Marvin Lewis Bengals Coach Fate
52-year-old Marvin Lewis has had a long career coaching football. Most recently, he was defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens from 1996-2001 and for the Washington Redskins in 2002. He beat out a pool of competitors, including current New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, for the job in Cincinnati. He became head coach of the Bengals in 2003. The Associated Press named Lewis NFL coach of the year in 2009, as the Bengals went 10-6 after two losing seasons.
However, Lewis’ fate in Cincinnati is now in jeopardy as the Bengals went 4-12 in 2010. Lewis addressed the team late Monday morning. He had planned to initially sit down with Bengals president Mike Brown to discuss the season. Bengals safety Chris Crocker said everyone wants Lewis back. Crocker had been on injured reserve this season after a knee injury.
Those who are close to Lewis also believe that he wants to remain with the Bengals. However, he is reportedly on the list of candidates for the University of Pittsburgh coaching job.
Veteran wideouts Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco may be leaving the team, as Owens skipped the team’s meeting and Ochocinco skipped the press conference. Their nameplates had been removed from their lockers. The Bengals may be in for more change next season with up-and-coming receivers Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell.