By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cincinnati Bengals fired head coach Marvin Lewis on Monday after 16 seasons. There was some speculation that Lewis would retire after this season and move into a front office position.
Instead of retiring, the team elected to fire Lewis after three straight losing seasons. The Bengals went 6-10 this season.
The 60-year-old McDonald, Pennsylvania native guided the team to a 131-122-3 record. The last time Cincinnati made the playoffs was in 2015, before losing in the AFC Wild Card Round to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In his tenure, the Bengals went 0-7 in the playoffs. The team lost twice to the Steelers and the Houston Texans in the playoffs.
They also lost to the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.
After two wins to begin the 2018 season, the team went 3-3 before the team’s bye week in November. Following the bye week, the Bengals could only win one game, as they went 1-7.
The Bengals will likely consider Hue Jackson for the head coaching position. Jackson joined the team after being fired by the Cleveland Browns for the final weeks of the season as an Offensive Coach as Lewis focused on the defense.
The team is also expected to consider Vance Joseph. He was fired by the Denver Broncos after two seasons.
Before being named the Bengals Head Coach, Lewis was the Washington Redskins Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator in 2002. He also was the Baltimore Ravens Defensive Coordinator from 1996 through 2001.
He also was the Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers Coach from 1992 through 1995. He also was the Pittsburgh Panthers Linebackers Coach in 1990 and 1991.
Lewis was the New Mexico Lobos Linebackers Coach in 1987 through 1989. He was the Long Beach State 49ers Linebackers Coach in 1985 and 1986.
He began his coaching career with the Idaho State Bengals as their Linebackers Coach in 1981 and 1984.