The coach remains the same

Bengals stick with Marvin Lewis

CINCINNATI (AP) — The assistant head coach is gone, but the head coach is coming back for a 16th try at a playoff victory. And so it goes in Cincinnati.

In a what-have-you-done lately league, the Bengals remain the outlier. Marvin Lewis met with the media on Wednesday, a day after getting a two-year extension, and talked in general terms about how his team needs to change.

He said the things he’s said many times during the second-longest active coaching tenure in the NFL, behind only Bill Belichick. Unlike the New England coach, Lewis has yet to win a playoff game.

One change: Lewis wanted more control over the coaching staff. Paul Alexander, the assistant head coach and offensive line coach for 23 seasons, was fired.

Bengals stick with Marvin Lewis