Marvin Lewis doesn’t miss the NFL, may not watch games

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Marvin Lewis coached the Bengals for 16 years. He worked as an assistant in the NFL for 11 years before that. With nearly three full decades in the NFL, has it been a difficult transition for Lewis to leave pro football?

No, it has not,” Lewis recently told Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio.

Does he miss it?

“I do not.”

Will he return at some point?

“I don’t think so. I’m fine.”

Lewis was talkative in response to most of Gelb’s questions. But the answers became short and quick when certain topics came up, like why did the Bengals fail in the postseason on his watch?

“The other team ended up with more points,” Lewis said.

Lewis, who will work with former NFL coach Herm Edwards at Arizona State this year after giving TV a test drive, sounds like he won’t be paying much/any attention to pro football in 2019.

“I don’t know,” Lewis said. “I watched games because it had an affect on things I was doing and so forth and strategically and so forth if I had an opportunity to watch another game. But I’d probably spend more time watching golf on TV than football, and with my responsibilities here at ASU, I’ll probably be a little busy on Sundays.”

Lewis also made it clear that he’s “happy and excited” doing what he’s doing now, when asked about a potential return to the NFL. And it became clear that, while Lewis possibly didn’t rule out a return to the NFL at some point, 27 years was more than enough, at least for the time being.

42 responses to “Marvin Lewis doesn’t miss the NFL, may not watch games

  1. Dude was so lucky to last more than 5 years.

    If hard knocks had filmed his ineptitude…..damn, a more mature version of HugeJackson.

  2. That is one salty cat. I’m certainly no Bengal’s fan, but he straight stole from that organization. I have a funny feeling they’re going to play pretty good ball this year. Sometimes change is good. I believe this is one of those times.

  3. He was the first Bengals coach to do anything in a long long time. Most are ungrateful for his run, but thanks for at least making the Bengals watchable.

  4. I don’t think he is being salty. He was lucky enough to have more years as a coach then he deserved and I think that was his biggest burden. All that coaching and not much to show for it. Players might think they work their butts off, but it’s coaches who take this game home with them and put in more hours than anyone. I can see him just being burnt out after all his years and not wanting to dwell on it right now. That is actually a good thing he should be more focused on his current career.

  5. Probably sitting on at least 20 million dollars and is close to 60 years old. You figure it out

  6. And the only people who miss Marvin are the Cincy fans who were pleased with breaking .500 for the season.

  7. stoneydog1000 says:
    June 16, 2019 at 5:35 pm
    He deserves a medal having to deal with Mike Brown all those years.

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    Yep. A lot of shade thrown at a guy who kept his team in the playoffs or close to it while being severely handicapped by ownership. During Lewis time as the Bengals HC he took over the team in 2003 and rebuilt it by 2005 only to have to rebuild in 2007, rebuild in 2010, rebuild in 2014 and was back in yet another rebuild last year. Considering he had to go into rebuild mode on average every 3 years and yet still came up with ways to win speaks to how good of a coach Marvin Lewis is.

  8. Same old haters. Look at the record. Lewis had the same success as Jon Grudin, Dennis Green, Lovey Smith, and numerous other NFL coaches. The difference is he saved the Cincinnati franchise. He lasted 16 years because he was steady, trusted, and the players always played for him. I was one who believed it was time to make a change in Cincy but the fans still owe Lewis for the professional way he went about his job.

    I don’t blame him for not feeling a burning need to return to the NFL. Why subject yourself to listening to a bunch of half whits, that couldn’t coach their way out of a paper bag, much less coach winning teams at any level, expound on your deficiencies?

  9. Sounds like a man who lost the passion years ago but hung on for the paycheck and chance to get his son established into his coaching career

  10. “b412 says:
    June 16, 2019 at 7:21 pm
    Same old haters. Look at the record.”

    We are looking at the record. 9 games above .500. Only 7 winning seasons out of 16. 0 for 7 in the playoffs. Only in Cincinnati, where the ineptitude reached record levels, could you consider his record a success.

    I feel for you. You think this is laudable when it’s laughable.

  11. He should of resigned years ago. He should be shamed by the Bengals Fan Base,probably the reason they never got over the hump, because Mr> Lewis had no heart for the game, let alone to even give 2 craps.

  12. Ray Lewis earned this Marvin Lewis’ paychecks for him.

    He was the definition of mediocre as a head coach, or perhaps worse when you consider his playoff record.

  13. Herm Edwards did a real nice job for ASU last year. I wouldn’t be so quick to say working at ASU isn’t a good thing for Lewis and the players.

  14. He wasn’t really watching the games when he was on the sidelines so no big deal. He was just going through the motions he obviously doesn’t love football.

  15. I don’t believe he watched NFL football the past few years so at least the transition won’t be difficult.

  16. Everyone I have known that has worked for the NFL doesn’t watch the NFL. That isn’t a number larger than 2 but I am thinking it is common.

  17. venomraider says:
    June 16, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    stoneydog1000 says:
    June 16, 2019 at 5:35 pm
    He deserves a medal having to deal with Mike Brown all those years.

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    Yep. A lot of shade thrown at a guy who kept his team in the playoffs or close to it while being severely handicapped by ownership. During Lewis time as the Bengals HC he took over the team in 2003 and rebuilt it by 2005 only to have to rebuild in 2007, rebuild in 2010, rebuild in 2014 and was back in yet another rebuild last year. Considering he had to go into rebuild mode on average every 3 years and yet still came up with ways to win speaks to how good of a coach Marvin Lewis is.

    Do a little research before whining about Mike Brown being cheap. This isn’t the 90’s!
    You realize that part of the CBA calls for teams to spend a certain percentage of the salary
    cap. (Under the prior edition of the CBA, beginning in 2006 each team had to pay a guaranteed Minimum Team Salary of 84% of the Salary Cap. Each year that percentage went up by 1.2%) Also remember that all of the Brown family’s money has been made from football in one way or another. It’s not like a lot of current owners who were billionaires before even buying an
    NFL franchise. Also, Cincinnati is one of the smaller markets in the league and as mentioned before, the Brown family doesn’t have “Billions from a Tech Company), to fall back on.

    Now when Mike Brown first took over the Bengals, (1991), ABSOLUTELY he was a cheap a$$!!

    But over the last 10+ seasons, the Bengals have actually been in the top half of the league
    as far as money spent against the cap.

  18. ANDRE B says:
    June 16, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    Hard for Marvin Lewis to miss the NFL when he wasn’t really successful at it….“
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    i don’t know man an overall winning record and tens of millions in the bank i think he was successful

  19. One thing for sure Bengal fans like myself will not miss his arrogant press conferences.

  20. There isn’t a human nature-exposing story than the ballad of Marvin Lewis. I remember the 90’s when we were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs before the season started. Marvin came in and immediately turned the team around. And yes, Mike Brown had been extremely tight-fisted both in payroll and in control. But whether it be getting older or Marvin’s influence, Mike Brown eased up on that too. The Bengals then enjoyed a stretch of success (at least in the regular season). The pinnacle was that Steelers playoff game that they would have won had it not been for an unfathomable series of events at the end. That game really seemed to break the franchise. Then started the decline of the past few years and the need to move on to a fresh start. But human nature being what it is, everyone wants to throw stones at the man. Why do we have to hate someone because of recent failure instead of being appreciative of how he brought the Bengals back to life? I agree, he had his major flaws as a coach (clock management, hesitancy to play rookies, etc) and he did seem to basically give up at the end. But I respect him for bringing competitive football back to Cincinnati and for convincing Mike Brown to relinquish his dictator-like and penny-pinching rule.

  21. Lewis seemed to lose interest in the NFL and the Bengals several seasons ago and was just going through the motions. Just a classic case of someone staying at a job too long.

  22. Were it not for all of the empty seats Marvin would still be coaching the Bengals.

    Mike B.

  23. This guy…LMAO. Marvin should have been fired a decade ago. Everyone in Cincinnati got tired of hearing his worn out “do your job” mantra. Add in his horrible clock management, 0-7 playoff record, and his condescending press conferences and good riddance loser. Why anyone team in the NFL would even consider this clown for any position…let alone another head coaching opportunity is beyond me. As Dennis Green would say..”He is what we think he is”.

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