banner

NFL Football

Lewis won't declare he's done with Bengals, despite report

(AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)

By DAVE CAMPBELL

AP Pro Football Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is not ready to concede the end of his second-longest tenure in the league.

ESPN reported Sunday before the game at Minnesota, citing unnamed league sources, that the 59-year-old Lewis does not want to return to Cincinnati after his contract expires following a 15th season with the Bengals. Lewis steadfastly denied that in his postgame news conference after a 34-7 defeat by the Vikings , dismissing the story as recycled from the summer and irrelevant to the team's second straight lackluster performance.

"It's just speculation people keep throwing out there," Lewis said. "We're all wasting time talking about it."

Only New England's Bill Belichick, by three more years, has concurrently been with the same team longer than Lewis and the Bengals.

"I have not made any decisions about anything, I've told you how many times," Lewis said.

With an 0-7 record for Lewis in the playoffs, speculation swirled at the start of the season that this could be his final year in Cincinnati. The Bengals (5-9) will miss the postseason for a second straight time, having lost their last two games by a combined 67-14.

"To change would hurt, but guys have enough professionalism to know with a new coach coming in, you pick up your jock straps, continue to practice and prove to the next coach that you can play," wide receiver Brandon LaFell said.

The Bengals were well aware of the report once they reached the stadium, but Lewis didn't acknowledge it until after the game. His record with the Bengals fell to 123-119-3 including the playoffs.

"It didn't affect us," wide receiver A.J. Green said. "We're all professional here. We all get paid to do a job, no matter what happens."

After yet another grueling loss to bitter rival Pittsburgh on Dec. 4 made possible by a squandered two-touchdown halftime lead at home, the Bengals have played like they've given up despite the insistence of some players to the contrary. Even if Lewis is being truthful about a desire to return to the Bengals, he might not be offered a new deal at this point. The patience of long-time owner Mike Brown can only go so far with a franchise that has not won a postseason game since 1990, the longest active streak in the NFL and the sixth-longest in history.

"We're 4-10. What do you think is going to happen at the end of the season?" defensive end Carlos Dunlap said, inadvertently discounting his team's record by one game. "We'll see. We'll figure it out."

As if there wasn't enough to be frustrated about, Lewis and the Bengals also lost to Mike Zimmer, their former defensive coordinator.

"A lot of those players over there on defense were at one time my guys, so there was some emotions there," said Zimmer, who was hired by the Vikings in 2014. "You always want to do good against your former team, but like I said during I tried this week to see numbers and not faces."

Zimmer still maintains a rural retreat in northern Kentucky, his vacation home for those rare breaks from the NFL grind. Lewis visited Zimmer at the ranch during Minnesota's bye week earlier this season, and Zimmer said Lewis didn't mention any disinterest in leaving the Bengals.

"But if it is the case, Marvin is an unbelievable person, a great mentor, a great, great football coach," Zimmer said. "I hope that's not the case, because the NFL would be losing a great, great coach."

---

For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Updated December 17, 2017

Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2018 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.

Men's College Basketball
1
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET5:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST
Preview
3
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET5:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST
Preview
4
11:00 PT12:00 MT1:00 CT2:00 ET7:00 GMT3:00 北京时间12:00 MST2:00 EST
Preview
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET9:00 GMT5:00 北京时间2:00 MST4:00 EST
Preview
5
11:00 PT12:00 MT1:00 CT2:00 ET7:00 GMT3:00 北京时间12:00 MST2:00 EST
Preview
6
7
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET5:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST
Preview
8
11:00 PT12:00 MT1:00 CT2:00 ET7:00 GMT3:00 北京时间12:00 MST2:00 EST
Preview
3:00 PT4:00 MT5:00 CT6:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
10
11
11:30 PT12:30 MT1:30 CT2:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
19
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET9:00 GMT5:00 北京时间2:00 MST4:00 EST
Preview
12
13
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 北京时间6:00 MST8:00 EST
Preview
14
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET9:00 GMT5:00 北京时间2:00 MST4:00 EST
Preview
11:00 PT12:00 MT1:00 CT2:00 ET7:00 GMT3:00 北京时间12:00 MST2:00 EST
Preview
15
16
7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET3:30 GMT11:30 北京时间8:30 MST10:30 EST
Preview
3:00 PT4:00 MT5:00 CT6:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
17
5:15 PT6:15 MT7:15 CT8:15 ET1:15 GMT9:15 北京时间6:15 MST8:15 EST
Preview
18
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET9:00 GMT5:00 北京时间2:00 MST4:00 EST
Preview
20
21
3:00 PT4:00 MT5:00 CT6:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
22
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET5:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST
Preview
24
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET9:00 GMT5:00 北京时间2:00 MST4:00 EST
Preview
NFL Scoreboard
Sunday, Jan. 21
Jacksonville 12:05 PT1:05 MT2:05 CT3:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST2:05 CT0:05 UAE (+1)15:05 ETNaN:�
Preview
New England 
Minnesota 3:40 PT4:40 MT5:40 CT6:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 MST6:40 EST5:40 CT3:40 UAE (+1)18:40 ETNaN:�
Preview
Philadelphia 
NBA Scoreboard
Oklahoma City 12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET20:30 GMT4:30 1:30 MST3:30 EST0:30 UAE (+1)21:3015:30 ET2:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
Cleveland 
Chicago 2:00 PT3:00 MT4:00 CT5:00 ET22:00 GMT6:00 3:00 MST5:00 EST2:00 UAE (+1)23:0017:00 ET4:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Atlanta 
Memphis 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
New Orleans 
Miami 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Charlotte 
Milwaukee 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 MST7:30 EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
Philadelphia 
Golden State 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 MST8:30 EST5:30 UAE (+1)02:3020:30 ET7:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
Houston 
Toronto 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 MST9:00 EST6:00 UAE (+1)03:0021:00 ET8:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Minnesota 
LA Clippers 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 MST9:00 EST6:00 UAE (+1)03:0021:00 ET8:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Utah 
Dallas 7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 MST10:00 EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Portland 
NHL Scoreboard
Dallas 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 MST1:00 EST22:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Buffalo 
New Jersey 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 MST1:00 EST22:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Philadelphia 
NY Rangers 12:00 PT1:00 MT2:00 CT3:00 ET20:00 GMT4:00 1:00 MST3:00 EST0:00 UAE (+1)15:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Colorado 
Winnipeg 12:00 PT1:00 MT2:00 CT3:00 ET20:00 GMT4:00 1:00 MST3:00 EST0:00 UAE (+1)15:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Calgary 
Boston 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Montreal 
Toronto 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Ottawa 
Carolina 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Detroit 
Pittsburgh 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 MST8:00 EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
San Jose 
Arizona 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 MST8:00 EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
St. Louis 
Florida 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 MST8:00 EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Nashville 
NY Islanders 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 MST8:30 EST5:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Chicago 
Tampa Bay 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 MST9:00 EST6:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Minnesota 
Vancouver 7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 MST10:00 EST7:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Edmonton 
Minor League Baseball
International League
Memphis 4:07 PT5:07 MT6:07 CT7:07 ET12:07 GMT
Durham 
CareerBuilder (PGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1A. Landry-1618
2J. Rahm-1518
3J. Kokrak-1418
4tZ. Johnson-1318
4tM. Kim-1318
4tM. Piller-1318
7tB. Gay-1218
7tN. Watney-1218
7tB. Harkins-1218
10tR. Knox-1118
View Full Leaderboard
 
CME Tour Champ (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1A. Jutanugarn-15F
2tJ. Korda-14F
2tL. Thompson-14F
4tE. Ji-13F
4tP. Lindberg-13F
6tS. Park-12F
6tM. Wie-12F
8tK. Kaufman-11F
8tI. Kim-11F
8tN. Korda-11F
View Full Leaderboard
 
Abu Dhabi (EURO)
PosNameScoreThru
1tR. Fisher-1718
1tT. Pieters-1718
3R. McIlroy-1618
4tM. Fitzpatrick-1518
4tT. Fleetwood-1518
6tT. Detry-1418
6tA. Johnston-1418
6tC. Paisley-1418
9tP. Dunne-1318
9tD. Frittelli-1318
View Full Leaderboard
 
Mitsubishi Chmp (CHMP)
PosNameScoreThru
1C. Montgomerie-1418
2tJ. Kelly-1218
2tG. Sauers-1218
4D. Toms-1118
5tW. Austin-1018
5tM. Calcavecchia-1018
5tD. Garwood-1018
8tM. Jimenez-918
8tM. Dawson-918
10tS. McCarron-818
View Full Leaderboard
 
ATP Scoreboard
Saturday, Jan. 20
Australian Open (ATP/WTA)
Third Round
M. Fucsovics6 6 6   
N. Kicker3 3 2   
(12) J. Del Potro3 3 2   
(19) T. Berdych6 6 6   
(14) N. Djokovic6 6 6   
(21) A. Ramos-Vino2 3 3   
(2) R. Federer6 7 6   
(29) R. Gasquet2 5 4   
Fourth Round
(6) M. Cilic 
(10) P. Carreno Bu 
(1) R. Nadal 
(24) D. Schwartzma 
 
WTA Scoreboard
Saturday, Jan. 20
Australian Open (ATP/WTA)
Third Round
(21) A. Kerber6 6    
M. Sharapova1 3    
(26) A. Radwanska2 5    
S. Hsieh6 7    
Fourth Round
(32) A. Kontaveit 
C. Suarez Nav 
(2) C. Wozniacki 
(19) M. Rybarikova 
P. Martic 
E. Mertens