It appears the next head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals will come from outside the organization, according to the NFL Network’s Mike Silver.
Silver said several Bengals assistant coaches have been let go today, suggesting the new head coach will come from outside the organization and assemble his own coaching staff.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said some of the current coaching staff will be retained by the new coach.
The Bengals interviewed three in-house candidates — Hue Jackson, Bill Lazor and Darrin Simmons — and five coaches from outside the organization to replace Marvin Lewis.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Rams assistants Zac Taylor and Shane Waldron were the coaches from outside the organization interviewed.
If Bieniemy, Taylor or Waldron is the Bengals’ pick, the team would have to wait until their current teams are eliminated from the playoffs to annouce the new coach.