Bengals give coach Marvin Lewis 2-year extension

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Bengals give coach Marvin Lewis 2-year extension
Bengals give coach Marvin Lewis 2-year extension

CINCINNATI (AP) – Coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension Tuesday, yet two more chances to try to get the Cincinnati Bengals that playoff victory that has eluded him for 15 seasons.

The agreement came after a second straight losing season and two days of discussions with owner Mike Brown. Lewis has the second-longest active coaching tenure in the NFL, behind Bill Belichick’s 18 seasons with New England.

Unlike Belichick, who has won five Super Bowls and made two other appearances in the title game, Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs, the worst such coaching record in NFL history. The Bengals have yet to win a playoff game since the 1990 season, the sixth-longest streak of futility in league history.

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FILE – In this Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis speaks during a news conference following an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Cincinnati. This could be the final game for Lewis as Cincinnati’s head coach, now in his 15th season with the Bengals. Lewis brushed aside that he’s preparing to move on, insisting that his future is secondary to guiding Cincinnati to an upset. “I’m not going to reflect if this is my last game or not,” Lewis said. “You never know when the last game is, so I don’t do any reflection.” (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)
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