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Cincinnati Bengals' Marvin Lewis deflects questions on retirement

By Jeff Wallner, The Sports Xchange
Cincinnati Bengals' Marvin Lewis deflects questions on retirement
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis gestures to the officials during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on September 18, 2016. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis would neither confirm or deny reports that he will retire following the season.

Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Lewis deflected questions about his future after former Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley cited a team source on his Sunday morning radio show "Cooley & Kevin" on ESPN 980 that Lewis would retire.

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"The idea is that (Lewis) has been slowly packing up the office, though, slowly putting the pieces away so next Sunday, he can get home, have a little meeting and say, 'See ya, I'm going to spend some time in Arizona and play some golf,'" Cooley said.

Lewis bristled at reporters during his weekly news conference Wednesday at Paul Brown Stadium.

"It's unfortunate," Lewis said of the reports. "We can talk about (Sunday's game) the Ravens. But if you want to talk about (the reports), talk to someone else."

Lewis is 117-103-3 in 14 seasons as the Bengals' head coach. He led them to seven playoff appearances - including five straight heading into this season, but is 0-7 in postseason games.

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Cincinnati is 5-9-1 and eliminated from playoff contention heading into Sunday's season finale against Baltimore. Lewis is the second-most tenured NFL coach behind New England's Bill Belichick. He signed a one-year contract extension last offseason.

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