Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Bengals HC Marvin Lewis intends to return as the team’s head coach next year, despite a report that he was likely to retire after the season.
Former Redskins TE Chris Cooley and current radio host on ESPN’s 980 mentioned that Lewis was preparing to walk away next year and has already been packing up his office.
“From somebody I know in Cincinnati, Marvin Lewis will retire at the end of this year, slash, be asked to retire. Which is the only information I know,” Cooley said, via CincyJungle.com.
“The idea is that he’s (Marvin Lewis) been slowly packing up the office though,” Cooley claimed. “Slowly putting the pieces away so next Sunday, he can get home, have a little meeting and say see ya, I’m going to spend some time in Arizona and play some golf.”
Lewis, 58, was hired as the Bengals’ head coach back in 2003 and has spent 14 seasons with the team. The expectations were for the Bengals to continue their string of playoff appearances but they’ve already clinched a losing season for the first time since 2010.
In total, the Bengals are 117-103-3 (53.1 percent) under Lewis, which includes seven trips to the postseason but no playoff wins.
We’ll have more regarding Lewis’ future with the Bengals as the news is available.