Marvin Lewis is the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League.
Taking over after a franchise worst 2-14 record in 2002, Lewis led the Bengals in 2005 to their first winning season and first AFC North division title in fifteen years. He is the first Bengals coach since team founder Paul Brown in 1970 to be named coach of the year by the Associated Press, an award he won in 2009 following a 10-6 regular season and another division title.= Lewis has guided the Bengals to five straight playoff appearances from 2011-2015 and an 8-0 start in 2015, both firsts in franchise history, and holds the record for most wins as a Bengals head coach.
Lewis is currently the second-longest tenured head coach in the NFL behind Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. He was the consensus choice as NFL Coach of the Year in 2009 when the Bengals won the AFC North title while sweeping all six division games. The Bengals were AFC North champions under Lewis also in 2005.
Lewis came to the Bengals with credentials as a record-setting NFL defensive coordinator, having played a huge role in a championship season. His six seasons (1996-2001) as Baltimore Ravens coordinator included a Super Bowl victory in 2000 when his defense set the NFL record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game campaign (165). That team clipped 22 points off the previous mark. The 2000 Ravens are always an entry in discussions regarding the best NFL defensive units 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 had his first NFL assignment from 1992-95, as linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He aided the development of four Pro Bowl players — Kevin Greene, Chad Brown, Levon Kirkland and Greg Lloyd.
Lewis began his coaching career as linebackers coach at his alma mater, Idaho State, from 1981-84. ISU’s team (also nicknamed the Bengals) finished 12-1 in Lewis's first season there and won the NCAA Division 1-AA championship.
Lewis played LB at Idaho State, earning All-Big Sky Conference honors for three consecutive years (1978-80). He also saw action at quarterback and free safety during his college career. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Idaho State in 1981 and earned his master’s in athletic administration in ’82. He was inducted into Idaho State’s Hall of Fame in 2001.
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