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Marvin Lewis ‘feeling pretty good’ about facing Browns after Trent Richardson trade

Trent RichardsonTrent Richardson was not exactly a dominant force during his season-plus with the Cleveland Browns, but he is still a talented player with massive potential. For that reason, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and the other players and coaches in the AFC North division are happy to see him go.

The Browns have the Bengals on their schedule in Week 4. If bulletin board material is capable of helping a team that just traded its star running back and will likely be without its starting quarterback, Lewis has provided it for Cleveland.

“We go to Cleveland next week,” Lewis said on Sirius XM NFL Radio Wednesday when asked for his thoughts on the trade, according to Around the League. “I’m feeling pretty good about that. Anytime a great young player like Trent Richardson leaves your division — we still get to face each other this year but once instead of twice.”

All joking aside, the comments were much more a compliment to Richardson than an insult to the Browns remaining backfield.

“He’s a fine player and has a big career ahead of him,” Lewis added. “It’s not bad that he drives two hours west of us instead of four hours north.”

The truth of the matter is the Browns became much less of a threat on Wednesday, and they weren’t really one to begin with. They are expected to sign Willis McGahee on Thursday, who we recommend picking up in fantasy. Beyond that, they have four-year veteran Chris Ogbonnaya, who has touched the ball 35 times since the start of last season, and second-year running back Bobby Rainey, who has never recorded an NFL carry. It makes perfect since for Lewis to be glad Richardson has moved on.

Marvin Lewis: Randy Moss did nothing for the 49ers last season

Marvin-Lewis-BengalsThe Cincinnati Bengals are not interested in signing any veteran free agent wide receivers. On Sunday, Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer urged the team to stop sitting on its hands and be more active in free agency. In particular, he said the Bengals need to bring in a veteran receiver presence rather than stick with Mohamed Sanu as the team’s No. 2 receiver behind AJ Green.

Head coach Marvin Lewis disagrees with that notion, to say that least. Lewis defended Sanu while using Chad Johnson and Randy Moss as examples of why bringing in a veteran free agent would accomplish nothing for the team.

“Mo Sanu (is) way ahead of where one certain receiver (Johnson) was in his second year playing in the National Football League. I’ll go on record saying that,” Lewis told the Enquirer’s Joe Reedy. “That’s the uneducated putting dumb thoughts in people’s minds. It’s why you have an opportunity to go after these guys and go get these guys. So you continue to make your team better.

“You are not a positive in making your team better when you keep adding old guys. What did Randy Moss do for those guys last year? He did nothing. He got in the way of a younger player performing.”

Moss’ numbers in 2012 were nothing to get excited about, but he did catch seven passes in the postseason, where every play counts a little more. Some would argue that he helped stretch the field and provided leadership for the team’s young receiving corps, but we have no way of measuring such things.

During his rookie season with the Bengals, Johnson caught 28 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown. He burst onto the scene in his second year with 69 catches for 1,166 yards and five touchdowns and was one of the most productive receivers in the league for the next five seasons. Sanu caught 16 passes for 154 yards and 4 touchdowns with Cincinnati last season, so their rookie production was similar. Plays like this remind us that Sanu is a tremendous athlete, so he is certainly capable of making the type of jump Johnson made in his sophomore season.

Obviously, Lewis would rather develop his younger guys than try to to incorporate a veteran into his offense. Coaches all have their own methods, but Lewis’ have resulted in zero playoff wins in his 10 seasons as coach of the Bengals. Just saying…

H/T Pro Football Talk

Why Exactly Are the Bengals Keeping Marvin Lewis and Carson Palmer?

In the final regular season edition of our LBS NFL Power Rankings, I stated that I would be speechless if Marvin Lewis’ contract with the Cincinnati Bengals was extended at the end of the season.  I lied.  That doesn’t, however, mean that I understand it.  When Bengals owner Mike Brown sat next to Lewis on Tuesday and announced that he’s sticking with him for at least another two years, the NFL world all tilted their heads like they’d just heard the human equivalent of a dog whistle.

Terrell Owens hit the nail right on the head when he said the Bengals were terrible earlier this season, but apparently the belief within the organization is that its head coach is not to blame.  Lewis has been the head coach in Cincinnati for eight years and has compiled a 60-67-1 record.  He’s taken his team to the playoffs twice and won as many NFL playoff games as I have.  Apparently that’s enough to keep your job.

After finishing the 2010 season with a record of 4-12, it’s obvious the Bengals need some significant changes.  They’re keeping their head coach on board and it looks like their quarterback is staying put as well.  The headache commonly referred to as Batman and Robin will likely be gone, but is that enough for Lewis to take control of a below-average team and build a winner?

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Marvin Lewis Uses the Old Shoe Problem Excuse Covering for Terrell Owens

There has only been one game played in the 2010 NFL season and already the haters looking for ammunition against Batman and Robin have something.

Both Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson were not on the field for the Bengals when they attempted a Hail Mary pass prior to halftime against the Patriots. The Bengals actually completed the bomb from Carson Palmer (rookie Jordan Shipley made the catch) but they came up short of the end zone as time expired. After the game, people were wondering why the star receivers were not on the field for that play.

Head Coach Marvin Lewis explained that Chad had gone into the training room early to receive medical attention. Apparently Ocho needed an IV which is completely understandable. T.O. however had less of an excuse.

After being badgered and pressed by the media, Owens told inquiring minds to ask Coach Lewis what happened. Marvin pretty much dodged the issue after the game, but he had more of an explanation on Monday: “[Owens] had shoes that just got here on Saturday. Again, we don’t need to get into all of that. It’s over. It occurred but it’s not a big deal.”

It’s issues like this that support the notion that Marvin Lewis did not want T.O. on the team. He was put in a bad spot and wanted to diffuse the issue so he did his best. Still, a shoe issue? That’s almost as bad as saying the dog ate T.O.’s homework. Understandable, but lame.

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Terrell Owens had shoe problem, Lewis says [Cincinnati Enquirer]

Marvin Lewis Not Happy to Have T.O.?

The Cincinnati Bengals have certainly had their fair share of problem players in the past.  Marvin Lewis has shown us that he’s not afraid to stick up for some of those players when they’re being criticized by the media, as evidenced by how quick he was to come to the defense of Cedric Benson, who’s arrested about once a year on average.  In fact, I’d even go out on a limb and call Lewis an enabler.

While we’ve yet to hear much from the Bengals coach publicly about the signing of Terrell Owens, sources close to the situation are saying he doesn’t seem thrilled about owner Mike Brown’s decision to bring him aboard.  Bob Glauber of Newsday is reporting that Lewis has “reservations” about the T.O. signing — although he may not be showing it — and that he’s not entirely in favor of the move.  Here’s what Glauber wrote about Lewis’ opinion on the pairing of Owens and Ochocinco, courtesy of Pro Football Talk:

He’s got big concerns,” a source with “direct knowledge” of Lewis’ mindset told Glauber.  “T.O. is more than just a receiver, and Marvin is aware of the potential for problems.”

In other words, Lewis is willing to defend criminals but it sounds like he’s nervous about bringing in another loud mouth.  I can’t say I blame him really, as T.O. and Ochocinco have the potential of turning into a huge headache.  The fact that they’re best friends is either going to translate into one of the best receiving duos in the NFL or the league’s most exquisite circus act.  Then again, given Ochocinco’s history with TD celebrations, it could very well end up being both.

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Report: Lewis not “entirely on board” with Owens addition [ProFootballTalk]

Apparently Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown’s Word Doesn’t Mean Crap

Criticizing the Bengals for their off-field problems? Check. Criticizing Marvin Lewis for having no control of the team? Check. Calling coach Marvin Lewis and Owner Mike Brown for going back on their words and being full of crap? Here to come. In April the Bengals released Chris Henry, deciding they had enough of his shenanigans. Last month Marvin Lewis reinforced this notion to the media even after Chris Henry was re-instated by commissioner Roger Goodell:

“I’m not interested. I don’t think it would be productive for our football team. You have to be a productive part to be an NFL player, and there’s responsibilities to being an NFL player. It’s a privilege, it’s not a right. There’s a lot that comes with being an NFL football player.”

If you thought that was persuasive, wait til you hear what Mike Brown had to say:

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Shaun Smith Confirms Chad Johnson Punched Marvin Lewis

Browns defensive tackle Shaun Smith was at the Central Maryland Browns Backers banquet recently and spoke at length. Amongst other things, Smith discussed his time with the Bengals, for whom he had two stints, one in ’04, and the other from ’05′-’06. Smith offered a lot of insight including why the Patriots have been so successful, why young quarterbacks so often fail, who will get a big contract from the Bengals, and most notably, what happened at halftime of the Steelers/Bengals playoff game in ’05 between Chad Johnson and Marvin Lewis. Go to the 5:30 mark or so to watch, or you can continue reading this entry where I’ve loosely transcribed Smith’s comments:

Continue reading to see Smith’s description of the incident between Marvin and Chad, as well as Smith’s thoughts on the Patriots’ success, young QBs, Brady Quinn, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

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