The face of the Bengals for the past 15 years will no longer be with the team following this season, but not for the reasons you'd originally think.
According to Adam Schefter, Cincinnati Head Coach Marvin Lewis is planning to leave the team to pursue other opportunities.
After 15 seasons in Cincinnati, Marvin Lewis is planning to leave the Bengals after this season to pursue opportunities elsewhere, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 17, 2017
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While his departure isn't surprising, leaving on his own terms is unexpected. After entering the season with high hopes and now staring at a 5-8 record, not to mention his 0-7 record in the playoffs and only seven winning seasons in 15 years, you would assume Lewis was fired.
Instead, he's resigning.
A topic we'll address later in @NFLGameDay: With the #Bengals planning for a fresh start on their coaching staff, Marvin Lewis plans to move to the front office, sources say. No head coach is more involved in personnel. A GM somewhere else?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 17, 2017
Lewis, however, doesn't seem ready to step away from the game just yet. Even if his time on the sidelines is done, Ian Rapoport reports that Lewis is pursuing front office roles—and it's probably safe to say he won't be in Cincinnati.
More teams are certain to announce front office changes as the season winds down, so stay tuned for potential landing spots for the longest tenured head coach in Bengals history.