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 3, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (C) waves to fans while walking off the field after the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. The Eagles won 35-30. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (C) waves to fans while walking off the field after the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. The Eagles won 35-30. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

Tom Coughlin

Yes, I know he seems ancient. I mean the man is 70 years old after all. That may be true, but with age come experience and success. Tom Coughlin has three Super Bowl rings. He’s taken a good quarterback and made him a two time super bowl championship quarterback. He even has experience with starting a team from scratch.

He has 20 years in the NFL as a head coach under his belt. Just like Gruden, he has been in both the AFC and NFC. The biggest concern with Gruden goes out the window with Coughlin, as he is just one year removed from his last head coaching job.

He turned both Eli Manning and Mark Brunell into NFL caliber QB’s. Helped Fred Taylor become a solid runnnig back in the NFL. He is passionate and shows emotion, something the Bengals lack with Marvin Lewis. He has a strong offensive focus but is well rounded as he knows defense as well.

His cons are there, just like any head coach. Coughlin is getting up there in age and health can be a point of concern. He is not a players coach as much as Lewis is, which could cause a rift in the locker room, just ask Tiki Barber.

Coughlin said on Monday Night Football that:

"“I don’t know. I really don’t. I mean, I say that I would be interested in listening, and then I say on the other hand, it better be a good opportunity.”"

The Bengals would be a great opportunity, especially with the pieces that are already in place for the next few years. Although, it is never a perfect opportunity when a coaching change is made, promoting Marvin Lewis and bringing in Coughlin would be as close as you can get.

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