Coach Lewis appears safe in Cincinnati

So far this season, St. Louis has fired head coach Scott Linehan and Oakland has fired head coach Lane Kiffin.

But anyone who thinks Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis could be next is off base.

Very quietly, Bengals management has informed head coach Marvin Lewis that he is welcome to coach in Cincinnati as long as wants, according to a high-level Bengals source. It is as strong an indication to date that ownership has absolutely no plans to fire its head coach, certainly not now.

As it is, Lewis has two years remaining on his contract after this season. The Bengals are not in the business of writing any head coach a check through the 2010 season to sit on the sideline. So instead, Lewis will continue patrolling there, even as speculation has begun to swirl that he could be on the firing line.

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