Monday, 16 July, 2018


Bengals sign OC Bill Lazor to new contract

Sep 18 2016 Pittsburgh PA USA Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese yells from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-16. Mandatory Credit Charles LeClaire Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Noah Ferguson | 14 January, 2018, 02:46

The more things stay the same for the Cincinnati Bengals, the more they will change, according to head coach Marvin Lewis who despite two straight losing seasons and an 0-7 mark in the playoffs, was granted a two-year contract extension on Tuesday.

The Browns and Bengals have played a total of 64 games the past two seasons and won 14 collectively, yet neither team is changing head coaches.

This wasn't how it was supposed to go. His contract was expiring.

But Lewis denied that anything had been decided.

Lazor completed his second season with Cincinnati after spending two years as the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator. "Marvin has made significant contributions during his time here. While recently we have fallen short of our expectations, we have full confidence in Marvin to re-establish winning football in 2018".

In Cincinnati, fans were still trying to wrap their heads around Marvin Lewis 16.0, with a few upgrades to fix some of the many bugs in the program.

The good news is that Lazor was an upgrade over Ken Zampese, who was sacked after two of the most uninspiring offensive performances you'll ever see - the season-opening 20-0 blanking by the Ravens followed by a 13-9 loss to the Texans. Lewis turned the Bengals into a competitive team and then a playoff team after years of languishing as a laughingstock. They hadn't reached the playoffs in a dozen seasons when he was hired.

Lazor was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in September, replacing the fired Ken Zampese after the team failed to score a touchdown through the first two games of the season.

Lewis has won a franchise-high 125 victories during 15 seasons with the Bengals, but there was recent speculation that he might not return. I guess the Bengals are okay with mediocrity and they will never get to the next level with Lewis at the helm and it will be more years that go by without a possible playoff win in his coaching career, even if they get there.

Lewis said Brown wants to win a championship, and that's why he chose to keep Lewis in charge despite his record so far. He said in a statement that he was committed "to making the necessary improvements to put this team in the best position to win".

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