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Bengals Announce 2015 Schedule, Lewis Extension

The Cincinnati Bengals announced yesterday that they have extended the contract for head coach Marvin Lewis that will run through the conclusion of the 2016 season. Lewis' contact was set to expire at the end of the upcoming season, but in an expected move, owner Mike Brown made the deal now to prevent a lame-duck situation this season that erased any doubts of him returning the following year.

“We have worked together with Marvin for many years, things are going well for the team and Marvin deserves credit for that,” said Mike Brown in a released statement. “The extension reflects our confidence in him and how things look to us as we move forward. We are happy to have reached this agreement.”

Lewis enters his 13th season as head coach with the Bengals, the second-longest tenure in the league behind New England's Bill Belichick. Lewis has led Cincinnati to four straight playoff appearances and five in the last six years, but has been unable to win a postseason game.

“I appreciate the commitment by management to the direction of our team,” Lewis said. “It's gratifying to our coaching staff and to me personally. The stakes get higher each and every year, and the return of our players this week for the start of offseason work has stoked our fires. I'm excited to continue our pursuit of greatness and to be World Champions.”

Lewis has the most wins of any Bengals coach in team history with a career head-coaching record of 100-96-2. He won the Super Bowl as the Defensive Coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001.

The Bengals will play four primetime games this season, despite fairing poorly in recent years under the lights. Since 2011, Cincinnati has gone 3-10 in primetime games including the playoffs. They begin their season Week 1 in Oakland where they will kick off on September 13 at 4:25 EST. Their first home game comes against San Diego Week 2. They will travel to the West Coast three times during the regular season and also have an away game at Denver in Week 16. The Bengals beat the Broncos on Monday Night Football last season, 37-28, also in Week 16.  

-Staff report/Photo: Marvin Lewis (Bengals.com)