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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Latest on Marvin Lewis, Bengals

By James Walker


Oh, those wacky Cincinnati Bengals.

Just when you thought they couldn't be any more unpredictable, the Bengals keep finding ways to top themselves.

Here is the latest: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting head coach Marvin Lewis left the team facility Monday after both sides couldn't agree on the team's direction. Now Lewis' future in Cincinnati is in jeopardy, when just a few hours prior both sides were expected to get a deal in place.

Earlier Monday we wondered how much Lewis, who has little leverage after a 4-12 season, could really squeeze out of Cincinnati's notoriously frugal ownership. Lewis wants significant upgrades to the facilities, front office and scouting department. But the Bengals weren't willing to give that to Lewis before. How much could really change after an underachieving four-win season?

This isn't over, as both sides are expected to return to the negotiating table. So stay tuned.