CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The seat in Marvin Lewis' former office at Paul Brown Stadium isn’t cold yet, but the Bengals are already on the hunt to fill it.
NFL insiders say the team is interviewing Vance Joseph, Hue Jackson and former Bengal Eric Bieniemy for the head-coaching job.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says the Bengals are expected to interview former Browns head coach and current special assistant to the head coach Hue Jackson as early as Tuesday.
Jackson is a close friend of Marvin Lewis who reportedly endorsed him for the job. He has a long history with the team, first serving as the wide receivers coach from 2004 to 2006, then again in 2012 as a special teams coach and secondary assistant before moving on to running backs coach for the team in 2014.
Jackson also served as the Bengals offensive coordinator from 2014 to 2015 before taking the Browns head-coaching job.
He returned to the Bengals in 2018. Jackson spent parts of three seasons as the Browns head coach, but was fired after eight games and a 3-36-1 record with the Browns.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero says the team is also set to interview former Broncos coach Vance Joseph.
Joseph also has a history with Cincinnati. He served as a defensive backs coach from 2014 to 2015. Pelissero also noted that Bengals owner Mike Brown values familiarity.
ESPN NFL insider Josina Anderson also reported the Bengals interest in Joseph.
Anderson says the former Bronco’s head coach is traveling to Cincinnati Tuesday evening and his interview is scheduled Thursday and Friday.
Joseph served less than two years of his four-year contract with the Broncos before being let go. The team fired him at the end of the 2018 season when he finished with a 6-10 record.
The Bengals are also interested in former Bengal and current Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy.
Ian Rapoport says Bieniemy is scheduled to interview with the team Friday after taking interviews with the Jets and Buccaneers Wednesday and Dolphins Thursday.
Kansas City was Bienemy’s first NFL job. The team finished the 2018 season first in the AFC with a 12-4 record under star-quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Bieniemy was a running back for the Bengals from 1995 to 1998. If Pelissero is right about Mike Brown liking familiarity, and he appears to be, Bieniemy would also fit the criteria.
The coaching search began after the Bengals parted ways with Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons.
Lewis took over the team from Dick LeBeau in 2002 and immediately turned the team around by 2005 when the Bengals had their first winning season and division title in more than 10 years.
However, under Lewis' tenure, the team was never able to win a playoff game. He left the team with a 131-129-3 record. His 131 victories is tied for twenty-fourth most in NFL history.