“Marvin has done some unbelievable things for that organization,” Zimmer said. “Honestly, he deserves to be there as long as he wants to be, in my opinion. I know how good of a coach Marvin Lewis is. I know what kind of person he is. I know he’s good for that community. And I know what he’s done for 99 percent of the players there. It would be a tremendous loss if he wasn’t back.”
Informed of what Zimmer said, Lewis joked, “I guess I owe him a check” before getting serious about his future.