Marvin Lewis' 16-year run as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals is over.
Following a third straight losing season, the Bengals fired Lewis on Monday. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Lewis informed the coaching staff he would not return and that the decision to fire Lewis was made by team owner Mike Brown.
Lewis became Cincinnati's head coach in 2003 and made the playoffs seven times. The Bengals, however, failed to move beyond the first round of the postseason under Lewis and amassed six losing seasons, including the past three campaigns. There were especially some struggles over the last three years as OC Ken Zempese and DC Teryl Austin were fired.
Lewis will remain head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals after signing a two-year contract with the team that runs through the 2019 season, the team announced.
"Marvin Lewis has been an important member of the Cincinnati community and the Bengals family for the past 15 years, and we are happy to have reached this agreement," Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement. "Marvin has made significant contributions during his time here. While recently we have fallen short of our expectations, we have full confidence in Marvin to re-establish winning football in 2018."
Despite never winning a playoff game in Cincinnati, Lewis is the winningest coach Bengals franchise history. He's compiled a 125-112-3 record and guided the Bengals to the postseason seven times. Cincinnati finished 7-9 this season.
Nov 20, 2014 · 5:58 PM EST
Jaguars WR Mike Brown (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday.
Mike DiRocco, ESPN
Oct 03, 2014 · 11:12 PM EDT
Receiver Ace Sanders makes his season debut Sunday after missing the first four games with a drug suspension. It's good timing, too, because Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee are out with hamstring injuries. That makes Sanders the most experienced receiver, and you can expect him to be on the field a lot, considering that tight end Clay Harbor played 61 snaps in his season debut Sunday. Sanders told me his conditioning won't be an issue.
Sanders and Mike Brown will likely play behind Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. Only Hurns and Robinson are viable fantasy options this week against the Steelers.