CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Marvin Lewis signed a deal this week that would keep him at the helm of the Cincinnati Bengals for the next two seasons.
Lewis, hired as the team's head coach in 2003, said a lot of people depend on him.
"I'm not going to leave them hanging," he said. "I'll work my tail off for them and the city of Cincinnati to win a championship. The fans deserve that. Stay the course. Hang in there. We've got to go to work. That's the only way to do it. There are no trick words. We'll add better players. We'll coach our players and grow them better and demonstrate better on the field. I'm excited to have that opportunity."
Lewis said there's no doubt in his mind that Bengals President Mike Brown's goal is to be world champions.
"We spent the last two days, three or four times during those days, talking about how we need to get better and why," Lewis said. "It's the only thing that man thinks about is having a championship organization."
Lewis said he didn't go into recent meetings with Brown trying to win anything.
"This is a partnership," he said. "I wanted to do the job, and they wanted to know I'd get the job done."
The signing comes after weeks of rumors and ambiguous comments from Lewis about his future with the team.
Lewis, 59, has coached the Cincinnati Bengals for 15 seasons and is the winningest coach in the franchise's history.
Lewis joined the franchise on the heels of the worst season in Bengals history. The team had just come off a 2-14 record in 2002 under Dick LeBeau. Lewis turned things around and by 2005, the Bengals secured their first winning season and the first division title in more than 10 years.
In 2009, the Associated Press named Lewis coach of the year.
Cincinnati has made seven playoff trips with Lewis, but they never won a single game. Lewis holds the record for most postseason losses of any coach in the history of the NFL. It's that playoff record that has put Lewis in the hot seat.