Former Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis Has Interviewed For The Lions Coaching Job

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One name that is going to get plenty of attention with the NFL regular season ending as a possible coaching candidate is that of former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.

Lewis’ name has been bantered about for awhile for possible jobs inside the NFL, but one team has reportedly already sat down with the 62-year-old head coach, that being the Detroit Lions.

Detroit has had a tough 2020, as the club sits in last in the NFC North at 5-10, and the team fired coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn back in late November.

Lewis spent 16 seasons as Bengals head coach from 2003 to 2018, and in that time amassed a mark of 131-122-3, winning the NFL Coach of the Year award in 2009 when he led Cincinnati to a mark of 10-6.

He also led Cincinnati to seven playoff appearances, but each time the Bengals lost their first playoff game.

The Lions are also going to need a GM for Quinn, and reports say the team has talked to a couple of in-house candidates about the position.

Kyle O’Brien, Lance Newmark and Rob Lohman, and external candidates Rick Smith, Thomas Dimitroff, Scott Pioli and Louis Riddick have all gotten interviews already about the job.

Since Lewis left the Bengals after the 2018 season, he has been with Arizona State University, first serving as a special advisor in 2019 before being promoted to co-defensive coordinator this year.

Another name to keep in mind for the Lions coaching job is that of San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

Saleh was expected to get some looks last season as a possible head coach after helping led the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. Marvin Lewis May be a good man but going to the playoffs and being eliminated right away all seven times isn’t good. Also, if I remember correctly, the Bengals during his tenure had mucho problems with player misbehavior, including arrests. I thought he should have lost that gig way before he did.

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