Report: Marvin Lewis to Leave the Bengals at the End of the 2017 Season

After 15 seasons in Cincinnati that have made him the longest-tenured head coach in franchise history, Marvin Lewis is planning to leave the Bengals after this season to pursue opportunities elsewhere, league sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

As he has done in the past, Lewis willingly opted to enter 2017 on the final year of his contract, but unlike other years, this time he is planning to leave Cincinnati, sources said.

With a flurry of head-coaching openings expected in the coming weeks and a shortage of obvious head-coaching candidates with experience, Lewis is likely to be on teams’ short lists of candidates, league sources said.

If a head-coaching job does not materialize, sources said Lewis would be interested in working in another team’s front office or as a coaching adviser for a former Bengals assistant coach who has gone on to become a head coach, such as Mike Zimmer, whose Minnesota Vikings host the Bengals on Sunday.

Not only is Lewis’ contract up, but so are those of most, if not all, of the Bengals’ assistant coaches. The Bengals have declined to give contract extensions to their assistant coaches, and some are unhappy with the way they have been treated financially, sources said.

Marvin Lewis Makes a Threat to Bengals Players Not Doing Their Part

The Bengals are going nowhere right now, having lost their first two games and having scored just nine points in those two games.

Coach Marvin Lewis is feeling the heat, and has come out and stated that those players that are not stepping up and doing their part are going to be sitting the bench or not even be on the team.

“This is not magic,” Lewis said of his speech to players,” Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote. “You have to do the work. Offense, defense and special teams all alike. Changing; I said we got Kenny out of here. Not Kenny. We did. And they gotta understand that. They’re part of that. And the next time, look around, there will be different guys sitting there. And they realize that, too.

“That’s the part of it that everybody has to understand. We have to do it together, collectively. We had a period where I felt like this was the time to do it, and we had an opportunity to make it right and move forward and get back in this race, get back in the division, get back in the AFC and do what we set out to do.”

The first position that is very much under fire is quarterback, where Andy Dalton has done little to garner confidence with the team, not having led the team to a touchdown yet in 2017.

Ravens at Bengals NFL Week One Inactives


Crockett Gillmore (TE)
Darren Waller (TE)
Kenneth Dixon (RB)
Tavon Young (CB)
Maurice Canady (CB)
Albert McClellan (LB)
Tim White (WR)
Brandon Boykin (CB)
Jaylen Hill (CB)


Jake Kumerow (WR)
C.J. Uzomah (TE)
Adam Jones (CB)
Shawn Williams (S)
Vontaze Burfict (LB)
Cedric Peerman (RB)
John Ross (WR)
Jeff Driskel (QB)
Tra Carson (RB)
Mason Schreck (TE)
Josh Malone (WR)

Bengals Make Wise Move; Ink Defensive Leader LB Vontaze Burfict to Three-Year Extension

The Bengals have inked one of their core defensive players a few days before their opener against the Ravens, as the team inked linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a 3-year $38.68m extension.

Cincinnati is young on defense, one of the reasons they are 50/1 to win the Super Bowl in February, this according to most sports books like

Back to Burfict, a big season from their defensive leader would mean a lot to this unit, which lost players this last offseason after a lackluster 2016.

As far as the extension, it will pay the linebacker $38.68 million and includes a $3.3 million signing bonus. Burfict also will receive an additional $7 million this season, Rapoport reported.

“Vontaze is still one of the young, emerging talents within the league,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “We have worked hard at training, developing and retaining talented players. It’s pleasing that Vontaze has made this commitment to be a part of the organization going forward. It was important to reach an extension before the start of the season and we look forward to having Vontaze back with the team in a few weeks.”

How big is it for the Bengals to have Burfict on the field? Figure that over the last two seasons, the Bengals are 10-10 (18.8 points per game allowed) with Burfict and 3-8 (19.9 PPG against) without him, per NFL Research.

The extension for the Bengals defensive leader is one of two the Bengals have been preparing for this season. The other is for tight end Tyler Eifert, a 2013 first-round pick who is in the final season of his rookie contract.

The 26-year-old was originally signed by the Bengals as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Arizona State in 2012. He was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2013 season after leading the NFL with 171 combined tackles.

While he’s had his share of issues when it comes to legal play according to the standards of the NFL, this is a very solid move for the Bengals, and one they needed to do in order to make sure they keep him around this defense for a long time to come.

Suspension for Bengals Llinebacker Vontaze Burfict Reduced to Three Games

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will NOT have to serve a five-game suspension after all, as today it was announced that his suspension has been reduced from five to three games.

The suspension stems from a hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman. The suspension was appealed and after hearing all the facts in the case the result was a slight reduction in the sit down.

Coach Marvin Lewis spoke out in support of the linebacker, as well as the team, who need the leadership of the vet on the field as much as they can.

“I was kind of surprised,” Burfict said of the suspension.

“Obviously with the play being within the rules I’m kind of surprised, but you’ve got to play with the cards you’re dealt. I let my teammates down, I let my coaches down.”

Bengals Deal Linebacker Marquis Flowers to Patriots

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The Bengals have made a deal with a fellow AFC club today, trading with the New England Patriots for linebacker Marquis Flowers. The Pats give up a seventh round pick for Flowers.

Flowers hasn’t done much on defense but is a solid special teams player, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick tends to like low-cost players who can help on special teams. Flowers is due a $690,000 salary on the final year of his rookie contract.

Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah Diagnosed with Ankle Sprain


The Bengals avoided yet another worst-case scenario regarding a non-contact injury in training camp with tight end C.J. Uzomah.

Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer learned that the third-year tight end suffered a severely sprained left ankle during practice on Monday.

Early in camp, starting safety George Iloka went to the ground in a non-contact situation and grabbed his knee, but it was found he suffered no structural damage and is on track to return by the season opener on Sept. 10.

Uzomah, a fifth-round pick out of Auburn in 2015, played in 10 games (eight starts) last season, catching 25 passes on 38 targets for 234 yards and a touchdown.

He played in five games and had one catch as a rookie.

Bengals Safety George Iloka Suffers Non-Contact Injury in Camp

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A cart was sent onto the field Sunday after Bengals free safety George Iloka suffered a non-contact right knee injury according to Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Iloka reportedly “crawled” his way off the practice field and eventually walked to the cart. The 27-year-old was never formally carted off and watched the remainder of the practice from the sidelines. All indications thus far are that Iloka did not suffer a serious injury.

A fifth-round pick by the Bengals out of Boise State in 2012, Iloka has spent his entire five-year NFL career in Cincinnati. He matched his career high with three interceptions in 2016 while suiting up for all 16 games.