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Bengals Monday: Marvin Lewis Staying Put

He confirmed today that he'll be returning next season for a 14th year as Bengals head coach.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis confirmed Monday during his annual postseason news conference that he'll be back for 2016.

Lewis, coming off his 13th season, suffered his seventh playoff loss in as many trips with the Bengals on Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Team president Mike Brown, about as old-school as an owner can get, values continuity. While the playoff losses are the headline, Lewis' team has transformed into an annual contender after wrapping up its fifth straight playoff appearance.

There was speculation that Lewis might be fired after the way the Bengals melted down and self-destructed under an egregious lack of discipline against the Steelers, but he's already signed a one-year contract extension running through 2016, re-signing in the fall.

An earlier report by ESPN's Adam Schefter said the Bengals have "no plans" to fire Lewis after "Lewis' team collapsed in stupefying fashion Saturday — dropping him to 0-7 in the playoffs, including 0-5 over the past five years."

Schefter said "it's hardly surprising he won't be going anywhere. Lewis has more job security than a Supreme Court justice. The fact that Andy Dalton was sidelined Saturday also can't be ignored."

2016 will be Lewis' 14th season in Cincinnati.


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