On Monday, the Cincinnati Bengals front office finally decided to fire the second-longest tenured head coach in the league when they relieved Marvin Lewis from his head coaching duties.
Before he walked out the door, Lewis reportedly endorsed former Browns head coach Hue Jackson to be his successor.
“I think he’s more than qualified,” Lewis said, according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com. “I think he’s been in a couple of difficult situations (in Oakland and Cleveland), and that’s tough, and it hasn’t broke his way. But I think he’s an excellent football coach, he’s a great motivator, he’s detailed. So I think he deserves an opportunity, if not here, somewhere else.”
On Wednesday, reports surfaced that the Bengals would indeed interview Jackson for the position.
The Bengals already have interviewed offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons for the job.
Jackson was fired by the Cleveland Browns at the end of October, going 3-36-1 during his time there.