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Vegas bets Marvin Lewis is fired in 2018

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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 11: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Paul Brown Stadium on August 11, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 11: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Paul Brown Stadium on August 11, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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The Cincinnati Bengals extended head coach Marvin Lewis during this offseason, but Vegas thinks that he is a front-runner to be fired.

It’s safe to say that fans were outraged when the Cincinnati Bengals decided to extend Marvin Lewis another two seasons this offseason. Considering the disappointing two seasons the last two years, it makes absolutely no sense. Tag on his 0-7 record in the playoffs, and it’s hard not to be outraged.

It would seem that owner Mike Brown is too loyal and uncomfortable with making changes when needed. Keeping a quarterback who hasn’t won a playoff game in 15 years is mind-blowing, to say the least. While he earned his extension this offseason, how safe is he? Are the Bengals an organization willing to put a hot seat on their head coach?

According to Las Vegas oddsmakers, Lewis is one of the top candidates to be the first head coach fired this season per to Dave Clark of the Cincinnati Enquirer. It would be wild for the Bengals to fire their head coach during the regular season. However, the team fired their offensive coordinator Ken Zampese after week two last season which was the first time the franchise had fired a coordinator during the season.

  • Hue Jackson (Browns) 5-1
  • Dirk Koetter (Buccaneers) 7-1
  • Vance Joseph (Broncos) 7-1
  • Marvin Lewis (Bengals) 9-1
  • Jay Gruden (Washington) 9-1

Seeing Lewis get fired would bring relief to many Bengals fans. With offensive coordinator Bill Lazor moving up and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin already getting talked about as a head coach candidate each offseason, Cincinnati has coaches that could step up and take over the role. Brown has been scared to move on from the longtime coach for years and firing Lewis mid-season would be a surprise.

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I personally would be surprised to see Cincinnati fire Lewis mid-season. The team would have to start off disastrous for me to believe this could happen. Given all the coaching and player personnel additions this offseason, there’s nowhere else to place the blame for a lousy season than the head coach. Will Bengals fans get what they’ve been asking for?

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