Marvin Lewis stepping down as Cincinnati Bengals' coach

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Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will leave after this season for other opportunities, sources tell ESPN.

With a flurry of head-coaching openings expected in the coming weeks and a shortage of obvious head-coaching candidates with experience, Lewis is likely to be on teams' short lists of candidates, league sources said.

But the ESPN report suggested that it's more Lewis who wants to move on from the Bengals than the Bengals who want to move on from Lewis.

All of the Bengals' assistant coaches also have expiring contracts, which means the team could begin moving forward with head coaching interviews for defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons, or look beyond the franchise, the Enquirer reported.

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One of the longest-tenured coaching jobs in recent National Football League history is reportedly coming to an end at the end of this season.

That's no surprise: Lewis did a good job turning the Bengals around early in his tenure in Cincinnati, but more recently he has struggled, with two straight losing seasons.

Lewis became the Bengals' ninth head coach on January 14, 2003, and the team finished that season 8-8 - a six-game improvement over the prior year.

Marvin Lewis hasn't been able to help the Bengals advance in the postseason. But they can get a head start right now, as Lewis coaches out his 15th season. Cincinnati hasn't won a playoff game since the 1990 season, the longest active drought in the NFL. He's compiled a record of 123-111, making the NFL Playoffs seven times, including five seasons in a row from 2011-2015.

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