The season is over for the 4-12 Cincinnati Bengals, who dropped their season finale to the Ravens Sunday. The same could be said for Marvin Lewis' tenure as the team's head coach.
Cincinnati compiled a 60-69-1 record in eight years under Lewis, the former Ravens defensive coordinator who was in the final year of his contract. Lewis declined an extension last season when the Bengals captured the AFC North and Lewis was named the NFL Coach of the Year.
Lewis, whose name has been linked to a couple of head coaching vacancies at prominent Division I college football programs, said he did not know what the future had in store for him."I can't answer where things are with me, personally, professionally, whatever," he said. "I don't know. All I know is officially today, I'm no longer employed. But that's all I know."
Quarterback Carson Palmer said Lewis has refrained from discussing his situation with the players.
"He has been extremely focused on each game week to week," Palmer said. "We know he is a great coach. I really don't know what will happen. I've seen some crazy things happen in this league. This was an emotional loss for everyone because it was our last game. As players, we can't let the coaches' status affect us, but it does."
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