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Tuesday, January 02, 2018 1:00 am

After meeting, Lewis' future still undecided

Associated Press

CINCINNATI – Coach Marvin Lewis talked to owner Mike Brown about his future with the Bengals on Monday, but they reached no conclusions and planned more discussions.

The Bengals failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season, and Lewis' contract is finished after his 15th year in Cincinnati. He said Monday that he's not sure he'll be back. He and Brown had a general discussion about the team's future.

“If his direction is different than my direction, it's probably not good,” Lewis said. “So we just have to make sure we're all on the same page.”

Lewis said he has no interest into moving into a front office job.

The front office decided to go with a youth movement this season, giving Lewis one of his least-experienced teams.

The Bengals' 31-27 victory over the Ravens on Sunday left them 7-9, their second straight losing season after reaching the playoffs five straight years.

Lewis said Monday that the organization has to do a better job of building a team that can win the AFC North. During his 15 seasons in Cincinnati, he's lobbied for more sway over the makeup of the roster.

Lewis has the second-longest active tenure with an NFL team behind Bill Belichick's 18 seasons in New England. Belichick's Patriots have won five Super Bowls and made two other appearances in the title game. Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs, the worst postseason coaching mark in NFL history.

The Bengals reached the playoffs five consecutive seasons from 2011-15, a franchise record, but lost in the opening round each time – another NFL record for futility. They haven't won a playoff game since the 1990 season, the sixth-longest streak of coming up empty in league history.

Arians retires

Bruce Arians, one of the NFL's biggest personalities, is retiring from coaching after five mostly successful and usually entertaining seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

The 65-year-old two-time NFL Coach of the Year, known for his Kangol-style hats, colorful vocabulary and wide-open “no risk it, no biscuit” offense, announced the decision in an emotional session with the media Monday.

“It's been an unbelievable journey,” he said. “The tears you see are really tears of joy and peace. I'll miss the players. I'll miss coming out of the locker room hearing the national anthem because it still gets to me.”

He was 50-32-1 in five seasons with the Cardinals, including a 4-1 mark in Seattle. The Cardinals were 1-2 in playoff games under him. Counting his stint as interim coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Arians went 59-35-1 as a head coach, including the playoffs.

Jackson survives

One day after an inconceivable season ended without a win, Cleveland's Hue Jackson was grateful to still have his job and took steps to sooth an angry fan base and players who may have doubts about him.

Jackson somehow survived the Browns' 0-16 season, but it will leave scars.

“This is going to be next to my name for the rest of my life,” he said Monday. “This is part of my legacy now, some of the players that are here, the coaches that are here, everybody.”

For weeks, Jackson, who has managed to stay in the good graces of owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam despite a 1-31 record over two seasons, and the Browns did all they could to reject the possibility of football infamy. But with Sunday's 28-24 loss in Pittsburgh , they joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to lose all 16 games.

Broncos coach staying

John Elway is giving Vance Joseph another chance.

The Broncos general manager decided to retain his rookie head coach Monday following a 5-11 season that was in many ways the franchise's worst since Denver's dismal AFL days in the 1960s.

“Vance and I had a great talk this morning about our plan to attack this offseason and get better as a team,” Elway tweeted. “We believe in Vance as our head coach. Together, we'll put in the work to improve in all areas and win in 2018.”

Aiding that effort, they'll have the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft in April.

Plus, Elway is expected to embark on yet another veteran QB search after watching his offense regress under the turnstile trio of Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch, all of them his draft picks.