More Photos – Marvin Lewis, 12.30.09, Bengals Nation tv show, Cincinnati, OH
Marvin Lewis, who steered his second-chance roster through sudden death and relentless doubt to the Bengals’ first-ever division sweep, was named NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press on Saturday.
Lewis joined franchise founder Paul Brown as the only Bengals coach to win the prestigious award in the 53 years of balloting.
In 1970 Brown led the Baby Bengals to their first division title in just their third year of existence. Nearly 40 years later Lewis won another division title at 10-6 with one of the league’s youngest rosters, and with 20.5 votes won with relative ease over the Saints’ Sean Payton (11.5) and the Chargers’ Norv Turner (9) in voting by a panel of 50 leading sports media figures. (from bengals.com)