The Bengals and head coach Marvin Lewis went their separate ways after the 2018 season, bringing his 16-year run to an end. This week, Lewis signed on to serve as an advisor for Herman Edwards‘ Arizona State program, and sources close to Lewis believe he’s keeping his toe in coaching with an eye on getting back into the NFL in 2020 (Twitter link via Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson).
Lewis, 61 in September, went 131-122-3 with the Bengals, giving him the most wins in franchise history. While Lewis inherited one of the worst teams in the NFL and turned them into a winner, his legacy is marred by the Bengals 0-7 playoff record during his tenure.
In a league obsessed with energetic and young coaching hires, it remains to be seen whether Lewis can garner consideration for head coaching roles. Still, given Lewis’ reputation as a defensive mind and his track record as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator, a DC job is certainly not out of the question.