Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis leaves after 16 seasons

Marvin Lewis' lengthy stint in Cincinnati has finally come to an end after the Bengals announced they have mutually parted ways with their head coach.

The 60-year-old ends his stint as the second-longest tenured head coach in the league behind the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick.

Lewis was hired by Cincinnati in January 2003 and went 131-122 at the helm, though he posted a disappointing 0-7 postseason record.

The Bengals closed out the season with a 16-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, finishing the season 6-10.

"I want to thank the Bengals' organisation, the fans and the city of Cincinnati for their support," Lewis said in quotes published on the team's website.

"I regret I haven't been able to provide them with the number-one goal of being world champions.

"I also want to thank our players, coaches and team employees for their effort and professionalism over the past 16 years. A lot of fine people have gone through this building in that time, and the organisation is better for all of them having been a part of it."

The Bengals added that they will "review many candidates" to succeed Lewis in a process that "will last several weeks".

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