Marvin Lewis

Marvin Lewis

Super Bowl Champion Coach

Marvin Lewis is a special advisor to the head coach at Arizona State. A former NFL head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-2018), Lewis won AP Coach of the Year in 2009, and was the defensive coordinator on the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl-championship team in 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.


Super Bowl LVII Provides Compelling Contrast of Styles

Super Bowl LVII boasts plenty of obvious storylines — Andy Reid, the Kelce brothers, and a historic matchup of MVP front-runners in Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts. There’s also a contrast that stands out to coaches Marvin Lewis and Dave Wannstedt — the old-school style of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Kansas City Chiefs’ high-voltage attack.


NFL Teams Should Again Be Allowed to Dress 3 Quarterbacks

The 49ers lost both of their quarterbacks (Brock Purdy, Josh Johnson) to injury during Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Eagles. Marvin Lewis and Dave Wannstedt think it’s time the NFL amends its roster policy and allows teams to once again dress three quarterbacks each game.


AFC Championship More Proof That Chiefs’ Mahomes Is NFL’s MVP

Patrick Mahomes‘ approach to the entire week leading up the AFC Championship Game showed his drive, toughness and professionalism, Marvin Lewis says. Dave Wannstedt took the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback’s performance Sunday one step further, saying Mahomes left little doubt who the MVP should be.


NFC Championship a Defensive Chess Match Between Eagles, 49ers

The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense might just be the one to force a bad day out of 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy, and the 49ers’ defense faces the challenge of slowing the Eagles’ cadre of pass-catchers. Mike Zimmer and Marvin Lewis break down the NFC Championship, and how the two teams and their talented defenses will […]


AFC Championship is Bengals’ to Lose With Ailing Mahomes

The Bengals’ pass-rush strategy is due to change because of Patrick Mahomes‘ ankle injury, and the team has had Mahomes’ and Kansas City’s number when they’ve met recently. Those are just two of the angles Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer explore during their preview of the AFC Championship Game.


Can Cowboys Ride Road Warrior Mentality to Victory over 49ers?

Former NFL head coaches Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer preview the Cowboys vs. 49ers Divisional Round matchup. Dallas is playing their fourth straight road game, and it is coming against the best scoring defense in the NFL. The 49ers will look to knock Dak Prescott back off of his game. However, the Cowboys offense, which […]


Cowboys’ Parsons Can Wreck Any Game Plan, Even Tom Brady’s

Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer discuss Micah Parsons and the impact he can have on a football game for the Cowboys, who have positioned him more on the line recently. Parsons will have his hands full with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Monday, but expect Parsons to make his presence felt.

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