CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The search to replace Marvin Lewis continues for the Cincinnati Bengals.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports the team’s latest target is Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Schefter doesn’t give a timetable for when the team plans to interview the Bucs OC for the head-coaching vacancy, but it can be guessed that it would be some time after Saturday.
Tampa finished the season with a 5-11 record and NFL insiders and fans alike speculate there may be questions at quarterback.
Their top-pick quarterback Jameis Winston was suspended for the first three games of the season.
The NFL said its investigation found Winston inappropriately touched a female Uber driver while in Arizona in March 2016.
Tampa’s 2018 season started strong winning back to back games under veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick before dropping three in a row. The team would only go on to win three more games between long losing sprees.
Monken is in his third season with the team. The Bucs say they gamed 5,542 net yards, the third most in a single season in team history under Monken. They also said they averaged 22.1 points per game that season, a fourth-highest mark in Tampa Bay history.
Monken is the latest target to be sought after for an interview.
The Bengals are either planning to interview or have interviewed five other candidates: Hue Jackson, Vance Joseph, Eric Bieniemy, Zac Taylor and Shane Waldron. Josh McDaniels declined the team’s request for an interview.
Thursday night, front office staff flew to the west coast to interview Los Angeles Ram assistant and former University of Cincinnati Bearcats offensive coordinator Zac Taylor. While there, the team plans to interview Rams assistant Shane Waldron as well.
Due to the trip out west, the team’s interview with Bieniemy was pushed to Saturday, NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero reported.