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Marvin Lewis explains late-game management

Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:57 am
Edited on: December 7, 2010 12:03 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you were watching the end of the Bengals-Saints game Sunday, you might have been confused why Carson Palmer would throw a screen pass to RB Brian Leonard from the Cincinnati 49-yard line and then waste seven seconds while attempting to clock the ball despite the fact Cincinnati had one timeout remaining (Palmer, by the way, was sacked on the final play of the game).

Or you might ask why coach Marvin Lewis likes to be the one who decides when the Bengals will take a timeout.

If so, here’s the transcript from Lewis presser Monday when he was asked about clock management (H/T to Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner).

“On the last play, I would do it again that way,” Lewis said. “We didn’t do a very good job getting set. We should have that ball snapped and have at the minimum eight seconds on the clock which gives us an opportunity for the ball in the middle and a timeout and now a ball into the end zone from the 20, 25-yard line. Rather than the one play we had from the 40-something, which is very difficult. They would have the advantage. We would have the advantage the other way around. We didn’t do a very good job, in watching the play on video, watching the play on TV. We didn’t do a very good job of understanding, a couple of our guys, the urgency of it. Carson did a good job of not wanting to take the penalty and then calling the timeout, so they knew what we were doing. The play, the screen, ran just like we wanted it to run. And we were able to gain over 10 yards, put us in position. Get up, clock the ball, now it’s second down. Now we have a chance to throw the ball in the field and play and then get ourselves up call timeout. Then you’re throwing somewhere in that 20-25-yard area. Because otherwise they don’t have to defend the middle of the field. That puts the pressure back on them a little bit.”

How could Lewis expect his team, after a play that just gained 14 yards, to rush to the line and spike the ball in only six seconds (14 seconds from the start of the play to the eight seconds in Lewis' explanation)?

Props to the person who can make sense of this.

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Marvin Lewis explains late-game management

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Marvin Lewis explains late-game management

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Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:59 pm

Marvin Lewis explains late-game management

The question for me is where will Bill Parcells end up coaching??? ... If I had to guess he'd be most interested in the Minnesota gig. and if Frazier stays on I'd say the Texans.

Cowher coming back, Gruden...fired up to have them back in the NFL

Lovie Smith is not on the hot seat, at least not while they're winning like they are now...though I think Cutler holds Lovie's future in his TD-INT ratio the rest of the way.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:50 pm

Marvin Lewis explains late-game management

I would add him to the list of the walking dead, but this is the Bungles we are talking about. So far, these coaches are done, or on the way out.

1. Wade Phillips
2. Josh McDouche
3. Brad Childress
4. Mike Singletary
5. John Fox
6. Marvin Lewis

feeling heat or wants out...

1. Gary Kubiak
2. Jeff Fischer
3. Tony Sparano
4. Lovie Smith

That is almost 1/3 of the teams in the NFL that will possibly undergo a major change in direction after this year. I wonder who the replacements will be since the owners will have a lot of time to mull it over in the 2011 lockout. Maybe more teams will clean house that are trending downward (Colts) during this extended period of down time.

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:39 pm

Marvin Lewis explains late-game management

I would do it again that way

Spoken like a true idiot and a man who cannot learn from his mistakes. Perfect for the Bungels who's owner has the same flawed personality trait.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:03 pm

Marvin Lewis explains why he is a friggin IDIOT!

What a joke this guy him already. How much more do you have to see !!!

Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:46 pm

Marvin Lewis explains late-game management

Sounds like a quote that's coming from a guy trying to rationalize his error. Everything about that play was bad, running a screen without the ability to get out of bounds was ridiculous and you're right about the impossibility of running a play and clocking it in 6 seconds. This is a prime example why he's the next coach to go.

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