The Bengals have confirmed that head coach Marvin Lewis has agreed to a deal to remain with the Cincinnati Bengals for 2011.
The report came across on their twitter feed, and was verified by Adam Schefter and Jason LaCanfora of ESPN and NFL Network respectively.
Lewis becomes the longest tenured coach in team history, breaking the record 8-year run by former coaches Paul Brown and Sam Wyche.
A press conference was set for 4:30 PM to announce the move.
It’s unclear at this point how many concessions with regards to facilities, personnel, and philosophy Lewis was able to get from owner Mike Brown, but its believed he must have gotten some to agree to come back.
It will be interesting to see what he has to say, especially if he touches on any structural or philosophical changes he has in mind.
Players clearly wanted him back, and with the uncertainty of the expiring CBA causing a perception that continuity was needed, Lewis seemed to be Brown’s choice, despite compiling a 60-67 record, and an 0-2 mark in the playoffs.