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Coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension Tuesday Joseph Noteboom Color Rush Jersey providing more chances to try to get the Cincinnati Bengals that playoff victory that has eluded him for 15 seasons.

The agreement came after a second straight losing season and two days of discussions with owner Mike Brown. Lewis has the second-longest active coaching tenure in the NFL behind Bill Belichick’s 18 seasons with New England.

Unlike Belichick who has won five Super Bowls and made two other appearances in the title game Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs the worst coaching record in NFL history. The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season the sixth-longest streak of futility in league history.

Paul Brown Stadium was half-empty for the final home game an indication fans had given up on the team and were hoping for change.

Instead Brown decided to stay the course and keep Lewis who wanted more say over the coaching staff and the roster if he stayed.

Brown’s aversion to change won out.

”Marvin has made significant contributions during his time here” Brown said in a statement.

Lewis planned to meet the media on Wednesday. He said in a statement that he was committed ”to making the necessary improvements to put this team in the best position to win.”

Lewis has acknowledged that he would have been fired in any other NFL city. Instead he’s gotten second and third chances – and now a 16th chance – to lead the Bengals to a postseason win. Brown an owner who values loyalty has decided to keep Lewis around.

It marks a stay-the-course coaching offseason for both of Ohio’s teams. The Browns are keeping coach Hue Jackson after they became only the second team in NFL history to go 0-16.

On Monday Lewis said he was interested in staying only if he and ownership had a common vision for changes that needed to happen. He said the organization needs to do a better job building a roster that can contend for an AFC North title.

Lewis has by far the longest coaching tenure in team history – founder Paul Brown and Sam Wyche are tied for second at eight years – and a 125-119-3 record including that 0-7 playoff mark.

Under Lewis the Bengals have had some of their best regular seasons and some of the worst playoff moments.

The mastermind of Baltimore’s Super Bowl championship defense in 2000 Lewis came to Cincinnati before the 2003 season – a rare outside hire by the Brown family. Lewis turned the Bengals into a competitive team and then a playoff team after years of languishing as a laughingstock.

He hasn’t been able to win a playoff game Womens Jordan Reed Jersey though. His best chance came in 2015 when the Bengals matched the franchise record with 12 wins and were in control in the final minutes of a playoff game against rival Pittsburgh at Paul Brown Stadium.

Lewis’ team unraveled fumbling to give Pittsburgh a final chance and then committing two unthinkable penalties – Vontaze Burfict and Adam ”Pacman” Jones got 15-yard fouls – that set up the Steelers’ field goal for an 18-16 win. It was one of the worst meltdowns in NFL playoff history.

At yet Lewis survived it. His team never recovered. The Bengals won only six games last season. When Lewis and Brown met afterward they couldn’t agree on terms of an extension of his deal that ended after the 2017 season.

A 23-20 Monday night loss to Pittsburgh on Dec. 4 essentially ended the Bengals’ chances. Paul Brown Stadium was less than half-full for the final home game a 26-17 victory over the Lions on Dec. 24. In the final game at Baltimore the Bengals rallied for a 31-27 win that eliminated the Ravens.

The Bengals now have to sell tickets by convincing fans that things are changing even if the head coach is the same.

Teddy Bridgewater remembers some of his teammates crying. They were on their knees and praying.

For him.

The New York Jets quarterback was with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 when he went down in a heap of agonizing pain. Bridgewater had twisted his left knee badly on a non-contact play and the severity of the injury was only beginning to surface.

Bridgewater knew from the looks of his teammates’ faces that the situation was dire. And somehow he stayed calm.

”As gruesome as it may have seemed I feel like I did a great job of remaining poised” Bridgewater recalled Tuesday as the Jets opened their three-day minicamp.

Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance Bridgewater had torn the anterior cruciate ligament and had other structural damage including a dislocated knee joint.

”There were guys throwing helmets guys on knees and I didn’t cry and I didn’t worry” Bridgewater said. ”I just knew that it was in God’s hands. I think I was impressed with the way I kept my faith but I got to see how much I meant to the guys – not only as a football player Reggie White Jersey but also as a person. It could’ve went totally south.”

His career was in jeopardy and at one point saving his mangled left leg was the only thing that mattered.

”It was scary” Bridgewater said while managing a smile. ”But at the end of the day I was still breathing. That was my biggest takeaway from it. … When there’s someone out there whose situation is worse than yours that’s the first thing that came into my mind. Like `Man I don’t know what just happened but I know there’s someone out there who’s going through something worse than I am so I just have to keep my faith and believe that everything’s going to be all right.'”

Bridgewater gets his perseverance and never-quit attitude from his mother Rose Murphy who raised him and his three siblings in the Miami area. She’s a breast cancer survivor who has been in remission for several years something that is a source of pride for Bridgewater. He also counts her as his biggest supporter.

”She was a fighter so I witnessed her fight with her battle with breast cancer” Bridgewater said. ”I took away those traits and attitude. Whenever she was down – well she was never really down because she would always say `There’s someone out there whose situation is way worse than mine J'Mon Moore Jersey so I can’t be down plus the cancer feeds off negativity so I have to be positive.’

”So that’s why I feel like I’m just this positive guy. Watching her continue to smile and stay upbeat throughout her toughest times in life had a huge impact on me.”

Bridgewater has needed every bit of that positivity during the last two years of often grueling rehabilitation. Now 25 the former Louisville star is still a youngster in NFL years. But the injury was enough to make some teams wary of giving him a chance after the Vikings allowed him to become a free agent during the offseason.

The Jets looking for quarterback depth signed him for $500000 in March and drafted Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick a month later. Josh McCown who turns 39 on July 4 remains the favorite to win the starting job but Bridgewater could have as much of a shot at winning the three-man competition as anyone – especially if he continues progressing. He won’t discuss details of his health or his status other than saying he’s getting better every day.

”To be able to just stand here right now I’m thankful for the guys who supported me through the injury” Bridgewater said ”and the guys still there today.”

He’s wearing a brace around the left knee which is covered by a sleeve. But he doesn’t appear to be hampered by any of it. Bridgewater has thrown some of the prettiest passes in the practice sessions open to the media including several throws on the run.

”Having not been injured like that I can’t even relate to someone being injured like that Connor Brown Jersey ” coach Todd Bowles said. ”But just knowing Teddy’s personality and the drive he has it doesn’t surprise me.”

There were plenty of people who doubted he’d get to this point. Bridgewater isn’t here to prove them wrong.

”Not at all” he insisted. ”I do it for the ones who believed in me because that small ounce of faith and belief got me over the hump.”

Bridgewater made it back onto the field late last season for a few plays but the moment he knew the comeback was on track happened when he rejoined his teammates on the Vikings sideline again – in full uniform – in November.

It was then that he allowed his emotions get to him.

Finally.

”This game means a lot to me” Bridgewater said. ”I’ve been playing football since I was 5 years old and it brought tears to my eyes because it showed me that you’re never out of it. You’re never out of the fight. There were dark days throughout my rehab process so when you’re rehabbing the light seems so far at the end of the tunnel. But to be able to see that light and make it to the light – which is being active and standing on that sideline with my gear on – it kind of hit me a little.

”I joked around with my agent my adviser told them `Man I’m a tough guy. I won’t cry.’ But reality set in. It was truly a blessing to be back out there and you know continue to live your dream.”

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