Marvin Lewis will leave the Cincinnati Bengals after 15 season in charge, according to Adam Schefter.
Lewis is the second longest serving head coach in the NFL, behind just Bill Belichick.
After 15 seasons in Cincinnati, Marvin Lewis is planning to leave the Bengals after this season to pursue opportunities elsewhere, league sources tell ESPN.
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With the Benglas struggling for success in the playoffs under Lewis – they are 0-7 in the postseason in his tenure – there has been speculation for the past few seasons that he could leave at any time.
That speculation will end now with the confirmation that he will finally step down.
He looks to be one of a number of head coaches that will either leave or be fired from their teams over the next month or so.
Half the teams in the league could be ready to part with their head coaches.
Schefter says that Lewis is interested in coaching still and he is likely to be on a number of team’s shortlists.
If that does not materialise then he would like to work in the front office.
Lewis’ contract was due to expire at the end of the season, as were the contracts of many of his staff. It looks like the Bengals could be in for a big change.
It is not yet clear who the frontrunners for this job will be, but expect the usual names to be linked at first.
Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is thought to be a strong candidate for the job.
Hue Jackson could even be in line to return to the team where he rebuilt his reputation as an offensive coordinator.