ Bill Belichick. Lewis brought the Bengals back to relevance after over a decade of losing seasons, and going 123-111-3 in Cincinnati and leading the team to four AFC North division titles in his time there.
But Lewis’ lasting legacy will likely be his postseason record – going a dismal 0-7 in the playoffs with the Bengals, good for the worst mark in NFL history.
The Bengals currently sit with a record of 5-8, and have been all but eliminated from playoff contention, and are 12.5-point underdogs this week against the Minnesota Vikings.