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Detroit Lions head coach candidates: Was Marvin Lewis held back by Bengals dysfunction?

We chatted with Joe Goodberry to see if Marvin Lewis could be anything more than mediocre.

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On Friday night, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler broke news that former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis impressed the Detroit Lions during their interview last week, and the veteran coach remains very much in the hunt for Detroit’s head coach vacancy.

That would undoubtedly be an unpopular hire, and for one big reason. In his 16 season with the Cincinnati Bengals, he posted an 0-7 record in the playoffs. The Lions are nearly a 30-year drought from their last playoff win and the only team with a longer drought is those same Bengals.

But is there more to the story about his time in Cincinnati? Is it possible Marvin Lewis could be more than what Jim Caldwell gave Detroit: respectability but not championship-level play?

To find out, we talked with one of the bigger Bengals fans out there. You may have seen Joe Goodberry from his time with The Athletic, Bengals Wire or even over there with our friends from Cincy Jungle.

He spent a good 45 minutes with us on Thursday night to chat about Marvin Lewis, what he can and cannot do, what kind of coaches or philosophies he may bring to Detroit, and if he can finally get over that playoff drought that plagued him for nearly two decades.

You can check out our conversation on your favorite podcast platform or watch it on YouTube and Twitch.

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