Lewis won't quit; Watson back

Posted: 4:35 p.m.

In responding to a story on NFL.com, head coach Marvin Lewis said Monday he has no plans to resign and plans to fulfill his five-year extension that he signed after the 2005 season.

Lewis also said the club is going to re-sign running back Kenny Watson later Monday.

NFL.com quoted a high-ranking Bengals official that Lewis has been told he can coach in Cincinnati as long as he wants. But other indications are that the subject hasn't been broached by the front office and that the focus has solely been on digging out of a hole that is now 0-5.

Lewis wouldn't confirm the story but did say he's committed to the club.

"Yes, I'm very committed," said Lewis and when asked if he'd fulfill the contract, he said "Yes."

Lewis and Bengals president Mike Brown had a rift on the re-signing of wide receiver Chris Henry, but Lewis said last week that they've had differences before and "it's no big deal."

On Monday, the day after the first time the Bengals lost five in a row under Lewis to fall to 15-24 in the regular season and 15-25 including playoffs since clinching the AFC North title on Dec. 18, 2005, he said he wants to get it back there.

"I don't think anything has ever changed here," said Lewis of the pledge through 2010. "The commitment I made whenever is that we'd see this thing all the way through and get back to where we were.

"I like everything about this team but 0-5. I like what we're doing. We're not creating enough plays, we have a very, very slim margin of error. We dug a bad hole yesterday in a place on the road that's a tough place to play against a good football team, and we had to fight out of it by creating some plays and making some plays and making something happen. It was ugly. But it wasn't totally bad."

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