Few people can understand why Hue Jackson took the top coaching job in Cleveland better than Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.
A year or two before he arrived in Cincinnati in 2003, Lewis was one of the NFL's top assistants and his name had surfaced a lot during head-coaching searches. But sometimes he didn't even get an interview.
"Back then, [Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome] told me I better be careful, or some day I could end up being the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals," Lewis said, laughing. "The opportunities to be a signal-caller, a coordinator or a head coach in the NFL are limited for anybody, but even less for minorities.