Pitched forward, forearms on his knees, Marvin Lewis laughed behind dark sunglasses and underneath a black baseball hat. Andy Reid, seated to Lewis’ right, smiled with him. The two men are about to enter a combined 36th season as head coaches on NFL sidelines in 2018, Reid celebrating his 20th season overall and sixth in Kansas City, Lewis his 16th in Cincinnati. Down below the pair of coaches on the Eastern bleachers of Ladd-Peebles Stadium was Ohio State alumnus Mike Vrabel, the newly minted head coach of the Tennessee Titans, entertaining waves of media. Lewis and Reid, 308 victories between them, couldn’t help but notice the attention on the newest kid on the coaching block as they talked quietly, and anonymously, with each other. A day later, Lewis sat comfortably for a quiet interview in the downtown Mobile hotel the Bengals coaches and front office set up shop in. He’s in the rarefied coaching air of Bill Belichick and Reid regarding how long he’s been doing the job, but as he begins a new Bengals season Lewis is relaxed, as excited for what is to come as those getting their first bite at the apple. “I feel really good where we’re starting from,” he told The Enquirer. “I think we’ve got a lot of work ahead. We’ve got the systems on both sides of the football to refine, redefine, whatever the word is, and that’s going to be important and that’s going to be our challenge right away for the coaches. So that when we roll it out to the players in April they feel great about things and right from the start.” The Senior Bowl is, really, the first opportunity for all of the new assistant coaches on Lewis’ staff to meet, let alone talk and trade ideas. Bengals owner and president Mike Brown called it one of the biggest coaching turnovers he can remember, citing the injection of fresh ideas as much needed.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is ready for another run
Cincinnati Enquirer | Jan 25