Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis appeared on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel for a segment about why Black coaches aren't getting opportunities to become National Football League head coaches as often as they should.
"You fall into another category along with the Leslie Fraziers of the world, which is an African-American head coach who can't seem to get a second chance when the Adam Gases, the Doug Marrones do get a second chance. Does that hurt?" Gumbel asked Lewis.
"It's wondersome, I guess that's the word I would use," Lewis said. "It makes you question it. You just had Bruce Arians have another opportunity and win the Super Bowl. It's great, but he's obviously a few years older than even I am, but he gets that second opportunity.
"My father told me a long time ago that you're gonna have to be twice as good."
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in January that the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and New York Jets were among NFL teams to interview Lewis - the Bengals' head coach from 2003 to 2018 - for their head-coaching vacancies.
A year earlier, the Dallas Cowboys interviewed Lewis before hiring Mike McCarthy.
Former Bengals offensive lineman Willie Anderson tweeted last month that he believes Lewis should be hired by an NFL team looking to rebuild, insisting that "very few can do the rebuild he had to do with the Bengals."
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, a former Bengals running back and kick returner, is considered one of the top Black head coaching candidates but wasn't mentioned during the HBO show.
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