Marvin Lewis: I Do Not Miss The NFL

Lewis is without an NFL job for the first time since 1991, but the transition has apparently not been difficult

Zach Gelb
June 17, 2019 - 9:41 am
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Marvin Lewis spent more than 25 years in the NFL as an assistant, coordinator or head coach. He won a Super Bowl as defensive coordinator for the Ravens and guided the Bengals to seven playoff appearances in 16 seasons as head coach.

But after mutually parting ways with Cincinnati after last season, Lewis is without an NFL job for the first time since 1991 – and the transition has not been difficult.

“No,” Lewis said on The Zach Gelb Show. “It has not.” 

In May, Lewis was hired as a special advisor to Arizona State. He does not miss the NFL.

“I do not,” he said.

Lewis, 60, was asked if he thinks he’ll eventually miss the NFL.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “I’m fine.”

Lewis became head coach of the Bengals in 2003. He is credited with turning around the franchise after more than a decade of losing, but he was unable to get the Bengals over the hump. He went 0-7 in the playoffs during his Cincinnati tenure.

“You become an NFL coach for one thing, and that’s to win the championship – and we were unable to do that,” he said. “That’s the unfortunate part. But that locker rom is full of great young players. I’m wishing them the best of luck this coming season.”

Asked to reflect on those postseason losses, Lewis didn’t offer much insight.

“The other team ended up with more points,” he said. “You win or you lose. That’s the thing that young guys in the NFL have to really understand, the finality of the playoffs. You don’t get a second chance. You got to make hay when your opportunity comes all the time, and that’s making football plays in critical moments. In the regular season, you get a chance maybe to have a down week. In the playoffs, you got to do it for 60 minutes and four quarters and get it done.”

Lewis does not anticipate watching the NFL much this season.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “I don’t know. I would watch games because it had an effect on things I was doing and so forth strategically. But I’ll probably spend more time watching golf on TV than football, and with my responsibilities here at ASU, I’ll be a little busy on Sundays.”

Click below to listen to Lewis’ interview in its entirety.