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Getting to know Marvin Lewis

Former Bengals coach is mentor to Antonio Pierce

NCAA Football: Arizona State at Washington State
Marvin Lewis
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A new face was roaming Allegiant Stadium in Week 15 as former longtime NFL coach Marvin Lewis was seen wearing Las Vegas Raiders gear.

It’s no surprise and its extremely possible Lewis will be seen often around the team.

It wouldn’t be a surprise at all if Lewis winds on up on the Raiders’ coaching staff in 2024 if interim coach Antonio Pierce is promoted to the full-time head coach.

Lewis was one of three former NFL coaches (along with Tom Coughlin and Adam Gase) to consult with the team prior to Week 14’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. It’s possible Lewis will remain around the team the rest of the season.

NFL sources have told Silver and Black Pride that Lewis has been an advisor to Pierce since he took over as the interim head coach after Josh McDaniels was fired October 31.

Pierce and Lewis were on Herm Edwards staff at Arizona State and Lewis has long been a coaching mentor to pierce, who is in just his second season as an NFL coach.

Lewis certainly has the credentials to be a worthy mentor to Pierce. Lewis was the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003-18. He had a coaching record of 131-122-3 in 16 seasons with the Bengals. He was the NFL coach of the year in 2009.

Lewis, 65,has 26 years of NFL coaching experience including a stretch as the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator when they won the Super Bowl in the 2000 season.

So, whether he remains as a consultant or becomes a full-time part of the coaching staff, Lewis has a lot to offer Pierce’s staff.