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2013: 11-5 (Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs)
The good news is that the Cincinnati Bengals have reached the NFL playoffs each of the past three seasons, a first for a franchise that first took the field in 1968.
The bad news is that the franchise still hasn’t won a postseason game since 1990, when the team played at since-demolished Cinergy Field and the opponent was Houston…as in the Oilers.
Now, head coach Marvin Lewis, owner of a 0-5 playoff record as the team’s head coach, just saw his contract extended through 2015 and, according to team president Mike Brown, deservedly so.
“Marvin has earned this commitment for the job he is doing,” said Brown in a news release by the team documented by Geoff Dobson of Bengals.com. “We are one of only five teams to qualify for the playoffs the last three years, and our prospects are bright looking ahead. Marvin is driven to achieve more, and we are happy to secure his leadership of our team beyond the coming season.”
The defending AFC North champions will have their work cut out for them in what is always a very competitive division. Hue Jackson and Paul Guenther are the new offensive and defensive coordinator, respectively, while the team lost defensive end Michael Johnson and tackle Anthony Collins in free agency.
Of course, keep in mind that this is a deeper team than most and should be difficult to topple from its current perch.