Marvin Lewis, Bengals planning to mutually part ways

Posted December 18, 2017

National Football League insider Adam Schefter reports that Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis plans on leaving the team after this season.

ESPN first reported the news.

"It's the same report you guys have been reporting on all season", he added. It's just speculation people keep throwing out there. "We're planning on Hue Jackson being our football coach for a long time and he and John working closely together for a long time".

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"They obviously made a great decision", Lewis said, "and those that haven't wish they had".

After failing to reach a contract extension in the offseason, Lewis and team owner and president Mike Brown said at the pre-training camp luncheon the plan was to address the situation after the season.

The Vikings' most dominant win of the season saw Mike Zimmer's current defense turn in a commanding performance against his former employer, The Vikings prevented the Bengals from making a first down through the first quarter, sacked Andy Dalton three times and scored their first defensive touchdown of the season when Eric Kendricks picked off a pass Dalton threw right at him and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown.

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This game comes up at an interesting time for both head coaches in this matchup. "They want to be first".

When Lewis was hired in 2003, he became the first Bengals coach since 1980 - and just second in team history - who was hired without having any prior ties to the organization.

Meanwhile, there's a growing sense that Marvin Lewis is a lame duck head coach. Lewis has an expiring contract, bound for a second straight absence from the postseason, and an 0-7 career record in the playoffs. He reflected on the advice he gave Zimmer nearly four years ago, before the Vikings came after him. Lewis has spent 15 years as Cincinnati's coach, going 123-112-3 as the all-time winningest coach in team history, but with losses in all seven playoff games.

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