Marvin Lewis is already thinking about life after coaching.
However, Lewis doesn’t sound like he’ll be leaving the NFL anytime soon. Once his coaching career is over, Lewis wants to dip into the front-office ranks.
In an interview with ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, Lewis opened up about his plans for life after coaching, and he even admitted he can see himself working there alongside former coaches who worked under him.
“Oh, I would love to, but I can’t write that script… I would work for Hue [Jackson], I’d work for Mike [Zimmer], I’d work for Jay [Gruden]. I’d work for Mike McCarthy or whoever it would be, do whatever they needed me to do,” Lewis said. “Ozzie [Newsome], somebody that I would like and I’d work my [tail] off for. But I don’t know if I can do that; I don’t know that’s available."
While front-office life is something Lewis can see for himself, it won’t be with the Bengals. It’s not that he doesn’t want to, but he’s not taking that job from Duke Tobin, who is effectively the Bengals’ general manager.
“No, Duke [Tobin, the director of player personnel] already has that,” Lewis said. “It’s already Duke. He just doesn’t have the [general manager] title, but that’s what he does. It wouldn’t fit. When the time comes and Mike steps aside and they put him fully in charge, he’s going to need his own space.”
Reading the full interview, it certainly sounds like Lewis doesn’t want to end his his Bengals coaching career anytime soon, at least that’s the impression he gave off. He also reiterated that his job status is secure based on what owner Mike Brown told him last January. Saying, “We reassured it last January the day after we lost in the playoffs.”
Lewis also went into detail about the relationship he has with Brown and what makes him such a special owner.
“All he knows is the business. He’s been involved in it the whole time… Mr. Rooney still comes in the locker room after we play [the Steelers] to see me. Those are special people. That’s why when I came here to take this job, I think in their mind, I was a good fit. I had worked for a family-owned organization, so it was similar. I had been a part of Baltimore and Pittsburgh, which were family-owned. It’s different when a family is involved, more involved.”