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Marvin Lewis taking over Bengals’ defensive coordinator role, per report

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Head coach/defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Marvin Lewis made the decision to part ways with Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

Now, Lewis will take on the responsibility of fixing this defense while there’s still plenty of games left to be played for season.

Lewis is taking over the defensive play-calling duties and will run the defense going forward.

“I appreciate the hard work that Coach Austin has put into our football team, but I felt it best to make a change at this point in time, and I wish him the best,” Lewis said on Monday after the move was made official. “I will be coordinating the defense from here on out and I am excited to do that. This football team has a real chance to get back to playing winning football so we can compete for the playoffs, and that is our sole focus.”

Before being the Bengals’ head coach for the last 16 years, Lewis was the defensive coordinator for the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, regarded as one of the best defenses of all time. If anyone can fix this defense that’s currently on staff, it’s probably him.

The question will be if Lewis can manage the responsibilities of being the head coach and running the defense. That’s a lot of balls to juggle, but he apparently feels he’s the best man for the job.

And give Lewis’ credit: He’s on the hot seat if the Bengals struggle down the stretch, so this gives him the best chance of deciding his own fate.

We will update this story if any more details become available.