Marvin Lewis

Marvin Ronald Lewis (born September 23, 1958) is a former American football coach and commentator, best known for his 16 seasons as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He came to prominence as the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens from 1996 to 2001, whose defense in 2000 set the record for the fewest points allowed in a 16-game season and helped the franchise win their first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants. This success led to Lewis being named the Bengals' head coach, where he served from 2003 to 2018. He is currently a commentator for the Alliance of American Football (AAF).

Lewis' head coaching tenure oversaw improved fortunes for the struggling Bengals and helped transform the team into postseason contenders. At the time of his hiring, the Bengals had not had a winning season or postseason appearance since 1990 and finished with a franchise worst 2–14 record. Within his third season, Lewis ended both droughts and led the Bengals to their first AFC North division title in fifteen years. Lewis would go on to guide the Bengals to seven playoff appearances and four division titles, along with a franchise best five consecutive postseason appearances from 2011 to 2015. He holds the record for most wins as a Bengals head coach at 131 and was named Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2009, the first Bengals coach since team founder Paul Brown in 1970 to receive the honor.[1]

While credited with returning the Bengals to respectability, Lewis' reputation was affected by a lack of postseason success and he was ultimately unable to lead the team to a playoff win. His 131 regular season victories, 16 years as a head coach, and seven postseason losses are the most of NFL head coaches without a playoff win.[2]

Marvin Lewis
Color photograph of man (Marvin Lewis) wearing black sport shirt, standing on football sideline and holding a capped Sharpie marker to his lips.
Lewis in 2013
Personal information
Born:September 23, 1958 (age 60)
McDonald, Pennsylvania
Career information
High school:McDonald (PA) Fort Cherry
College:Idaho State
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
As head coach
As assistant coach
As a player
Head coaching record
Regular season:131–122–3 (.518)
Postseason:0–7 (.000)
Career:131–129–3 (.504)
Coaching stats at PFR

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.[3] He was on the wrestling team and played baseball in the summers as well.[4]

He initially decided to walk on as a football player at Purdue University, but subsequently got a scholarship to attend Idaho State University.[3] 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.[5] He was named Idaho State Alumni of the Year for 2012.[4] Lewis received both his bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's degree in athletic administration from Idaho State.[3]

Coaching career

College

Lewis began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Idaho State before becoming the team's linebackers coach for four seasons (1981–1984).[6] 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).[7]

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 a member of the Steelers' staff when the team lost Super Bowl XXX 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). On January 28, 2001, 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.[8]

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.[9] Lewis was also a prime candidate for the Buffalo Bills coaching vacancy, but was passed over in favor of Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. 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 in terms of win percentage, edging out Tom Coughlin and Mike Mularkey.[10] 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.[11]

A contending team in the mid-late 1970s through the 1980s, the 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, as well as their first winning season and AFC North title since that time. However, the Bengals lost in the first round to the eventual Super Bowl XL champion Pittsburgh Steelers with Palmer suffering a knee injury after his first pass that forced him out of the game.[12]

The Bengals dropped to 8-8 in 2006, 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. 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.[13] 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 record of Lewis' Bengals coaching tenure and the first time that the team finished last in the AFC North with Lewis as their head coach.

On January 4, 2011, Lewis signed an extension with the Bengals.[14] 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, leading to him being 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, where the Bengals lost to the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round.

On July 31, 2012, the Bengals gave Lewis a 2-year contract extension through 2014. Cincinnati started out 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 again clinched the #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.[1]. However, the season again concluded with a loss in the Wild Card round handed to them by the Texans.

The 2013 season was one of the most successful in Marvin Lewis's career as head coach of the Bengals. Cincinnati finished with an 11-5 record and won their 3rd division title since 2002. They would eventually be handed an upset loss in the first round of the playoffs by the 9-7 San Diego Chargers, a team they had beaten earlier in the season 20-13. It was the third consecutive season that would end in a Wild Card round playoff loss for Cincinnati.

By 2014, Lewis acquired considerable authority over football operations. Owner Mike Brown is still reckoned as the team's de facto general manager and retains the final say on football matters, but ceded most authority over day-to-day personnel matters to Lewis.[15]

In 2014, Lewis became the 37th coach in NFL history ever to record 100 regular season wins. The Bengals would continue their playoff streak in the 2014 season, posting a 10-5-1 record. They held the 5th seed in the AFC playoffs and drew the 11-5 Indianapolis Colts as their first-round opponent. In week 7, the Bengals had been shut out 27-0 in Indy. They would lose again 26-13, despite having 13-10 lead at halftime. With the Bengals' defeat, Lewis tied Jim E. Mora for the most postseason losses as a head coach without a win. There was some speculation that Lewis's head coaching job was on thin ice after a fourth consecutive first-round playoff exit, but nothing came of those rumors. On April 22, 2015, Lewis signed an extension with the Bengals through 2016.[16][17]

Cincinnati started out the 2015 season with an 8-0 record, the best start in franchise history. The team finished the year 12-4, the best record of Lewis' head coaching tenure and marking only the third time the Bengals had ever recorded 12 wins. However, the team was once again eliminated in a first-round, Wild Card game for a fifth straight year, this time against divisional rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Up 16-15 near the end of the fourth quarter, Lewis faced criticism for not keeping his players under control after penalties drawn by Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones moved the Steelers into field goal range and allowed them to make a game-winning kick with eighteen seconds remaining.[18] The defeat made Lewis the first NFL coach to lose seven postseason games without any wins and the Bengals the first NFL team to lose five straight playoff games in the opening round.

The 2016 and 2017 seasons marked a noted decline for the Bengals, who finished 6-9-1 in the former and 7-9 in the latter to fail to qualify the postseason for two consecutive seasons. The seasons marked Lewis' first losing records with the team since 2010 and first consecutive losing years since 2008, as well as the first losing seasons and missed playoff appearances after the acquisition of Andy Dalton.

The losing seasons, combined with Lewis' winless playoff record and previous five consecutive first-round eliminations led to speculation towards his future in Cincinnati and the potential end of his coaching tenure. This speculation was fueled by a report during the 2017 season that said Lewis was planning to leave the Bengals after his contract expires at the end of the season to pursue other opportunities.[19] Following the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, the report was disproved when Lewis signed a two-year contract extension.[20] The extension was met with harsh criticism from the media and Bengals fans due to his 0–7 playoff record and only winning 13 out of 32 games in the previous two seasons.[21][22]

Despite the criticism towards Lewis' return, the Bengals had a strong start in 2018, leading the AFC North with a 4-1 record by Week 5 and holding a 5-3 record before their bye week. After the bye, the team suffered a collapse and lost five consecutive games. During the losing streak, Lewis assumed control of the defense after defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was fired. Afflicted by season-ending injuries to several players and a struggling defense that ranked last in yards allowed, the Bengals finished the year with a 6-10 record to place at the bottom of their division. The season marked the first time since 2008 that the team failed to qualify for the playoffs in three consecutive years and the first time that Lewis had three consecutive seasons with sub-.500 records.

With a year left on his contract, Lewis and the Bengals announced that they had mutually parted ways following the conclusion of the 2018 season on December 31.[23] Lewis finished as the Bengals' leader in wins as a coach with 131, which ranks 24th in regular season wins among NFL head coaches and 29th in all-time wins.

Head coaching record

Team Regular season Postseason
Year 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 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Wild Card Game.
CIN 2016 6 9 1 .406 3rd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2017 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2018 6 10 0 .375 4th in AFC North - - - -
Total[24] 131 122 3 .518 0 7 .000 -

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Marvin Lewis has served:

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

Broadcasting career

After his departure from the Bengals, Lewis was hired as a game and studio analyst for Turner Sports's coverage of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).[25]

Personal life

Lewis is married with a daughter and a son.[26] His son Marcus, is the Bengals Defensive Quality Control coach.[27]

References

  1. ^ The Associated Press (January 16, 2010). "Lewis named Coach of the Year". CNN. Archived from the original on January 19, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  2. ^ "Marvin Lewis by the numbers: Good, bad and ugly". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Inside Look at Marvin Lewis". bengals.enquirer.com.
  4. ^ a b modonnell@journalnet.com, Michael H. O’Donnell. "Bengals for life: NFL coach Marvin Lewis credits ISU for his success".
  5. ^ Sports Hall of Fame | Awards & Recognition | ISU Alumni Association | Idaho State University Archived April 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Marvin Lewis: 'Once a Bengal, always a (Idaho State University) Bengal'". headlines.isu.edu. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Marvin Lewis Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Sports Illustrated's Super Bowl Archive SI.com
  9. ^ Harry, Chris. This is Ridiculous! Orlando Sentinel, February 9, 2002.
  10. ^ "Marvin Lewis will try to resurrect Bengals", URL retrieved February 13, 2007
  11. ^ "Bengals hire Lewis as new head coach", URL retrieved February 13, 2007
  12. ^ "Cincinnati's Palmer Tears ACL in Left Knee". Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Oh-so-inoffensive Cleveland Browns submit meekly, 16-7, as Cincinnati Bengals complete AFC North sweep". cleveland.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Lewis returns for record-breaking ninth season".
  15. ^ Wesseling, Chris. Mike Brown ceding Bengals control to Marvin Lewis. NFL Network, July 27, 2014.
  16. ^ Orr, Connor (April 22, 2015). "Bengals sign Marvin Lewis to 1-year contract extension". NFL.com. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  17. ^ Denher Jr, Paul (April 22, 2015). "Bengals extend Marvin Lewis through 2016". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  18. ^ Costello, Brian (January 10, 2016). "Will Vontaze Burfict's Bengals fit get Marvin Lewis fired?". New York Post. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  19. ^ "Bengals coach Marvin Lewis plans to leave team, explore other opportunities". ESPN.com.
  20. ^ "Marvin Lewis stays with Bengals on two-year contract". nfl.com. January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  21. ^ "Social media reactions to Marvin Lewis' return to Bengals". Cincinnati.com.
  22. ^ "Stephen A. Smith: 'Damn shame' Marvin hadn't been fired". Cincinnati.com.
  23. ^ Terrell, Katherine (December 31, 2018). "Marvin Lewis out as coach of Bengals after long run". ESPN. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  24. ^ "Marvin Lewis Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  25. ^ "Marvin Lewis, Terrell Davis and Andrew Siciliano among new names revealed for AAF broadcasts". Awful Announcing. 2019-02-02. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  26. ^ "Marvin Lewis coach profile". Bengals.com.
  27. ^ "Marcus Lewis coach profile". Bengals.com.

External links

2002 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2002 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 35th year in professional football and its 33rd with the National Football League. With a record of 2–14, however, they were the worst team in football in 2002. The Bengals struggles continued as they lost their first seven contests losing by average of 19 points in each game. The Bengals would finally garner their first victory Week 8 by soundly defeating the expansion Houston Texans on the road 38–3. The winning would not last long, however, as the Bengals lost their next six games to fall to 1–13.

In their final game at home, the Bengals would stun the New Orleans Saints 20–13 to earn their second win on the season, but there would be no saving the Bengals from setting a new franchise record for losses as they finished the season with a 27–9 loss to the Buffalo Bills on the road to finish with a league worst 2–14 record. This resulted in the Bengals owner Mike Brown firing head coach Dick LeBeau and replacing him with Washington's defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis.

By being the worst team in 2002, they earned the first pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, which they would use to draft Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Carson Palmer out of USC, and releasing embattled quarterback Akili Smith.

2003 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2003 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 36th year in professional football and its 34th with the National Football League. The Bengals hired first year head coach Marvin Lewis, replacing Dick LeBeau, who was fired following the 2002 season after the worst season in Bengals history. The Bengals had the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft with which they selected 2002 Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer. After a slow start, the Bengals got hot winning at midseason, winning four straight games to stand at 7–5, entering a key Week 14 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens with a chance to win the division. However in the key showdown for first place the Bengals showed they were not quite ready for primetime as they were beaten 31–13. The Bengals would rebound to win their next game against the San Francisco 49ers, but at 8–6 the Bengals could not get that ninth win, losing their last two games to spoil an effort to earn their first winning season in 13 years, finishing at 8–8.Along with Willie Anderson, Chad Johnson, for the first time in his career, was named to the Pro Bowl at the end of the season.

2011 Senior Bowl

The 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl was an all-star college football exhibition game featuring players from the 2010 college football season, and prospects for the 2011 Draft of the professional National Football League (NFL). Final score was South Team 24 to North Team 10.

The game was played on January 29, 2011, at 3 pm CST (4 p.m. Eastern time) at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, between "North" and "South" teams. The coaching staff of the Cincinnati Bengals, led by head coach Marvin Lewis, coached the North team. The coaching staff of the Buffalo Bills, led by head coach Chan Gailey, coached the South team.

For the South team, quarterback Christian Ponder, formerly with Florida State, threw 132 yards and two touchdowns and was named the Most Valuable Player. Leonard Hankerson, former Miami Hurricanes wide receiver, had five catches for 100 yards and one touchdown. He was named the Under Armour Offensive Player of the Game.

Coverage of the event was in high-definition on the NFL Network.

2014 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2014 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise's 45th season in the National Football League, the 47th overall and the twelfth under head coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals qualified for the playoffs for the 4th consecutive season, but lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the first round, extending their playoff losing streak to 7 games, 3rd longest losing streak (in terms of games played) in NFL history behind the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs who both have 8.

2018 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2018 season was the Cincinnati Bengals' 49th season in the National Football League, their 51st overall and their 16th and final under head coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals failed to improve upon their 2017 campaign as they collapsed to a 6–10 finish (after a 4–1 start) to finish in 4th place in the AFC North. This marks the 3rd consecutive season the Bengals have failed to make the playoffs.

Longtime coach Marvin Lewis was dismissed following this season after 16 seasons, and despite leading them to 4 division titles, and 7 winning seasons/playoff appearances, Lewis was unable to lead the Bengals to a playoff win. His 131 regular season victories, 16 years as coach, and seven postseason losses will likely be the most of any NFL head coach without a playoff win.

Alliance of American Football

The Alliance of American Football (AAF) is a professional American football league, founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian. It began play on February 9, 2019, six days after the National Football League's (NFL) Super Bowl LIII championship game. The AAF consists of eight centrally owned and operated teams. All teams except Salt Lake and Memphis are located in cities on or south of the 35th parallel and all teams except Birmingham are located in metropolitan areas that have at least one major professional sports franchise. Of the eight teams in the league, all but Arizona and Atlanta are located in markets lacking an NFL team.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional American football franchise based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) North division. Their home stadium is Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati. Their divisional opponents are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and the Baltimore Ravens.

The Bengals were founded in 1966 as a member of the American Football League (AFL) by former Cleveland Browns head coach Paul Brown. Brown was the Bengals' head coach from their inception to 1975. After being dismissed as the Browns' head coach by Art Modell (who had purchased majority interest in the team in 1961) in January 1963, Brown had shown interest in establishing another NFL franchise in Ohio and looked at both Cincinnati and Columbus. He ultimately chose the former when a deal between the city, Hamilton County, and Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds (who were seeking a replacement for the obsolete Crosley Field) was struck that resulted in an agreement to build a multipurpose stadium which could host both baseball and football games.

Due to the impending merger of the AFL and the NFL, which was scheduled to take full effect in the 1970 season, Brown agreed to join the AFL as its tenth and final franchise. The Bengals, like the other former AFL teams, were assigned to the AFC following the merger. Cincinnati was also selected because, like their neighbors the Reds, they could draw from several large neighboring cities (Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Columbus, Dayton, and Springfield, Ohio) that are all no more than 110 miles (180 km) away from downtown Cincinnati.

The Bengals won the AFC championship in 1981 and 1988, but lost Super Bowls XVI and XXIII to the San Francisco 49ers. After Paul Brown's death in 1991, controlling interest in the team was inherited by his son, Mike Brown. In 2011, Brown purchased shares of the team owned by the estate of co-founder Austin Knowlton and is now the majority owner of the Bengals franchise.The 1990s and the 2000s were a period of great struggle. Following the 1990 season, the team went 14 years without posting a winning record nor making the playoffs. The Bengals had several head coaches and several of their top draft picks did not pan out. Mike Brown, the team's de facto general manager, was rated as among the worst team owners in American professional sports.

Since the mid-2000s, the team's fortunes have improved. Two years after becoming head coach, Marvin Lewis guided the Bengals to their first winning season and first division title in over a decade. After the acquisition of Andy Dalton as quarterback in 2011, the Bengals had made the playoffs each season until 2016, ranking highly among NFL teams in win totals. The Bengals drafts are also highly touted, leading to a consistency that had long escaped the franchise. However, the team has remained unable to win in the postseason and have not won a playoff game since 1990, which is the longest such drought in the NFL.

The Bengals are one of the 12 NFL teams to not have won a Super Bowl as of the 2017 season; however, they are also one of 8 NFL teams that have been to at least one Super Bowl, but have not won the game.

Jacob Burney

Jacob Burney (born January 24, 1959 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is an American football coach who is the defensive line coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

He was a four-year starter at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga but went undrafted. He had tryouts with the Detroit Lions but was not signed to their roster.

He coached in the college ranks for 11 years for the University of New Mexico, University of Tulsa, Mississippi State University, University of Wisconsin, UCLA, and University of Tennessee.

In 1994, he joined the Cleveland Browns to become their defensive line coach; he stayed there until 1998. In 1999, he joined the Carolina Panthers to be their defensive line coach and coached there until 2001. In 2002, he was hired for the same position by the Denver Broncos. Burney worked as defensive line coach for the Washington Redskins from 2010-14. The 2013 Redskins defensive line helped the team rank fourth in third-down conversion percentage (34.0) and tied for second in negative rushing plays by opponents (72). In 2014, his defensive line helped the Redskins rank 12th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and the defense posted 36 sacks.Burney was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2016 to coach defensive line, rejoining Marvin Lewis from their Baltimore Ravens days, and replacing Jay Hayes who departed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jordan Evans (American football)

Jordan Evans (born January 27, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma.

Leon Hall

Leon Lastarza Lafayette Lorenzo Hall (born December 9, 1984) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of Michigan, and earned consensus All-American honors. Hall was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft and has also played for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.

List of Cincinnati Bengals head coaches

This is a complete list of Cincinnati Bengals head coaches. There have been nine head coaches for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). The Bengals are a professional American football team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are a member of the North Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). The Bengals franchise was founded in 1968 as a member of the Western Division of the American Football League (AFL), before merging with the NFL in 1970.The most recent head coach was Marvin Lewis, who was hired on January 14, 2003 (following Dick LeBeau after he was fired on December 30, 2002), and departed on December 31, 2018. Two coaches have won a conference championship with the team: Forrest Gregg in 1981, and Sam Wyche in 1988. Lewis is the team's winningest coach and all time leader in games coached, while Gregg leads all coaches in winning percentage with .561 (with at least one full season coached). Dick LeBeau is statistically the worst coach the Bengals had in terms of winning percentage, with .267. Of the nine Bengals head coaches, three have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Paul Brown, Forrest Gregg, and Dick LeBeau (although only Brown was inducted as a coach, the other two were inducted as players). Two former players have been head coach for the Bengals, including Sam Wyche and Bruce Coslet.

Marvin Jones (wide receiver)

Marvin Lewis Jones Jr. (born March 12, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at California.

Marvin L. Kline

Marvin Lewis Kline (August 9, 1903 – April 9, 1974) was an architectural engineer and Republican politician who served as the 34th mayor of Minneapolis.

Odell Thurman

Odell Lamar Thurman (born July 9, 1983) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia.

Sam Wyche

Samuel David Wyche (born January 5, 1945) is a former American football player and current coach at Pickens High School in South Carolina. Wyche is a former player and former head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals and quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Perhaps best known for introducing the use of the No-huddle offense as a standard offense (as opposed to use at the end of the half), Wyche's greatest achievement as a head coach was leading the Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII, which they lost to the 49ers 20–16, relinquishing the lead with only 34 seconds remaining.

Wyche's 64 wins with the Bengals were the most by a coach in franchise history until October 30, 2011, when he was surpassed by Marvin Lewis.

Wyche also played for the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, and St. Louis Cardinals. He also coached at the University of South Carolina and Indiana University, and for the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Buffalo Bills.

Senior Bowl

The Senior Bowl is a post-season college football all-star game played each January in Mobile, Alabama, which showcases the best NFL Draft prospects of those players who have completed their college eligibility. First played in 1950 in Jacksonville, Florida, the game moved to Mobile's Ladd–Peebles Stadium the next year. Produced by the non-profit Mobile Arts & Sports Association, the game is also a charitable fund-raiser benefiting various local and regional organizations with over US$5.9 million in donations over its history.

In 2007, telecast of the game moved from ESPN to NFL Network. In 2013, Reese's took over sponsorship, starting with the 2014 game. In January 2018, Reese's announced that they were extending their sponsorship of the game; a specific duration was not given.

Tory James

Tory Steven James (born May 18, 1973) is a former American football cornerback who played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL).James attended Archbishop Shaw High School before going to college at Louisiana State University, and was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. His career was endangered by a serious knee injury suffered in the first preseason game of the 1997 season. James tore the patellar tendon in his right knee and missed the entire season. The Broncos were the NFL champions of the 1998 season after winning Super Bowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons.

In the 1999 season, after he accumulated 33 tackles and five interceptions, the Broncos made no effort to re-sign James. He then signed with the Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, signing a five-year, $18 million contract. However, after the 2002 season, the Raiders (after eight interceptions in three years) left James unprotected again, and he signed a four-year, $14 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

On January 6, 2001, during the Raiders' divisional playoff game against the Miami Dolphins, James made a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown, and the Raiders beat the Dolphins 27-0 in Oakland.2004 proved to be James' best professional season, as he intercepted eight passes, notched 56 tackles, and forced two fumbles. He was voted onto the AFC Pro Bowl squad.

On February 9, 2007 Bengals coach Marvin Lewis indicated that James will not be resigned. He was signed by the New England Patriots on April 17, 2007. James was cut by the Patriots on September 9, 2007.

Vontaze Burfict

Vontaze DeLeon Burfict Jr. ( VON-tez BUR-fikt; born September 24, 1990) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Arizona State. Considered the most highly ranked football prospect Arizona State ever signed to a letter of intent, Burfict was recognized as an All-American in 2010 and projected an early first round pick for the 2012 NFL Draft. However, a mediocre on-field performance and poor pre-draft workouts deteriorated his draft stock and he ultimately went unselected. He was subsequently signed by the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2012.Burfict had a productive rookie season, starting 14 games and leading the team in tackles and later earned Pro Bowl honors in 2013. Despite his production, Burfict has incited controversy throughout his career for his involvement in multiple incidents and has accumulated $4,150,000 in fines and forfeited salary.

Weber (journal)

Weber—The Contemporary West (formerly Weber Studies) is a leading American literary magazine, founded in 1984 and based at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. It focuses on the literature and culture of the American West. Work that has been published in Weber Studies has received commendation by the O. Henry Prize.The journal awards the O. Marvin Lewis Essay Award, Sherwin W. Howard Poetry Award and Neila C. Seshachari Fiction Award. The journal has featured interviews with notable writer including Barry Lopez, Carlos Fuentes, E. L. Doctorow and Robert Pinsky.

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