Cincinnati Bengals part ways with Marvin Lewis

Cincinnati Enquirer

Head coach Marvin Lewis and the Bengals are parting ways. After 16 seasons, Lewis' time in Cincinnati is over. 

He told his coaching staff on Monday morning, sources told The Enquirer. 

The club signed Lewis to a two-year contract after the disappointing 2017 season, but turns out that would be his last following a 6-10 campaign. 

A major storyline of 2018 was a mass exodus of season-ticket holders when the team signed Lewis. They played in front of a nearly half-empty stadium for late-season games against Oakland, Denver and Cleveland. Crowds were at their lowest since the 2011 season, averaging 50,754 tickets distributed.

That was the lowest number in the league outside of the Los Angeles Chargers, which play in a soccer stadium with a capacity less than 30,000. 

Those numbers matter to Mike Brown, who opted to move a different direction. 

#football, #professional

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