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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports LBs coach Paul Guenther is the leading candidate to replace Mike Zimmer as the Bengals defensive coordinator.
Zimmer was hired as the Vikings new head coach Wednesday. He reportedly may consider bringing Guenther along with him to Minnesota as DC, and the Bengals can't do anything to block him. The decision will be up to Guenther. Guenther has done a tremendous job with Emmanuel Lamur, Vincent Rey, and Vontaze Burfict over the past couple seasons. Burfict credits Guenther for his heightened football IQ. Guenther began working for Marvin Lewis in 2002. Wed, Jan 15, 2014 12:18:00 PM

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Bengals signed coach Marvin Lewis to a two-year contract extension.

Lewis' deal follows recent extensions for DC Mike Zimmer and OC Jay Gruden. Cincinnati's coach since 2003, Lewis was entering a walk year. The longest-tenured head man in Bengals history, Lewis is just 69-74-1 lifetime, but has led the Bengals to three playoff appearances, and was the Associated Press' Coach of the Year in 2009. His accomplishments are impressive considering owner Mike Brown's spendthrift ways. It's a smart move for the Bengals.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 12:06:00 PM

Bengals signed defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to an undisclosed extension.

Zimmer may never receive a legitimate head-coaching opportunity due to his fiery temper and foul language, but he has been a godsend to Cincinnati's defense. Taking over as coordinator in 2008, Zimmer's units have improved from 12th in the league in yardage allowed (2008) to seventh in 2012. Zimmer turned 56 last month. With major problems in the secondary, Zimmer will count on a deep, talented front seven to spark Cincinnati's 2012 defense.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 03:46:00 PM

Marvin Lewis is poised to enter the season as a lame duck coach for the second time in three years.

He will pass ex-Cardinals and Vikings coach Dennis Green as the longest serving African-American head coach with one club this season. Lewis and owner/GM Mike Brown haven't talked contract lately. The only coach to manage even a modicum of success under one of major U.S. sports' least successful owners, Lewis is overdue for a lucrative commitment from the Bengals. He sports a 69-77-1 (.473) record in Cincinnati compared to a combined 55-149 (.270) for all other coaches under Brown.
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 09:57:00 AM

Bengals DC Mike Zimmer revealed Thursday that he never interviewed for the Colts head coaching job.

We had an inkling that was the case, as the original report was never verified. Once the Dolphins job was filled, the Bengals never seemed concerned about losing Zimmer. He'll return to Cincinnati as one of the most highly respected assistants in the game for the 2012 season.
Thu, Jan 26, 2012 07:09:00 PM

Bengals re-signed head coach Marvin Lewis to a two-year contract.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, the heart of Lewis' disagreement with owner Mike Brown was the change in philosophy and personality last offseason. Lewis apparently wanted to remain a defense/ball control outfit while Brown chased down Terrell Owens and Antonio Bryant to instigate a shift toward a more pass-heavy approach. Lewis wants the front office to find players to suit his philosophy instead of his bending to suit theirs. Lewis' new deal makes him the longest-tenured head coach in franchise history as he heads into his ninth season in Cincinnati.
Tue, Jan 4, 2011 03:47:00 PM

Head coach Marvin Lewis' future with the Bengals is reportedly "in serious jeopardy" after talks broke off Tuesday afternoon.

The sides hoped to resolve their issues in two meetings Tuesday morning. Instead, Lewis left the Bengals complex, perhaps never to return. Contrary to previous reports, it's not believed that an indoor facility was a sticking point. The main issue remains owner Mike Brown's bare-bones, throwback approach to staffing and scouting.
Tue, Jan 4, 2011 02:48:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Marvin Lewis is now expected to return as Bengals head coach in 2011.

"The two sides expect to resolve any issues within the next 24 hours," reports Schefter. Lewis was previously reported to be on the outs, due in large part to owner Mike Brown's unwillingness to pay a viable scouting department. The conditions of Lewis' return are unknown, but he's sure to get a new contract. The move is still surprising. While the Bengals are keeping a good head coach, a mutual parting always seemed like the best option for both sides.
Tue, Jan 4, 2011 11:04:00 AM

A team source tells Yahoo Sports that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis will not return to Cincinnati even if he is asked back.

The sides won't make anything official for another few days, but this marriage is almost certainly over. Another source told Yahoo that Lewis is "very interested" in the head coaching opening at the University of Pitt, and ESPN's Joe Schad reported something similar on Monday. Lewis has reportedly become "increasingly frustrated" with the way Bengals owner Mike Brown ran things, particularly his unwillingness to hire a respectable scouting staff.
Mon, Jan 3, 2011 03:40:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports head coach Marvin Lewis will walk away from the Bengals this offseason if owner Mike Brown is unwilling to upgrade his training facilities and add to the player personnel department.

It's the same reason Lewis wouldn't sign an extension last offseason, and it's hard to blame him. The Bengals don't have an indoor practice facility and their bare bones scouting department -- with Brown acting as GM -- has been a major issue for 20 years. The franchise went 15 years without a winning record before Lewis led them to the division title in 2005. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is considered the favorite to take over should Lewis walk.
Sun, Jan 2, 2011 11:38:00 AM

Marvin Lewis expects to learn his fate as Bengals head coach by next "Monday or Tuesday."

Lewis will meet with owner Mike Brown, and the two will hash out their ideas for the future. Lewis didn't speculate whether Brown's plan might include him. The 2009 NFL Coach of the Year, Lewis' contract is scheduled to end on February 1. His Bengals will likely finish 4-12 after going 10-6 in 2009.
Wed, Dec 29, 2010 06:17:00 PM

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that Marvin Lewis is "very, very unlikely" to be back as the Bengals' head coach in 2011.

In addition, La Canfora suggested that Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chad Ochocinco, and Terrell Owens would all be elsewhere. The Bengals have a 2011 club option on Ocho, while Owens and Benson are in contract years. T.O. is essentially a mercenary at this point in his career. Lewis, the 2009 NFL Coach of the Year, would be an extremely hot item on the open market.
Wed, Nov 24, 2010 09:41:00 PM

Coach Marvin Lewis, entering the final year of an extension signed after the 2005 season, confirmed Tuesday that contract talks are ongoing with the Bengals.

Considering Mike Brown's abominable history as an owner/GM, Lewis' 56-55-1 record over seven seasons is astounding. The reigning NFL Coach of the Year's win total ranks second only to Sam Wyche in franchise history. For his sake, we hope he's holding out for increased personnel influence.
Tue, Jul 20, 2010 04:29:00 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was named the 2009 NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press on Saturday.

Lewis led the Bengals to a 10-6 record and an AFC North title after a disappointing 4-11-1 2008 season. They were 6-0 in the division but lost to the Jets last week in the Wild Card round. Lewis has two years left on his contract with Cincinnati. He received 20.5 of the 50 votes, while Sean Payton received 11 and Norv Turner got nine. Rex Ryan, Brad Childress, and Wade Phillips surprisingly got no love from the voters.
Sat, Jan 16, 2010 10:44:00 AM

Bengals signed defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to a three-year extension.

The Redskins usually get their man, so in that way it's a mild surprise. Zimmer has grown close to Marvin Lewis, however, and the Bengals organization is loyal if nothing else. One of the best assistants in the league, Zimmer's retention should ensure that the Bengals will remain a Top-10 unit with a young nucleus. Jim Haslett becomes the favorite to run the 'Skins defense.
Tue, Jan 12, 2010 01:19:00 PM

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