Hue Jackson could potentially be the new play-caller for the Cincinnati Bengals. That is in case Marvin Lewis retires or is given a new role in the front office next year.

According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, Jackson is a clear favorite to be the new head coach of the Bengals.

There is a growing sense around the league that Hue Jackson could be in line to take over as Bengals head coach if Marvin Lewis were to retire or transition to an upper-management position.

Bengals owner Mike Brown prefers to have Jackson making the play calls in case there has to be a transition next year. Jackson signed with the Bengals earlier this month after being fired by their AFC North division rival Cleveland Browns. With the Bengals, he currently serves as a special assistant to Lewis.

Jackson's tenure with the Browns is one of the worst a head coach has ever had with one team. He went 1-15 in 2016, 0-16 in 2017, and started the season 2-5-1 before being let go last month. But his advantage is that he is already familiar with the Bengals veterans, as he used to work for them from 2012-2015.

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Marvin Lewis is the second-longest-tenured coach with his current team in the NFL today. He only trails the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, who signed with the team in 2000.

Since 2003, he has led the Bengals to the playoffs seven times with a 130-117 record. But he has yet to win a single playoff game, having lost all his appearances in the Wild Card round.

This season he is 5-6 and the Bengals are behind the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens in their division.

Will we see a new coach for the Bengals for the first time in 16 years? We'll find out.