Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is planning to leave after this season, sources tell ESPN.
Lewis has been with Cincinnati for 15 years, the second-longest tenure in the league. He has an expiring contract, bound for a second straight absence from the postseason, and an 0-7 career record in the playoffs.
ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news of his impending departure Sunday morning:
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.