Bengals had no choice but to fire Marvin Lewis

Marvin Lewis

NFL Head Coach Firings: Marvin Lewis In Cincinnati, Adam Gase In Miami, Vance Joseph In Denver, Steve Wilks In Arizona

The list of National Football League head coaching vacancies doubled Monday morning, as a flurry of firings the day after the regular season brought the total to eight.

The Cincinnati Bengals fired head coach Marvin Lewis, but who he endorsed is not surprising. That's a significant decline from the previous two seasons under Gary Kubiak, when the Broncos went 21-11 in the regular season and won a Super Bowl.

Marvin Lewis was once at the helm of a consistent victor, guiding the Cincinnati Bengals to four straight seasons with at least 10 wins, including a 12-win campaign in 2015.

"I want to thank the Bengals' organization, the fans and the city of Cincinnati for their support", Lewis said in the statement.

Denver fired Vance Joseph after a 6-10 season. Whether or not he gets the job could come down to just how strong Lewis' opinion still matters to the organization, and how willing decision-makers are to think that Jackson has simply been a victim of circumstance. "I regret I haven't been able to provide them with the No. 1 goal of being world champions".

Former Bengals' HC Marvin Lewis will have options for his future: coaching, front-office work or TV. Lewis is leaving with a 131-122-3 record and is leaving with the most playoff wins but the dark cloud is the 8-26 record against major rival The Pittsburg Steelers.

Hue Jackson and Marvin Lewis have enjoyed a close relationship during their coaching careers.

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

It had been rumored that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was particularly unhappy with Gase after the team's Week 16 loss to the Jaguars, and Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Bills to end the year sealed Gase's fate.

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