It may sound out of left field, but the Baltimore Ravens have another possible head coaching candidate that they would like to speak to. And he coaches for another team in the AFC North. That’s right, according to today’s Baltimore Sun, the Ravens may have their eyes set on a former assistant, and a coach that right now coaches for the rival Cincinnati Bengals – that being Marvin Lewis.
Mike Preston of the Sun is reporting that Lewis’ name continues to pop up, and that his association with the Ravens when he was their defensive coordinator back when they won the Super Bowl back in 2000 could be the one thing that brings him back to B-more. Lewis coached the Ravens defense back from 1996 through 2001 and then took the position with the Bengals as their head coach.
Preston contends that Lewis has “long coveted” the Ravens head coaching spot, and that he would “come to Baltimore in a heartbeat.” So what would the Ravens have to give up to get Lewis, who still has three years left on his Bengals contract? Draft picks. And of course in the world of the NFL, giving up draft picks is considered a big no-no. “No, we’re not at that point, not yet,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said to the Sun about such a thing yesterday.
There have been two recent situations where teams have given up draft picks for coaches – the Jets gave the Chiefs a fourth-round pick to get Herm Edwards two years ago, and the Bucs gave the Raiders two first round picks, two second round picks, and $8 mil for Jon Gruden in 2002. Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl in his first season there.
So while it’s been done, don’t look for the Ravens to be giving up picks anytime soon for Lewis. He’s a solid option, but let’s face it, he’s only had one really good year in Cincy, and even that ended with a first-round playoff loss. So would the Ravens do it? That remains to be seen, but despite as good as it may sound, I wouldn’t bet on it happening anytime soon.