Report: Cincinnati Bengals Extend Head Coach Marvin Lewis' Contract

Pranav Tadikonda@@pranavtadikondaCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  (C) Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on in the second quarter as the Begals take on the Houston Texans during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Bengals have announced via Twitter that they have agreed with head coach Marvin Lewis on a contract extension through 2014.

#Bengals announce a contract extension for head coach Marvin Lewis.

— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) July 31, 2012

Extension runs through the 2014 season.

— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) July 31, 2012

The Bengals are coming off of a surprising 9-7 season with unheralded rookies QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green, and a strong defense leading the way. Cincinnati sneaked into the playoffs as the 6th seed, making the postseason for just the third time in the last 20 years. 

Lewis has a career record of 69-77-1 as the head coach of the Bengals. 

As Bleacher Report's Chris Roling notes, a young team like the Bengals needs continuity at all coaching positions.

Continuity is so important, especially with such a young, talented core. #Bengals

— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) July 31, 2012

The Bengals exited the playoffs this year in a loss to the Houston Texans, but they showed great potential throughout the season. In an AFC North division that features two aging teams in the Steelers and Ravens, the Bengals should see many more postseason berths coming their way in the next few years.