Lewis won The Associated Press 2009 NFL Coach of the Year award for guiding his team to the playoffs during a season marked by tragedy.
The Bengals won the AFC North with a 10-6 record, just their second division title since 1990, both under Lewis.
He beat Sean Payton of New Orleans (11 1/2), Norv Turner of San Diego (9) and Jim Caldwell of Indianapolis (7). Andy Reid of Philadelphia and Ken Whisenhunt of Arizona had a single vote each.
“I’m flattered,” said Lewis, whose seventh season as Bengals coach ended with a 24-14 home loss to the Jets in the wild-card round. “I never took any credibility to it, that it could occur, but I am flattered. I would trade it to still be playing.
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