Schefter: Bengals HC Marvin Lewis To Step Down At End Of Year

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Know it’s a big Steelers’ day but have to toss out this piece of important AFC North news. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier Sunday morning Cincinnati Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis will step down at the end of the year to “pursue opportunities elsewhere.”

Since becoming the Bengals head coach in 2003, Cincinnati is 123-111-3 under him. Despite making the playoffs seven times, they have never won a game. And with them out of playoff contention this year, that streak will never be broken.

Lewis, a Pittsburgh native, served as the Steelers’ linebackers coach from 1992-1995.

It’s unclear what “other opportunities” means or if that’s a cover to avoid the realization owner Mike Brown was finally going to fire him. While the Bengals have been able to be competitive, they’ve never gotten over the hump, and have notoriously been considered undisciplined teams who lose as many games as they win.

Other reports indicated the Bengals were hoping to target former offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as Lewis’ replacement. But the Cleveland Browns are adamant about keeping Jackson, making it unclear who will fill Lewis’ role.

Against the Steelers in his career, Lewis is 8-22 in the regular season. Since 2010, the Bengals have only won three matchups and none over the past two seasons.

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  • treeher

    I predicted this weeks ago,

  • Jason

    He’s stepping down in the same way Arians “retired”.

  • Bonnie Powell

    Good- hopefully the new coach will get the thugs under control.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Deuces. ✌️

  • StolenUpVotes

    knowing the incompetence that is Mike Brown……probably not lol

  • Ichabod

    Noooooooo!
    Now they may get an intelligent coach that can reign in the idiots and use the talent they have. Maybe no more collapses at the end of games to help their opposition win.

  • Rocksolid20

    He has been a regular Steeler whipping boy .

  • Orlysteel

    Mike Brown is ok with the thugs, the drafting of Mixon is his lasted acquisition.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Called this like 6 weeks ago.

    It was inevitable.

  • WB Tarleton

    You cannot reign in idiots. You have to get rid of them. They will have a couple of bumpy years.

  • WB Tarleton

    Alex, there is a story up over at CBS Sports right now that the new GM may be looking to dump Hue after the season. Haslam has also given such assurances of job security before, only to go back on it.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I like Marvin Lewis and think he is a good coach but sometimes wanting to help those who are beyond help can be a downfall and did not help Lewis. I wish him well in his new endeavors.

  • Nathanael Dory

    About time

  • Kevin artis

    Do we dare to add him to our staff? Butler might be on the hot seat after today’s game.

  • BigBodyBeer

    Dang, now they might be good.

  • Ni mo

    Can we get him as DC

  • Ni mo

    He’s a better DC

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Agreed.

  • DoctorNoah

    About time. He lost control of his players, what, 3 seasons ago? Doesn’t matter who comes in next, there will be some missteps and backsliding during the transition.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He is a slightly above average HC and a good to very good DC.

  • Ni mo

    He was the linebackers coach of the blitzburgh defense , along with LeBeau and capers

  • #7

    Why now? Why not 6 years ago?

  • Applebite

    It was long overdue.

  • Jaybird

    You ready for some football #7 !!! Ben is going to have another killer day today. He usually has them in bunches.

  • Jaybird

    It starts at the top though Bonnie. Owner/ front office has to start a new culture over there.

  • #7

    Way to go out on a limb there

  • #7

    Damn right I am. Not sure I’m gonna spend it here though. The toxicity of the game thread is going to be at unprecedented levels.

  • Roger Wesley

    i agree a wade phillips type great d cord but not a good coach

  • Jaybird

    Agreed. I’m going to give my undivided attention to the TV for today’s game. We can gloat on the Wnner/Losers list tonight after a big win.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    darn i was hoping he would keep the mediocre forever.
    theyre also firing most of the assistant coaches and going to lose about 8 players in free agency.

    also they are getting murdered by the vikings.

    all around good day.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i’m calling for bud to get blown out on at least 7 plays, burns to miss about 5 tackles and for gronk to be left uncovered. thats about all the negativity i can muster today.

  • Frank Martin

    But where are all the messed up players with no class going to go now?