Black Monday is just days away in the NFL. With the regular season coming to an end on Sunday, some head coaches will be shown the door in short order. However, there is uncertainty out of Cincinnati in regards to the job security of Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Lewis is expected to meet with team owner Mike Brown on Tuesday to discuss the future of the team. The belief is that Brown will not part ways with Lewis, but it is possible the longtime Bengals coach could choose to retire straight away.
#Bengals owner Mike Brown and HC Marvin Lewis are expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss the plan moving forward, per @RapSheet. Lewis might retire but final word on if he returns will come next week.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 29, 2018
During the 2017 season, Brown appeared set on showing Lewis the door. However, the team experienced a surge in the final month of the season that saw them eliminate the division rival Baltimore Ravens from playoff contention. As a result, Lewis was awarded a two-year contract.
This season, however, has been different. After a 4-1 start to the campaign, the Bengals now sit at 6-9 entering Week 17, missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Interestingly, Bengals staff members were handed itineraries for Monday and Tuesday during a staff meeting this past week, one that included Brown. And with that came all manner of speculation.
With an eye toward the looming coaching changes, here is an extensive look at what may be coming in the AFC, including a surprise: #Dolphins coach Adam Gase’s future is in real doubt, sources say. Story: https://t.co/lUNhmUz6bQ— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2018
With the Ravens and Cleveland Browns on the upswing, it will remain to be seen if ownership wants to continue with Lewis as the man in charge-- or if Lewis decides to walk away from the team he spent the past 16 seasons with.