Cincinnati Bengals Marvin Lewis Wins NFL Coach Of The Year
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis won the 2009 NFL Coach of the Year by leading the team to a 10-6 record and won the AFC North Division, just their second division title since 1990. Both division titles have been under Lewis and did so with the deaths of wide receiver Chris Henry and Vikki Zimmer, the wife of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
The team rebounded from a 4-11-1 record and broke the curse of HBO’s Hard Knocks to help Lewis receive 20 1/2 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Lewis beat Sean Payton of New Orleans Saints who got 11 1/2, Norv Turner of San Diego Chargers 9 and Jim Caldwell of Indianapolis Colts 7. Andy Reid of Philadelphia Eagles and Ken Whisenhunt of Arizona Cardinals had a single vote each.
Lewis is the Bengals first Coach of the Year award winner since the team’s founder Paul Brown won the award in 1970.