The Cincinnati Bengals, at 5-8, are all but assuredly going to miss the playoffs this season, making for the second straight season they will have had their season end after Week 17. This comes after a run of five consecutive playoff trips, all ending in the first round, and Marvin Lewis has, in total, taken Cincinnati to the postseason seven times in his 15 years as coach.
That’s an impressive feat considering the Bengals hadn’t made the playoffs in the 12 seasons prior to Lewis taking over. His tenure has been one of the most successful in franchise history, but it will be coming to an end after this season.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, when the Bengals’ season ends on New Years’ Eve against the Ravens, so will Lewis’ time as the head coach in Cincinnati as he steps down to pursue other opportunities.