The Cincinnati Bengals apparently believe that more of the same mediocrity is a good thing.

They proved their misguided direction on Tuesday when they unexpectedly retained head coach Marvin Lewis, just when a lot of fans were excited to be rid of the less-than-stellar head coach who has had 15 years to fail to win a single playoff game.

Despite the indications that the team has needed new direction and a fresh vision the past several seasons, the Bengals continue to buck popular opinion.

Continuing on that troubling and confusing path, Cincinnati has decided to retain offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.

The Bengals announced that they have signed Lazor to an extension on Wednesday but did not release any further details.

“We have a lot of talent on this roster and I am excited for the opportunity to build the high-powered offense we have the potential to be. This offseason will give us the chance to continue the success we had at the end of the year as we develop into a dynamic offense in 2018,” Lazor said in a statement.

Lazor took over as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator in September after the team failed to score a touchdown in the first two games under former OC Ken Zampese.

While it’s fair to argue that Lazor deserves a second chance, or a full season, to prove himself, it’s hard to have faith in an organization that has been so resistant to sensible changes.

However, the Bengals will be in the market for a new defensive coordinator in the wake of Paul Guenther’s departure.