Marvin Lewis endorses Hue Jackson to be Bengals head coach

Rooney Rule and Minority Hires Will Be Under Intense Scrutiny if Majority of African American Coaches are Fired

They made the playoffs in 2016, his first year, but lost 30-12 at Pittsburgh. Despite being given a vote of confidence during last year's offseason by the team's owner, Lewis led the Bengals to a 6-10 record making them the worst team in the AFC North.

The Bengals coach was sacked after 16 seasons with the organization, ending his stint as the second-longest tenured head coach in the league.

ESPN.com's Dianna Russini reported the firing on Monday morning.

Lewis hired Jackson as a special assistant after the Browns fired him during the season. Lewis won a lot of games over his career with the Bengals.

By the end of the season, 18 players were on injured reserve, including quarterback Andy Dalton, star wideout A.J.

The Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, and Denver Broncos all fired their coaches Monday, joining the New York Jets (Todd Bowles) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Dirk Koetter), who moved on from their coaches Sunday night, and the Green Bay Packers (Mike McCarthy) and Cleveland Browns (Hue Jackson), both of whom fired their coaches in midseason.

Lewis isn't the only coach to be fired today.

Lewis should find his feet in no time, as he has plenty of expertise.

There was a silver lining for the Cardinals, who get the number one overall draft pick courtesy of finishing last.

While Lewis' 131 career victories are the most in team history and tied for 24th in National Football League history, his 122 losses bring his regular-season winning percentage down to.520. From a New England perspective, where the longest-tenured head coach doesn't appear to ready to retire, the openings present opportunties for teams to poach either offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels or de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores from Bill Belichick's staff.

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