- Marvin Lewis was named the ninth head coach in Bengals history on January 14th 2003, becoming the eighth African-American named as an NFL head coach. In recognition of the 8-8 Bengals being the NFL’s most improved team in 2003, Lewis finished second behind Bill Belichick of Super Bowl champion New England in Associated Press voting for NFL Coach of the Year.
- Lewis had his first NFL assignment from 1992-95, as linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. At Pittsburgh, he guided the careers of Pro Bowl selections Kevin Greene, Chad Brown, Levon Kirkland and Greg Lloyd. The Steelers opportunity came for Lewis after 11 years in college coaching.
- In the 2000 regular season, Lewis’s Baltimore defense set the NFL record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game campaign (165), clipping 22 points off the previous mark. The 2000 Ravens are always an entry in discussions regarding the best NFL defenses of all time.
- In 2002, the season before he joined the Bengals, Lewis led the Washington Redskins to a No. 5 NFL defensive ranking, serving as assistant head coach as well as defensive coordinator. He went to the Redskins after six seasons as defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens, a tenure that included a Super Bowl victory in the 2000 season.
- He just finished his twelfth season as the Cincinnati Bengals head coach. He has broken the record of the longest tenured coach in Bengals history surpassing Paul Brown and Sam Wyche and has taken the team to the playoffs five out of the last six years, also a franchise record.
Here are some other highlights of Marvin’s tenure with the Bengals:
- Lewis’ record to date is 100-89-2 in the regular season, 0-6 in postseason.
- He now holds the record for most wins by any coach in Bengals history, surpassing Paul Brown’s record in ’09 and Sam Wyche’s record in ’11.
- The team record for 2014 was 10-5-1 including a trip to the playoffs. Lewis now ranks second in the NFL in longest current tenure with one team, behind only Bill Belichick of New England.
- Coach Lewis has lead the Bengals to the playoffs in four straight seasons, one of only four NFL teams to do so in the same time span.
- In the 2009 campaign, Coach Lewis was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year as well as the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America Coach of the Year. The only other Cincinnati Bengals coach honored with this title is the legendary Paul Brown. The 2009 season was also the first time in Bengals history that the team swept the AFC North Division. He was awarded the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy in recognition of the impact of his work and the example it sets for all of professional sports.
- Lewis’s Bengals log includes AFC North Division championships in 2005, 2009, and 2013. He coached his first five years (2003-07) without experiencing a losing season; the club’s longest such streak since a six-year span from 1972-77. But the Bengals rebounded in 2009 while breaking the HBO series “Hard Knocks” curse of featured teams posting losing seasons.
- In January 2014, Marvin named Paul Guenther to be Defensive Coordinator as Mike Zimmer left Cincinnati to go the Minnesota Vikings as head coach, and replaced Jay Gruden with Hue Jackson as Offensive Coordinator when Gruden took the head coaching position at the Washington Redskins.
In addition to bringing the Bengals more confidence and unity, Lewis has reached out to strengthen the franchise ties to the community, making hundreds of personal appearances during his tenure, while also encouraging players to become engaged.