Despite a fifth consecutive one-and-done trip to the playoffs, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis' job is reportedly safe.
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Bengals Reportedly Not Planning on Coaching Change
Sunday, Jan. 10
ESPN's Adam Schefter provided the update, reporting "Lewis' future really isn't much of an issue" and that the Bengals have "no plans" to make a change, which means the 57-year-old would be back for a 14th season at the helm in 2016.
Lewis has never guided Cincinnati to a postseason victory but has gone 112-94-2 in the regular season during his tenure. After a mostly mediocre start to his stint with the Bengals, Cincy has posted winning seasons in six of the past seven years.
The Bengals lost to the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers 18-16 in heartbreaking fashion Saturday. Even with backup quarterback AJ McCarron at the helm, only an improbable collapse in the final minutes, courtesy of a Jeremy Hill fumble and personal-foul penalties on Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones, prevented Cincinnati from advancing to the divisional round.
Some may blame Lewis for the conduct of Burfict and Jones, but ESPN's Jorge Sedano defended the coach:
It's hard to deny Lewis' recent results, yet he can't seem to get a talented core of players over the hump.
This year's Bengals seemed destined to snap their postseason skid. But then quarterback Andy Dalton, playing the best football of his career, suffered a fractured right thumb in Week 14 against Pittsburgh. Dalton has a woeful 57.8 passer rating in the playoffs but was a different, markedly better player during the 2015 regular season.
Had Dalton been healthy down the stretch and Cincinnati still lost in the first round of the playoffs, perhaps Lewis' future would be different.
Instead, the Bengals can apparently look forward to having their coach back, enjoying stability at a vital leadership spot, and gear up for another—perhaps longer—playoff push next season.