Marvin Lewis

Marvin Lewis

Super Bowl XXXV Champion, Former NFL Coach of the Year

Marvin Lewis is a special advisor to Head Coach Herman Edwards at Arizona State University,
and is a former NFL Head Coach for the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-2018). Lewis won AP Coach
of the Year in 2009, and is a Super Bowl champion as the defensive coordinator for the
Baltimore Ravens (2000).

Lewis began his coaching career with Idaho State as a graduate assistant, and eventually became
the linebackers coach. In his first season with the team, Idaho State won the FCS National
Championship. Lewis was also the linebackers coach for Long Beach State, New Mexico, and
the University of Pittsburgh.

He entered the NFL in 1992 as the Steelers’ linebackers coach. From 1996-2001, Lewis served
as the defensive coordinator for the Ravens. His unit allowed the fewest rushing yards (970) and
fewest points (165) in a 16-game regular season that ended in a Super Bowl XXXV victory.

Lewis began his longest coaching tenure with the Bengals in 2003. He had a career winning
percentage of .518, taking four AFC North titles. The Bengals reached the playoffs seven times
under Lewis, the most successful tenure of anyone in Cincinnati. When he won Coach of the
Year he was the first from the Bengals franchise to receive the honor since Paul Brown in 1970.
Seven of Lewis’ assistants became coaches in the NFL or college football.

Lewis was born in McDonald, Pennsylvania. He played football, baseball, and wrestled at Fort
Cherry High School. Lewis went on to play linebacker at Idaho State, and was inducted into the
Idaho State University’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.


Training Camp Confidential: Lewis Catching a Player During Bed Checks

Some guys just think they can get one over on a coach… My favorite training camp memory truly encapsulates how fun an NFL training camp story can be—at least, when you’re looking back at it in hindsight. Back when I was a (much younger) assistant coach for the Baltimore Ravens, I was doing bed checks […]


Marvin Lewis Reacts to Ranking of Bengals Defense

The Bengals’ defense took a gigantic step last year in its development. Players like D.J. Reader and Larry Ogunjobi both seem to have skillsets that compliment the outside guys. Hendrickson and Hubbard have a flexibility that allows for defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo to play around with. The direction of this defense as a whole can […]


Advanced Analytical Study on Two Point Conversions

Two point conversions are some of the most impactful plays on the football field. While they may seem simple, the randomness of two point success rates and myriad situational differences create a complicated decision. My goal is first to simplify the decision making process and create a model more accurate than current public models to […]