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Bengals prefer Jay Gruden as replacement for Marvin Lewis, per report

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Washington head coach Jay Gruden could be at or near top of the Bengals’ head-coaching wishlist.

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The Cincinnati Bengals may be targeting a former assistant to replace Marvin Lewis.

However, it may not be former offensive coordinator Hue Jackson that they’re targeting. Instead, it could be Jay Gruden who the team prefers to replace Lewis, according to a report from Ian Rapoport:

Gruden served as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator from 2011-13 before becoming the head coach in Washington. He’s actually had a productive career for a franchise that’s found it tough to have sustained success under owner Dan Snyder.

However, Gruden’s team is 6-8 this season after going 8-7-1 in 2016, so his seat is getting a little warm. Depending on how he finishes out these final two games, Washington may fire him in the offseason, or perhaps they’ll look to trade him for a draft pick to a team like Cincinnati.

Whatever happens, Gruden is now someone to keep an eye on in the Bengals’ coaching search.