Update: Marvin Lewis plans to return in 2017
According to an ESPN Radio report, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will be coaching his final game Sunday. Chris Cooley of ESPN980 reports Lewis will retire at the end of the season. The Bengals have disappointed this year, going 5-9-1 and failing to get out of Wildcard Weekend over the past decade. Lewis is 115-99-3 in his time in Cincy, having taken the team in seven of his fourteen seasons.
Current Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is expected to get some attention from many teams looking for a head coach may get his chance to lead Cincinnati. According to CincyJungle.com, Guenther could also exit the team, but to join his good friend Jay Gruden in Washington.
“Paul Guenther is one of Jay Gruden’s best friends in the world…. What do you do with your boys? Hire them,” Cooley said.
Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley could be an ideal fit should the Bengals want to bring in new blood. Haley has helped the Steelers offense become one of the best in the league, and with Andy Dalton and A.J Green, the cubbard is not bear. The Bengals, with a few tweaks, should compete for the postseason next year, and Haley could be the man to handle those expectations.