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Report: Bengals to start coaching search with internal candidates 

Published: Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 3:59 PM

Cincinnati Bengals kicker Dave Rayner runs downfield with special teams coach Darrin Simmons, left, after Rayner kicked off during practice Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at the NFL football team's training camp in Georgetown, Ky. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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Cincinnati Bengals kicker Dave Rayner runs downfield with special teams coach Darrin Simmons, left, after Rayner kicked off during practice Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at the NFL football team's training camp in Georgetown, Ky. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)(Al Behrman/AP)

The Cincinnati Bengals will begin the search for Marvin Lewis’ replacement by interviewing internal candidates.

»RELATED: Lewis out after 16 seasons

Special teams coach Darrin Simmons, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and former Browns coach Hue Jackson, a special assistant to Lewis, will be among the first interviews, according to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

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Simmons, who has been with the Bengals for the last 16 seasons, is said to have a ‘real good shot at the job,’ according to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Jackson was 3-36-1 in three-plus seasons with the Browns before joining the Bengals late in the season.

»RELATED: Lewis on his tenure -- ‘I didn’t deliver’

Lewis and the Bengals parted ways Monday after 16 seasons.

The team said they expect the coaching search to last several weeks.