The Cincinnati Bengals will retain Marvin Lewis as their coach for another two years, the team announced today.
Lewis has coached the Bengals since 2003, and is already the longest-tenured head coach in franchise history. His new contract extension will keep him in orange and black until 2014. Barring any massive setbacks on or off the field, Lewis will have enjoyed a decade in charge of the team at the conclusion of this season.
The Benglas have enjoyed up-and-down success under Lewis’ leadership. The team has made the playoffs three times in nine seasons (2005, 2009, and 2011), while Lewis has an overall record of 69-74-1 in that time. The team has at times gotten in trouble off the field, but Lewis has become stricter with his players since – he recently made headlines for banning his team from Twitter for the duration of the 2012-2013 season.
The 2011-12 Bengals performed better than expected under Lewis, as the young team earned a spot in the AFC wild card game before losing to the Houston Texans.