“I have not made decisions about anything, as I’ve told you how many times,” Lewis said.
Lewis became the Bengals' ninth head coach on Jan. 14, 2003, and the team finished that season 8-8 -- a six-game improvement over the prior year. With 15 years with Cincinnati, Lewis has the second-longest tenure in the league after New England's Bill Belichick.
But now he has an expiring contract, an 0-7 career record in the playoffs, and is bound for a second straight absence from the postseason.
The Bengals are 5-8 heading into Sunday's game against the Vikings in Minneapolis. They were already suffering from an emotional hangover from their 23-20 loss on Dec. 4 to bitter rival Pittsburgh when they were drubbed 33-7 at Paul Brown Stadium by a Chicago team that's just 4-9 this year.
Players acknowledged they emerged without much energy and described their worst home loss since 2008 as embarrassing and shocking.