Who should be the next coach?
If the Bengals decide to move on from Marvin Lewis there are numerous promising candidates. Lewis has many great features that made him successful: a steady demeanor, excellent defensive mind and rapport building with players are just a few. Yet, there comes a time when the steady voice becomes old and hoarse. A new voice with new excitement could do the Bengals some good. This voice needs to be experienced, enthusiastic and able to communicate with the modern generation of players. Even next year, the Bengals won’t be rebuilding and will need a coach who is ready to win.
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Jim Mora Jr has had two failed stints in the NFL as a head coach with Atlanta and Seattle. Similarly, both Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll both failed as head coaches in the NFL before winning Super Bowls with their teams. Much like Carroll, Mora Jr has been successful in the college game and brings energy and excitement wherever he goes. His experience in the NFL and his DNA gives him a unique perspective as a coach. No doubt former defensive coordinator Mora would love another NFL opportunity and the Bengals rabid defense would be a great fit.
"Marvin Lewis is a good man and a solid football coach. However, unless he can lead the Bengals beyond the Wild Card round it will be time for a newer, younger voice. 2016 is the year for Marvin Lewis to win, or go home."