The Jacksonville Jaguars need a head coach that can thrive under duress.
You might know Marvin Lewis as the former head coach of the hapless Cincinnati Bengals, but he’s had a long coaching career and has been part of different staffs at both the college and NFL level. He’s currently the Arizona State co-defensive coordinator but has also held the same job for the Baltimore Ravens when they won the Super Bowl in 2000 and later for the Washington Football Team in 2003.
Lewis’ tenure in ‘Cincy’ lasted 16 years and during that span, he led the team to a 131-122 record and seven playoff berths. While that might not sound overly appealing at first, keep in mind he worked for Mike Brown, one of the stingiest owners in the NFL.
Bengals didn’t have a big scouting department, which led Lewis to undertake some of the responsibility of assessing college prospects. The former head coach had to work with limited resources and had to practically demand changes to how things were done before Brown gave in.
The fact Cincinnati was able to win some games and endure only six losing seasons in spite of Brown’s penny-pinching ways speaks volumes about Lewis’ work. Think about it, this is a team that had success on the field even though they put a cap to the amount of Gatorade players could consume.