With Antonio Pierce getting the full-time coaching job with the Las Vegas Raiders, it looks like former NFL head coach Marvin Lewis will join his coaching staff. Lewis's role has yet to be determined.
Lewis coached Pierce while he was playing for the Washington Redskins. His last NFL job was back in 2018 when he was the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Since then, he was at Arizona State as a special advisor and co-defensive coordinator in 2020 before helping Pierce this past season in Las Vegas.
Lewis was the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003 to 2018. He finished with a 131-122-3 regular-season record and seven AFC Wild Card Game losses.
Lewis has 26 years of NFL experience that should help the Raiders and Pierce. Lewis also coached with Pierce at Arizona State when they were co-defensive coordinators. Lewis and Pierce helped lead the 2020 Sun Devils' defense to a No.1 ranking first in the Pac-12 in yards per completion allowed.
The NFL Media reports that most offensive coaching staff, including interim offensive coordinator Bo Hardegree, will not return to the Raiders. The Raiders offense struggled last season under McDaniels and Pierce.
The offensive unit averaged 289.5 yards per game (27th in the league) and 19.5 points per game (23rd) throughout the season. The Raiders were also tied for 24th in the league on third down (35.6% conversion rate) and 24th in red zone efficiency (48.9% touchdown rate). The lowest moment for the offense came in a 3-0 shutout loss to the Vikings at home in Week 14, after the bye. Hiring an offensive staff will be crucial for Pierce, especially if the team drafts a quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft.