CINCINNATI, April 8 (UPI) — In 13 seasons, the Cincinnati Bengals have reached the playoffs seven times, won an average of about nine games each season, and won four division championships, under Marvin Lewis
But the team has yet to win a playoff game, a drought dating back to the 1990 season. Before Lewis arrived, the franchise lost 10 or more games for five straight seasons. That miserable stretch expands to nine seasons of 10 or mores losses in the 12 years before Lewis.
On Friday, the Bengals decided those numbers and regular season success were enough to earn the former Coach of the Year a one-year extension, after his contract expires following the upcoming season. NFL Media’s Michael Silver reported the deal.
Lewis, 57, is the league’s second longest-tenured coach. The Bengals have reached the postseason for five straight seasons, the longest such streak in franchise history.
The latest edition of Lewis’ team tied for the most wins in franchise history and its point differential of 140 was the most in franchise history.
Last year Lewis suggested that if the Bengals would have won Super Bowl 50, he might have retired.
“I want to hand Mike (Brown) the trophy,” Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Daugherty. “then just walk away.”
But this offseason, Lewis assured the team’s owner that he was not walking away.
“That’s literally the first thing we talked about,” Lewis told the Enquirer. “There was no doubt. That’s the first thing he always asks me, but no.”