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Rumor: Marvin Lewis to retire at the end of the season

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm EST

According to a report, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will retire following Sunday’s game. ESPN980’s Chris Cooley mentioned that his days are numbers with the Bengals.

Recently, there was a report from Forbes that mentioned that Lewis would be fired after the season. It’s going to be the Bengals first losing season since 2010.

Marvin Lewis (Getty Images)

Marvin Lewis (Getty Images)

“From somebody I know in Cincinnati, Marvin Lewis will retire at the end of the year, slash, be asked to retire,” former Washington Redskins tight end said on The Cooley & Kevin show. “Which is the only information I know.”

Cooley also mentioned that if Lewis retires, Paul Guenther could leave the Bengals and become the Redskins defensive coordinator.

“Paul Gunther is one of Jay Gruden’s best friends in the world … What do you do with your boys? Hire them,” Cooley added. “The idea is that he’s (Marvin Lewis) been slowly packing up the office though. Slowly putting the pieces away so next Sunday, he can get home, have a little meeting and say see ya, I’m going to spend some time in Arizona and play some golf.”

Gruden was previously the Bengals offensive coordinator before being hired by the Redskins. The 45-year-old Guenther has been with Lewis since the 2005 season. Prior to working with the Bengals, he was an assistant coach with the Washington Redskins under Steve Spurrier in 2002 and 2003.

Joe Barry is the Redskins defensive coordinator. He’s been the Washington coordinator for the past two seasons.

This contradicts a December interview that Lewis had with the Cincinnati Enquirer. In the interview, he said he’ll be back if he’s asked to coach the team in 2017.

“Coaches don’t fear being replaced,” Lewis said. “Unless the teams in front of us fall on their faces, we have to wait so long to get back to it (next year), and then it seems like (the season) just goes too quickly.”

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