Detroit Lions discuss coaching vacancy with Marvin Lewis


The Detroit Lions have already spoken to several candidates about the opening of the team’s general manager. But over the past week, they spoke with former Cincinnati Bengals manager Marvin Lewis about possibly replacing Matt Patricia as the franchise’s head coach, according to a team source familiar with the talks.

Lewis, 62, coached the Bengals for 16 seasons from 2003 to 18. There he accumulated a record of 131-122-3 and brought the team to the playoffs seven times. Unfortunately, he failed to lead the franchise to a post-season win before he was fired two years ago.

In 2019, Lewis joined Herm Edwards’ staff in Arizona as a special advisor. That season, Lewis switched to a coaching role and became the team’s co-defensive coordinator. The Sun Devils only played four games in a COVID-shortened season, finishing the conference 2-2, while allowing 23.3 points per game in the conference matchups.

Prior to Cincinnati, Lewis built a reputation for being one of the game’s best defensive minds. He coordinated a Baltimore Ravens unit that finished in the top 5 in two yards and scored his last three seasons with the franchise. That run included a Super Bowl XXXV victory in 2001.

The interview process for Detroit’s general manager and head coach openings is expected to begin in the next two weeks. The organization can finally interview GM candidates who are currently employed by other teams.

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The NFL network reports that the Lions plan to compete against the current general manager of Seahawks, John Schneider. Although he still has a year left on his current contract, there is a possibility that he will be prosecuted as coach Pete Carroll has final decision-making authority on the team’s roster while the Lions Tailors could maintain full control.

In eleven years with the Seahawks, Schneider has made the franchise one of the league’s enduring powerhouses. During this stretch, the team has won five championship titles, qualified nine times for the postseason, and made two trips to the Super Bowl, winning the title in 2014.