Marvin Lewis and Jack Del Rio both became NFL head coaches in 2003. In a league where owners have razor thin patience, they’re also proving to be the ultimate survivors.
For only the third time the two friends, who served on Brian Billick’s Baltimore staff for three seasons, will oppose each other when the Bengals travel to Jacksonville on Sunday. It is the third time in league history teams with head coaches who have lost 68 or more games in their career and have a losing record with said clubs have met (Tampa Bay and Green Bay met twice in 1983).
Lewis and Del Rio are currently two of seven head coaches who have losing records and have lost 68-plus games. Of those seven, Del Rio is the only one who hasn’t won a division title and Lewis is the only one not to win a playoff game.
The magnanimous seven also includes a former Bengals coach in Sam Wyche. Here’s the complete list:
John McKay Bucs, 1976-84: 45-91-1
Weeb Ewbank, Jets, 1963-73: 73-78-6
Bart Starr, Packers, 1975-83: 53-77