Cincinnati Bengals: If Marvin Lewis Goes, Who’s Next?

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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis reacts from the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis reacts from the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 23, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; ESPN broadcaster and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders former coach Jon Gruden at Team Irvin practice at Scottsdale Community College in advance of the 2015 Pro Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 23, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; ESPN broadcaster and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders former coach Jon Gruden at Team Irvin practice at Scottsdale Community College in advance of the 2015 Pro Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Jon Gruden:

Jon Gruden is a Super Bowl winning head coach, and isn’t that the ultimate goal? Yes, but stay with me. Gruden has dealt with many egos before with Warren Sapp and Keyshawn Johnson. He knows how to deal with high paid guys and new draft picks, like Carnell “Cadillac” Williams. The most important detail is his familiarity of coaching around injuries.

He is an offensive minded coach, working as wide receivers coach with Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers. He was an offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles and then spent 11 season as a head coach with both the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His experience is a huge plus.

However, with every pro list also comes a con list. Gruden has been out of the coaching game since after the 2008 season. Eight seasons away from an ever changing game can be difficult. His defensive strengths are limited, in fact, it was one of the reasons he was fired from Tampa Bay, was a late defensive collapse to go from top team in the NFC to missing the playoffs completely.

Jon Gruden has a varied history of winning and losing, which is good when looking at head coaches to see how they handle adversity. Although his high points are still strong, their might be a better option out there.

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