Jets Interview Former Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis

Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is making the rounds, having already spoken with the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans. Now a third lousy team, the New York Jets, has emerged as a suitor for Lewis.

The Jets made the Lewis interview public via a press release, though whether that news will excite Jets fans is another matter. Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs as a head coach.

He has a career record of 131-122-3 in the regular season, all with the Bengals. That and his playoff mark aren’t overly impressive, to say the least. But he did guide the Bengals to four NFC North titles in his 15 seasons (2003-18). He also finished with six seasons of 10 wins or more as well.

“He walks in the door with gravitas and should be able to command the respect of players immediately,” wrote Brian Costello of the New York Post. “The Jets have stressed they are looking for a leader. Lewis fits that bill.”

The Jets’ opening has also been linked to Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, along with a few others.

Lewis has spent the previous two seasons at Arizona State as the defensive coordinator under former NFL coach Herm Edwards.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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    • I have to disagree with your take. Marvin Jones was never a bad coach, but he NEVER won a playoff game. The Jets need to find a coach that either is an up and comer who has earned an opportunity or a coach with a playoff winning pedigree. If they go the black coach route, at the very least try their best to pry Bienemy away from the Chiefs. Hiring Lewis looks more like an Affirmative Action hire. I feel the same way about White coaches who keep getting jobs without showing any playoff wins or playoff runs on their resume. Lewis had well over a decade to show what he had and failed. That doesn’t call for a chance at a new job

  1. Ok guys, his name is Marvin Lewis. And I think it would be a decent hire. He took a franchise that was the laughingstock of the league and turned it into a playoff team. Yes, he never won a playoff game but I think with the resources that the Jets have and an owner who actually cares about the team Lewis could help right the ship.

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