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Marvin Lewis

Marvin Lewis
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Cincinnati Bengals
Record 107–90–2 (.543)
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-09-23) September 23, 1958
Place of birth McDonald, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Idaho State
Career highlights
Awards Head coach
AP Coach of the Year (2009)
AFC North Champion (2005, 2009, 2013)
Super Bowl Champion (XXXV)
Head coaching record
Regular season 107–90–2 (.543)
Postseason 0–6 (.000)
Career record 107–96–2 (.527)
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a player
1977–1980 Idaho State University
Position(s) Linebacker
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1981–1984 Idaho State University
(linebackers coach)
1985–1986 Long Beach State
(linebackers coach)
1987–1989 University of New Mexico
(linebackers coach)
1990–1991 University of Pittsburgh
(linebackers coach)
1992–1995 Pittsburgh Steelers
(linebackers coach)
1996–2001 Baltimore Ravens
(defensive coordinator)
2002 Washington Redskins
(assistant head coach/defensive coordinator)
2003–present Cincinnati Bengals
(head coach)

Marvin Ronald Lewis (born September 23, 1958) is the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League, a position he has held since January 14, 2003, making him the 2nd longest tenured head coach in the NFL behind New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Previously, he was notable as the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, whose record-setting defense helped them win Super Bowl XXXV 34-7 over the New York Giants.

In 2005, under Lewis, the Bengals had their first winning season and won their first division title in fifteen years.

The Associated Press named Marvin Lewis its 2009 coach of the year following a 10-6 regular season and another AFC North division championship.[1] He is the first Bengals coach to win the award since team founder Paul Brown in 1970. He is the longest tenured coach in Bengals history and holds the franchise record for most wins, surpassing Sam Wyche on October 30, 2011. Lewis has guided the Bengals to four straight playoff appearances from 2011-2014, a first in franchise history. In the 2015 season, Lewis guided the Bengals to the first 7-0 start in franchise history.


  • Early life 1
  • Coaching career 2
    • College 2.1
    • National Football League 2.2
      • Assistant coach 2.2.1
      • Head coach 2.2.2
    • Head coaching record 2.3
    • Coaching tree 2.4
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Early life

Marvin Lewis was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of McDonald, Pennsylvania. He started playing football at the age of 9 and played safety and quarterback for his team at Fort Cherry High School.[2] He was on the wrestling team and played baseball in the summers as well.[3]

He initially decided to walk on as a football player at Purdue University, but subsequently got a scholarship to attend Idaho State University.[2] He primarily played linebacker and earned all-Big Sky Conference honors three consecutive years as a linebacker. In 2001, he was inducted into Idaho State University's Sports Hall of Fame.[4] He was named Idaho State Alumni of the Year for 2012.[3] Lewis received both his bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's degree in athletic administration from Idaho State.[2]

Coaching career


Lewis began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Idaho State before becoming the team's linebackers coach for four seasons (1981–1984). Idaho State won the NCAA Division I-AA Championship during his first year with the team.

Lewis was an assistant coach at Long Beach State University (1985–1986), the University of New Mexico (1987–1989), and the University of Pittsburgh (1990–1992).

National Football League

Assistant coach

Lewis had coaching internships with the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers before being hired as the linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992. He was on the Steelers' Super Bowl XXX team which lost to the Dallas Cowboys.

The newly relocated Baltimore Ravens (formerly the Cleveland Browns), hired Lewis as their defensive coordinator in 1996, a position that he held for six seasons (1996–2001). In 2000, the Ravens defeated the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV thanks largely to a defense that allowed the fewest rushing yards (970) and the fewest points (165) in a 16-game regular season. "If ever a man proved his worth as a future head coach, Marvin Lewis did it with this complete domination of the Giants in their 16 possessions: Punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, interception, punt, interception, interception, punt, interception, punt, punt, punt, end of game", wrote Sports Illustrated writer Michael Silver after the game.[5]

Lewis was a prime candidate for several NFL head coaching jobs, but was passed over each time. Most notably, he nearly became head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. General manager Rich McKay was ready to formally offer the job to Lewis, and the Ravens actually held a going-away party for him. However, the team's owners, the Glazer family, were unwilling to give the job to another defense-minded coach after firing Tony Dungy.[6] Shortly afterward, Lewis was hired by the Washington Redskins as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Steve Spurrier.

Head coach

Lewis became the ninth coach in Cincinnati Bengals history on January 14, 2003, when he was hired to replace Dick LeBeau, who was fired after the worst season in franchise history, edging out Tom Coughlin (now head coach of the New York Giants) and Mike Mularkey (former head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars).[7] Lewis also had interviews with the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Cleveland Browns. Lewis also declined head coaching positions in the college ranks with the University of California, Berkeley and Michigan State University to continue pursuing his goal of becoming a head coach in the NFL.[8]

A contending team in the mid-late 1970s through the 1980s, the Cincinnati Bengals had fallen on hard times in the 1990s and had had several head coaches. After consecutive 8-8 seasons, Lewis shaped the Bengals into contenders with a nucleus of young players such as quarterback Carson Palmer, running back Rudi Johnson, and receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, defensive backs Tory James and Deltha O'Neal. In 2005, the Bengals recorded an 11-5 record and made the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, losing in the first round to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers

The Bengals dropped to 8-8 the following year, a disappointing season in which they started out 8-5 and then lost their last three games of the season, any one of which could have gotten them into the playoffs with a win. Then they recorded two consecutive losing seasons, including a 4-11-1 record in 2008, the worst of Lewis' career. But in 2009, Cincinnati recorded their second winning season under Lewis' tenure. This included wins in all six games against their AFC North opponents, marking the first time in franchise history they accomplished this feat. The Bengals finished the season 10-6, winning the AFC north title and earning only their second trip to the playoffs in 19 years. On January 9, 2010 The Bengals were defeated by the New York Jets 24-14 in the opening round of the playoffs. On January 16, 2010 Lewis was named the Associated Press 2009 NFL coach of the year, after the Bengals improved from a 4-11-1 record in 2008 to a 10-6 regular season record in 2009.

The Bengals slipped to a 4-12 record in 2010, the worst since Lewis took over as coach. On January 4, 2011, Lewis signed an extension with the Bengals.[9] The off-season leading up to 2011 was a difficult time for the Bengals. The team lost three of their most productive players from the 2010, receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco along with defensive back Johnathan Joseph, while quarterback Carson Palmer, the team's starter since 2004, refused to play for the Bengals moving forward (he was traded midway through the season).

However, with the aid of strong play from their first and second round draft picks, receiver A. J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals still managed to record their third winning season under Lewis. Midway through 2011, Lewis won his 65th game with the Bengals, surpassing Sam Wyche as the winningest coach in Bengals history. By the halfway mark, the Bengals' record was 6-2, including a five-game winning streak. It was the first time the Bengals had won five consecutive games since 1988, when the team advanced to the Super Bowl with Wyche as their coach. They finished the season 9-7 and made the playoffs as the #6 seed.

On July 31, 2012, the Bengals gave Lewis a 2-year contract extension through 2014. Cincinnati started out the 2012 with a 44-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the most lopsided opening day defeat in franchise history. But the team recovered and went on to win their next three games. After defeating the Steelers in week 16, the Bengals clinched 6-seed in the AFC and eliminated the Steelers from playoff contention. This marked the first time the Bengals made the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1982, ending the longest active streak of failure to make consecutive playoff appearances among all 32 NFL teams. Cincinnati finished the season with a 10-6 record, including a franchise record 51 quarterback sacks.[2].

In 2014, Lewis became the 37th coach in NFL history ever to record 100 regular season wins. On April 22, 2015 Lewis signed an extension with the Bengals through 2016.[10][11]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CIN 2003 8 8 0 .500 2nd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2004 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2005 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Wild Card Game.
CIN 2006 8 8 0 .500 2nd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2007 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2008 4 11 1 .281 3rd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2009 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to New York Jets in AFC Wild Card Game.
CIN 2010 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2011 9 7 0 .563 3rd in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Houston Texans in AFC Wild Card Game.
CIN 2012 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Houston Texans in AFC Wild Card Game.
CIN 2013 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to San Diego Chargers in AFC Wild Card Game.
CIN 2014 10 5 1 .656 2nd in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Indianapolis Colts in AFC Wild Card Game.
CIN 2015 7 0 0 1.000 1st in AFC North - - - -
Total[12] 107 90 2 .543 0 6 .000 -

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Marvin Lewis has served:

Assistant coaches under Marvin Lewis who have become NFL head coaches:


  1. ^ The Associated Press (January 16, 2010). "Lewis named Coach of the Year". CNN. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Inside Look at Marvin Lewis By Mark Curnutte The Cincinnati Enquirer Thursday, January 16, 2003
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ Sports Hall of Fame | Awards & Recognition | ISU Alumni Association | Idaho State University
  5. ^ Sports Illustrated's Super Bowl Archive
  6. ^ Harry, Chris. This is Ridiculous! Orlando Sentinel, 2002-02-09.
  7. ^ "Marvin Lewis will try to resurrect Bengals", URL retrieved 13 February 2007
  8. ^ "Bengals hire Lewis as new head coach", URL retrieved 13 February 2007
  9. ^
  10. ^ Orr, Connor (April 22, 2015). "Bengals sign Marvin Lewis to 1-year contract extension". Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ Denher Jr, Paul (April 22, 2015). "Bengals extend Marvin Lewis through 2016". Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ Marvin Lewis Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks -

External links

  • Cincinnati Bengals profile
  • Marvin Lewis Community Fund
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Baltimore Ravens Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Mike Nolan
Preceded by
Kurt Schottenheimer
Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
George Edwards
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