By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
It has been a long time coming, but the Cincinnati Bengals have finally parted ways with head Coach Marvin Lewis.
After 16 seasons, Lewis’ tenure is over in “Who Dey” nation. For the past several years there was speculation as to why the Bengals held on to Lewis for so long, but it was simply their trust and respect in how he managed to turn around this team, a team that sat below .500 for several years prior to 2003.
Lewis took over the head coaching job in 2003, when he replaced Dick LeBeau who tanked the Bengals for the worst win percentage in franchise history. Lewis improved the Bengals to winning seasons with a band of young players such as quarterback Carson Palmer and receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
He was voted AP Coach of the Year in 2009. His regular season record, 131-122-3, holding just above .500. But it was his postseason record, a sad 0-7, that was always black mark on his coaching record.
Despite five playoff appearances from 2011-2015, including a 2015 season with a 8-0 start, he just couldn’t pull it all the way. Despite the losses, Lewis did a lot for the Bengals franchise but owner Mike Brown and Lewis agreed it was time to move on according to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero.
Marvin Lewis has informed his #Bengals staff he’s out as coach, source said. Owner Mike Brown made the decision.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 31, 2018
He will most likely be interviewed for other head coaching jobs in the NFL or he could easily find his way into the college realm. Either way, Lewis is so highly respected, there is no way his work in the football gridiron is over.
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