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Report: Marvin Lewis viewed a top candidate by several NFL front offices this off season

Marvin Lewis is currently serving as a special advisor to Herm Edwards and the Sun Devil football program, but that appears likely to change this off season, according to a report from Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora shared in a piece this morning that the former longtime Bengals head coach believes that Lewis is "well positioned to have numerous opportunities to continue his head coaching career" come January, and that several front offices view him as a top candidate in the upcoming coaching carousel that could put a premium on experience.

The report goes on to add that people close to Lewis believe he's ready to return to the NFL for the right opportunity this coming season.

Lewis led the Bengals franchise from 2003-2018, which is an eternity in the quick-to-pull-the-plug culture of thinking of NFL front offices. In that span, Lewis went 131-122-3 with two top finishes in the AFC North and seven appearances in the playoffs, including a five-year streak from 2011-2015 where they franchise won at least 9-games per season.

Another thing that has likely caught the attention of front offices is the Bengals 0-9 start in their first season not being led by Lewis, as first-time head coach Zac Taylor was tabbed to take over the franchise. Taylor took over after stops as a highly regarded assistant with the Rams and Dolphins, and as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the college level with Cincinnati.

If experience is what the NFL hiring cycle is going to covet, as they often do when not targeting the latest young coordinator like they did in last year's cycle as teams scrambled to hire the next Sean McVay, Lewis should have no shortage of options.

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