Bengals announce contract extension for Lewis

Marvin Lewis, left, with Bengals owner Mike Brown, right (file image)
Marvin Lewis, left, with Bengals owner Mike Brown, right (file image)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Bengals have announced a contract extension for head coach Marvin Lewis.

The extension will run through the 2014 season.

Lewis, 53, has a 69-77-1 record as Bengals head coach and is entering his 10th season. He's the longest-tenured and winningest Bengals coach in history.

Lewis led the Bengals to a wild card playoff berth last season, surpassing expectations with a rookie quarterback in Andy Dalton and a rookie wide receiver in A.J. Green..

"Coming off a playoff finish last year, with a solid coaching staff and good young players, continuity at the top gives us our best chance to do well," said Bengals president Mike Brown. "We are excited about the team's prospects and happy to have completed this process with Marvin before the 2012 preseason schedule begins."

Lewis ranks third in the NFL in longest current tenure with one team, behind only Philadelphia's Andy Reid and New England's Bill Belichick. The Bengals are one of only 10 teams, less than a third of the NFL, to have reached the playoffs twice in the last three years. They also are in a minority of teams (15) to have qualified for postseason three times in the last seven years.

"The team we have for this year is as exciting and intriguing as any one I've had," Lewis said. "Our goal is to win the Super Bowl, nothing less, and it's great to have this extension in place. We have a lot of work to do in order to maximize the potential we have, and it's exciting to me to come work at it every day. (Wife) Peggy and I love living in Cincinnati, and we love the support our fans give us. Thanks to everyone who has helped make all this happen."

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