After a bizarre back-and-forth, the Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed head coach Marvin Lewis to a contract extension, the team announced Tuesday. Both sides reportedly had tense moments throughout the day before reaching an agreement.
Did the Bengals agree to give Lewis significant upgrades in the front office and scouting departments? Will the team build an indoor practice facility? Also, how much say does Lewis now have with the 53-man roster and hiring and firing assistant coaches?
As we mentioned earlier, Lewis didn't have much leverage after going 4-12, and it's probable that he settled without getting some or most of these improvements in place. All the details will come out eventually.
But in the end, the Bengals get to bring Lewis back for a ninth season, and Lewis remains an NFL head coach, which is a job he probably wouldn't have landed anywhere else this year.
As usual, things weren't easy for the Bengals and Lewis. But now it's time for both sides to focus on improving the roster and being more competitive in 2011.