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their relationship went even deeper.

in Deutsch in Medien und Literatur 30.08.2018 10:31
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Marvin Lewis showed up for his first news conference as the Bengals head coach in 2003 wearing his Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl ring.

Every time he waved his right hand Todd Gurley Jersey , the 200 diamonds gleamed yellow and white in the bright television lights.

It was more than an eye-catching fashion statement. Lewis was setting the bar high for himself and his team.

"It's for a reason," Lewis said. "What I'm going to hammer home to our guys is that we're not that far away."

Fifteen years later, postseason success is even farther away for the Bengals, who haven't won a playoff game since the 1990 season.

Yet Lewis is still in Cincinnati, getting another chance 鈥?his 16th and counting 鈥?to deliver on the optimism he flashed that January day so long ago. He has the second-longest current tenure in the NFL, trailing only New England's Bill Belichick, who has won five Super Bowls.

It's highly unusual for a coach to stay with any team so long, something that Lewis fully appreciates.

"I think a lot of people talk about it quite a bit," Lewis said. "I know coaches do. I think everybody aspires to do that."

In the quick-to-change NFL, it's shocking for a coach to stay with a team so long with so little success. The Bengals have reached the playoffs seven times in Lewis' 15 seasons, losing every time. They made the playoffs five straight seasons from 2011-15 and lost in the first round each time Levine Toilolo Jersey , setting an NFL record with their five straight quick exits.

Lewis' 0-7 coaching mark in the playoffs is the worst for any coach in NFL history. Yet, he got a two-year contract extension at the end of last season from owner Mike Brown, who is averse to change and thinks Lewis has done a good job despite the results. The Bengals are coming off back-to-back losing seasons.

"We remember the five previous seasons we got to the playoffs," Brown said. "I don't think there's convincing evidence we can't get the job done around here. I think it's to the contrary. And we'll see how it turns out.

"I put my bet down and I'm going to ride on it, and people can judge when it's run its course."

As another losing season wound down last year, Lewis was uncertain about whether he'd return. The Bengals beat the Lions and the Ravens to finish the season at 7-9, and Brown was convinced to stick with him for two more years.

"They were high-level teams giving it their best effort, and we beat both of them," said Brown of two teams that finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. The Lions fired Jim Caldwell after the season.

The Bengals finished last in the league on offense 鈥?a franchise first 鈥?and the defense slipped to 30th in the league against the run, its worst ranking since 1998. Brown thinks the team came close to having a successful season, and he held his index finger and thumb a half-inch apart to make his point.

"Sometimes we fell short by about that far Rod Smith Jersey ," he said. "Nobody wants to remember that, either. We know that we have to do better 鈥?believe, me, we know it. But I think we're in the situation where we can rebound best, rebound quickest with Marvin."

EIFERT OUT: Tight end Tyler Eifert was among a group of players who worked out on a side field Thursday while the rest of the team practiced. Eifert was limited to two games last season because of a recurring back problem that required surgery. He signed a one-year contract for 2018 and missed minicamp. Eifert declined to comment as he left the field. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict also worked out on the side field. He'll miss the first four games of the season on a suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers.

NOT YET READY: Receiver Devonte Boyd, cornerback Davontae Harris, H-back Ryan Hewitt, guard Christian Westerman and safety Tyrice Beverette also are being held out of practice as they recover from injuries. In addition, the Bengals put offensive tackle Javarius Leamon on the list of players who didn't report for camp, and they signed receiver Jared Murphy.

FIRST INJURY: Guard Rod Taylor injured his right knee during practice and was taken off the field on a cart. Taylor is a seventh-round pick from Mississippi.

As former Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Chris Ballard attended Edwin Jackson's funeral in Atlanta on Monday, team owner Jim Irsay announced he was donating $25 T.J. Lang Jersey ,000 to establish the Edwin Jackson Memorial Scholarship in memory of the former linebacker.

Jackson and his Uber driver, Jeffrey Monroe, were both killed in a traffic accident Feb. 4.

Irsay issued a statement Monday calling Jackson a "wonderful young man" who is already missed and that he wants to honor Jackson's memory, determination, work ethic and character with the scholarship. He is working with Jackson's family to establish guidelines for a scholarship that will be awarded annually.

It will be separate from other scholarships awarded by the Indianapolis Colts Foundation.

"That smile, that amazing smile 鈥?God he could light up a room," Pagano wrote on Twitter, honoring Jackson. "And the energy and passion and fire and juice and love and determination and drive and dedication seeped out of this young man."

Ballard remembered Jackson as the guy who introduced himself every day after he first took the job last January, just so Ballard wouldn't forget who he was.

But their relationship went even deeper.

"I started to ask Edwin: Where we going? What's our next step?," Ballard wrote on Twitter. "And Edwin got a big, bright smile on his face and he talked about school and how we were going to finish Menelik Watson Jersey , but he thought he had more to do; he had more to do in the league."

Jackson was 26 years old.

Irsay also sent condolences again to Monroe's family. Last week, Irsay offered to pay for the funerals of both men.

Donations to the scholarship fund can be made online at colts/memorial or by mail at the Edwin Jackson Memorial Scholarship, c/o Indianapolis Colts Foundation, P.O. Box 535000, Indianapolis, IN 46253.

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