Marvin Lewis leaving the Bengals: Fans, former players and pro football commentators react

Posted at 2:22 PM, Dec 17, 2017
and last updated 2018-01-03 14:24:42-05

Editor's note: Three weeks after we published this story, Marvin Lewis agreed to a two-year contract with the Bengals. The team said he'd remain head coach through the 2019 season.

CINCINNATI -- When the news broke that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis would be leaving at the end of the year, the fan reaction was swift.

The general sentiment, at least on social media: Good riddance.

Some called it a Christmas miracle.

Maybe fans don't need to get worked up over this after all. Lewis said he hasn't made a decision on whether he'll leave Cincinnati in a post-game conference Sunday. 

Still, others said they wished he'd been fired instead. (Many of those comments had expletives, so we won't share them here.)

At least some recognized the work he's done for community organizations.

Sports reporters, commentators and former players also struck a kinder tone.

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