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Marcus Lewis
Defensive Quality Control/Defensive Line

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Marcus Lewis, a former college linebacker, is in his fourth year on the Bengals staff in 2017, serving as Defensive Quality Control coach, with an emphasis on the defensive line.

Marcus Lewis, a former college linebacker, is in his fourth year on the Bengals staff in 2017, serving as Defensive Quality Control coach, with an emphasis on the defensive line.

      Lewis served in the same role in 2016, a season in which the Bengals had two defensive linemen — DT Geno Atkins and DE Carlos Dunlap — earn Pro Bowl berths. The line was the only Bengals position group to claim multiple Pro Bowl selections.

      Atkins led all NFL interior linemen in sacks (nine) and was also named first-team All-Pro by The Sporting News. He was named Defensive MVP of the AFC North Division in a vote of ESPN.com division beat writers. He led the Bengals in sacks, tackles-for-loss (13) and total QB hits (26).

      Dunlap was second on the team in sacks (eight) and had a remarkable 15 passes defensed. He was the first defensive lineman to lead the Bengals in PDs, and his total was nearly twice that of the closest NFL defensive lineman in 2016 (Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, with eight). Dunlap also had three forced fumbles.

      The line helped lead the 2016 defense to a No. 8 NFL ranking in fewest points allowed per game (19.7).

      Lewis also has duties with the scout teams, in addition to working with team self-scouting, film breakdown and practice organization.

      As a defensive assistant in 2015, Lewis contributed to an effort that yielded the second-fewest points (279, 17.4 per game) in the NFL, the highest league ranking in Bengals history. Cincinnati led the AFC and allowed just two more points than league-leading Arizona.

      Lewis joined the staff in 2014, Paul Guenther’s first season as defensive coordinator. In ’14, the Bengals ranked 12th in the NFL in fewest points allowed (21.5 per game), and the defense ranked in the top 10 in nine of the 15 major statistical categories widely monitored by NFL coaching staffs. Among those top 10 rankings were a tied-for-third-place finish in INTs (20) and a third place in lowest aggregate passer rating by opponents (75.8).

      Lewis came to the Bengals from the University of Cincinnati, where he worked in 2013 as an assistant to the coaching staff. UC’s defense ranked No. 9 nationally in ’13 in fewest yards allowed (315.6 per game), and Lewis played a role in coaching top performers Silverberry Mouhon and Brad Harrah.

      The son of Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Marcus was born in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 28, 1990. He played high school football in Greater Cincinnati, at Indian Hill, and went on to play LB for four seasons (2008-11) at Indiana State, seeing action in 33 career games. He holds a degree from Indiana State in sports management.

 

     Playing and coaching history: 2008-11—Played linebacker, Indiana State. 2013—Assistant to the coaching staff, University of Cincinnati. 2014-present—Assistant coach, Cincinnati Bengals.

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