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Marvin Lewis
Date of birth September 23, 1958 (1958-09-23) (age 51)
Place of birth McDonald, Pennsylvania
Position(s) Head Coach
College Idaho State
Career record 56-55-1 (Regular season)
0-2 (Postseason)
56-57-1 (Overall)
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a coach/administrator







Idaho State University
(linebackers coach)
Long Beach State
(linebackers coach)
University of New Mexico
(linebackers coach)
University of Pittsburgh
(linebackers coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(linebackers coach)
Baltimore Ravens
(defensive coordinator)
Washington Redskins
(defensive coordinator)
Cincinnati Bengals
(head coach)

Marvin Ronald Lewis (September 23, 1958) is the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL) since January 14, 2003.

In 2005, he led the Bengals to their first winning season and division title in 15 years. He currently holds the highest regular season winning percentage of any coach in Bengals history


Playing career

In addition to playing quarterback and safety at Fort Cherry (Pa.) High School, Lewis wrestled and played baseball. He was a three-time All-Big Sky Conference linebacker with Idaho State University but was not drafted out of college and never played in the NFL.

Lewis was inducted into the Idaho State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Coaching career



Lewis began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Idaho State before becoming the team's linebacker coach for four seasons (1981–1984). Idaho State won the NCAA Division I-AA Championship during his first year with the team.

As a linebacker coach, he coached for Idaho State from 1981–84, then Long Beach State from 1985–85, and University of New Mexico from 1987–89. He coached outside linebackers at the University of Pittsburgh from 1990–92.

National Football League

Assistant Coach

Lewis had coaching internships with the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers before serving as the linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers for four seasons (1992-1996). He coached four Pro Bowl linebackers while with the Steelers and coached in Super Bowl XXX.

The newly relocated Baltimore Ravens hired Lewis as their defensive coordinator in 1996, a position that he held for six seasons (1996-2001). In 2000, the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV thanks to a defense that allowed the fewest rushing yards (970) and the fewest points (165) in a 16-game season. "If ever a man proved his worth as a future head coach, Marvin Lewis did it with this complete domination of the Giants in their 16 possessions: Punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, interception, punt, interception, interception, punt, interception, punt, punt, punt, end of game", said Sports Illustrated writer Michael Silver after the Ravens' 34–7 Super Bowl win.[1]

After being passed over for several head coaching jobs, Lewis was hired by the Washington Redskins and served as the team's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the 2002 season.

Head Coach

Cincinnati Bengals

Lewis became the ninth coach in Bengals history on January 14, 2003, when he was hired to replace Dick LeBeau, who was fired after the worst season in franchise history. In his six seasons (2003-present) with the team, Lewis has compiled a 56-54-1 regular season record. Lewis beat both Tom Coughlin and Mike Mularkey for the position with the Bengals.[2] He had previously interviewed for head coaching positions with the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Cleveland Browns. Lewis had previously turned down head coaching opportunities with Cal and Michigan State to continue pursuing his goal of becoming a head coach in the NFL.[3]

The Bengals finished 8–8 in each of their first two seasons under Lewis, recording a non-losing season for the first time in seven years. In 2005, Cincinnati recorded an 11-5 record, winning the AFC North division and making the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Despite setting multiple franchise records in the regular season, however, the Bengals lost to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, 31–17, in the wild card round, after starting QB Carson Palmer was injured on the second play.

The Bengals dropped to 8-8 the following year, a disappointing season in which they started out 8-5 and then lost their last three games of the season, any one of which could have gotten them into the playoffs with a win. Then they recorded two consecutive losing seasons, including a 4-11-1 record in 2008, the worst of Lewis' career. But in 2009, Cincinnati recorded their second winning season under Lewis' tenure. This included wins in all six games against their AFC North opponents, marking the first time in franchise history they accomplished this feat. The Bengals finished the season 10-6, winning the AFC north title and earning only their second trip to the playoffs in 19 years. On January 9th, 2010 The Bengals were defeated by the Jets 24-14 in the opening round of the NFL Playoffs. On January 16th, 2010 Lewis was named the Associated Press 2009 NFL Coach of the Year, after the Bengals improved from a 4-11-1 record in 2008 to a 10-6 regular season record in 2009.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CIN 2003 8 8 0 .500 2nd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2004 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2005 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Wild-Card Game.
CIN 2006 8 8 0 .500 2nd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2007 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2008 4 11 1 .281 3rd in AFC North - - - -
CIN 2009 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to New York Jets in AFC Wild-Card Game.
CIN Total 56 55 1 .500 0 2 .000 -
Total[4] 56 55 1 .500 0 2 .000 -

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Marvin Lewis has served:

Assistant coaches under Marvin Lewis who have become NFL head coaches:

  • None

Notes and references

External links

Preceded by
Dick LeBeau
Cincinnati Bengals Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kurt Schottenheimer
Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
George Edwards
Preceded by
Baltimore Ravens Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Mike Nolan


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