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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Bengals pleased with Lewis, add another year to contract

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posted on Feb, 14 2005 @ 04:33 PM
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals added another year to coach Marvin Lewis' contract on Monday, extending his deal through the 2008 season.

The Bengals also announced that the rest of the coaching staff would return for next season. Chuck Bresnahan replaced Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator last month, the only change following another 8-8 season.

Lewis has guided the Bengals to 8-8 in each of his first two seasons trying to revive the NFL's most forlorn franchise. The Bengals haven't had a winning record since 1990, the longest ongoing streak of futility in the league and one of the longest in NFL history.

Lewis signed a four-year deal to come to Cincinnati, where he got more authority than his predecessors. After he led the team to an 8-8 finish in his first season, the club gave him a new four-year deal that pays him more than $2 million per season.

"Marvin has done an excellent job," owner Mike Brown said Monday. "He has established himself with the Bengals and the community. We feel good about the future of our team being in his hands."

The Bengals' coaching staff next season will consist of Bresnahan, offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, offensive line/assistant head coach Paul Alexander, running backs coach Jim Anderson, defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle, assistant defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi, defensive line coach Jay Hayes, tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes, linebackers coach Ricky Hunley, offensive line coach Hue Jackson, special teams coach Darrin Simmons, quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese, assistant offensive line coach Bob Surace, strength and conditioning coach Chip Morton and his assistant, Ray Oliver.

All have signed contracts through the 2006 season, the club said.

The Associated Press News Service




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