Marvin Lewis is out as the Cincinnati Bengals head coach after 16 seasons.
Lewis helped bring the franchise up from the cellar in the AFC and finished with a 131-122-3 record, but that included a 0-7 record in the postseason. After three straight losing seasons, the Bengals are moving on from their longtime coach.
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Who would be a fit in Cincinnati, a team that will have to catch up to the rest of the AFC North?
Here are seven intriguing possibilities:
Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs offensive coordinator
Bieniemy fits the description for a multitude of reasons. He played for the Bengals from 1995-98, and he's going to get looks after his stint as the Kansas City offensive coordinator this season. The Bengals' next coach needs to get more out of veteran quarterback Andy Dalton. Bieniemy is an offensive-minded coach who fits.
Matt Eberflus, Colts defensive coordinator
The Bengals should have hired Frank Reich last offseason, but perhaps Eberflus, who played at Toledo and has worked up the defensive ladder on the NFL coaching circuit, would be a nice next-level grab. The 48-year-old would be a first-time head coach, but he beats some of the re-treads on this list.
Jim Caldwell, former head coach
The Lions let go of Caldwell after compiling a 36-28 record over four seasons. He's the only coach on this list with Super Bowl experience as a head coach, and he's a solid presence on the sideline who could do well in Cincinnati.
Hue Jackson, former Browns head coach
Why else would Jackson be brought on the staff in the middle of the season? He had success with the Bengals as an offensive coordinator under Marvin Lewis, and he will get a look. Considering the sideshow that hire became this season, however, it might be best for the Bengals to move on.
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Vance Joseph, former Broncos head coach
Joseph, who was just fired by Denver, was reportedly in the mix to be the Bengals' next defensive coordinator before Lewis' departure. That would imply the Bengals are interested, and this is a better fit than Denver. It's still a tough sell f