Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Bengals' Lewis planning exit after '17

Bengals' Lewis planning exit after '17

When he accepted the job on January 14, 2003, the Bengals were one of the NFL's laughingstock franchises, coming off the worst season in franchise history.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Bengals long-time head coach and the team plan to mutually part ways after the 2017 season, per sources informed of the situation.

After 15 seasons in Cincinnati, Marvin Lewis is planning to leave the Bengals after this season to pursue opportunities elsewhere, league sources tell ESPN.

Despite regular-season success, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has yet to win a postseason game. His seven playoff losses, each as disappointing as the next, made Lewis the only head coach in history to lose his first seven postseason games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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The Pennsylvania native had previously talked about how he realized jobs like this don't last forever.

With his experience, Lewis likely will be on National Football League teams' short lists of candidates after the season when multiple openings usually occur.

Lewis, 59, became the Bengals' coach in 2003, Heading into Sunday's game, he has a career coaching record of 123-111-3 in 15 seasons, plus an 0-7 record in the playoffs. He trails just Bill Belichick, who's been the New England Patriots head coach since 2000.

Of course, many felt that Lewis would not retain his job no matter what he decided. Lewis is reportedly interested in taking a front-office position if no coaching opportunities are presented to him. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. E.T.

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