Cincinnati gives Marvin Lewis a one-year extension


After the Bengals floundered in the playoffs for the third straight year, many were asking whether or not Marvin Lewis was the right man for the job. Today, Lewis is signing a one-year contract extension.

“Marvin has earned this commitment for the job he is doing,” said Bengals President Mike Brown. “We are one of only five teams to qualify for the playoffs the last three years, and our prospects are bright looking ahead.”

Lewis is the second longest tenured coach in the NFL behind Bill Belichick, yet his .514 winning percentage is lower than any other coach hired before 2012. For more perspective, the average winning percentage of all other coaches whom have been in their position for at least six seasons is .642. Likewise, within that group of eight coaches, they have amassed a total of nine Super Bowl wins and four more appearances. In fact, Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons joins Lewis as the only two to not win a Super Bowl.

While there is no doubt that Lewis has transformed the lowly Bengals organization into a constant playoff contender, his performance still falls well short of his peers. This one-year extension isn’t necessarily a glowing endorsement, but it does allow Lewis some breathing room.

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