Tag:Marvin Lewis
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 2:27 pm

Ocho on Marvin Lewis: 'I'm going to whup his ass'

Posted by Will Brinson

This is going to sound like a story we've already written once or twice this summer (no, no, it has nothing to do with Kenny Britt), but apparently Chad Ochocinco and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis are not BFF's at the moment.

In fact, Ocho recently told a radio station that he was going to "whup [Marvin's] ass" because of the shots that Lewis has taken over the summer at Ochocinco.

"I don’t know. Hopefully Marvin is doing this maybe to help me out," Ochocinco told The 2 Live Stews, via Sports Radio Interviews. "Maybe he is trying to cause some friction between himself and me. Maybe he doesn’t like me for real. He doesn’t like me well I don’t like him either. Maybe he’s doing this to help the situation out.

"Maybe he’s trying to do this to show Mike Brown I don’t think I can coincide with Chad, but dammit I can’t coincide with him either and if he really feels that way when I see him I’m going to whup his ass.”

I could have SWORN that Ocho already said this about Marvin Lewis at one point this year, but maybe I'm wrong.

Let's see here … *flips through file* … he's ridden bulls, he's reportedly lost his work ethic, he's scouted incoming rookies, he's threatened to change his name (again), he's promised to wrestle alligators, he's tried out for an MLS team, he's -- ah, here we go.

He's complained about Marvin Lewis using the word "ass" already this offseason.

Hopefully you'll pardon me for the confusion.

Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:28 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 9:02 pm

Lewis: Dalton could be Bengals' Week 1 starter

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's all about perspective. In January, shortly after the Bengals put the finishing touches on another underwhelming season, pretty much everybody -- Marvin Lewis included -- figured the team would have a new head coach in the coming weeks.

Somehow, owner Mike Brown didn't fire Lewis -- and Lewis didn't quit -- which only makes sense in the Groundhog Day/bizarro/funhouse-mirror world of the Cincinnati Bengals. Although Lewis will be back for a ninth season, the team will look decidedly different in 2011.

Quarterback Carson Palmer has threatened to retire if the team doesn't trade him, and wide receiver/soccer hopeful/amateur bull rider Chad Ochocinco has likely caught his last pass in Bengal stripes. Which opens the door for second-round pick Andy Dalton and a bunch of young receivers, including first-rounder AJ Green.

Lewis, appearing on ESPN 101 in St. Louis, spoke on a variety of topics, including whether Dalton could be under center in Week 1.

“Well that’s something we are going to have to see what happens and how it plays out, but there’s no question when we selected Andy Dalton we selected him with that in mind -- that he’d possibly be our opening day starting quarterback,” said Lewis, according to SportsRadioInterviews.com.

Different strokes for different folks, we guess. The Panthers, Titans, Jaguars and Vikings all drafted quarterbacks in the first round (Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder, respectively), but none are expected to start.

Cincy backup Jordan Palmer, who referred to his brother as a "former teammate" earlier in the week, will have a chance to win the gig. But he won't have the luxury of knowing the playbook any better than Dalton; offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski was fired during the offseason and was replaced by Jay Gruden. Everybody's learning a new system.

When asked about Carson's decision to call it a career unless his trade demands are met, Lewis sounded like a man who had long since come to terms with losing the one-time face of the franchise. "Those decisions don’t come overnight," Lewis said. "Those are things that sit in your belly for a long time and they really have a tendency to bother you, so it’s a good decision that he made to move on with the rest of his life and we understand that and accept that. We’ve put things together to move forward, and we’re excited about it. It’s been a great offseason that way, and when we get an opportunity to start working with our players we’ll be fired up and ready to go.”

By most accounts, the organization did a swell job of using the April draft to re-stock the roster. Cincy landed their quarterback of the future in Dalton, the best college wideout in the country in Green, and both will join a young group of pass catchers who showed gobs of potential late last season. Whether it will be enough to improve on a 4-12 record is another matter entirely. But it's not like Lewis hasn't dealt with losing before; in his eight previous seasons, the Bengals finished above .500 just twice. This time, though, the task should be easier if for no other reason than Lewis won't be preoccupied with trying to keep Ochocinco happy.

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Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:07 am

Raheem Morris is cool with Marvin Lewis

Raheem Morris says everything is good between him and Marvin Lewis (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last October, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis voiced his frustration at the Buccaneers signing one of Cincinnati’s 2010 draft picks, WR Dezmon Briscoe, after the Bengals had cut him in the preseason.

It wasn’t simply that Tampa Bay signed him and placed him on the practice squad. It was that the Bengals really wanted Briscoe back and that the Buccaneers gave him a contract worth more than three times what normal practice squad players earn ($325,000 vs. about $90,000).

But at last week’s Marvin Lewis charity golf outing, Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris said everything between the two coaches was just fine, thanks very much.

"That's business; this is about the community and the bigger picture," Morris told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's not about whether you have a disagreement on the field or whether I like him on game day. I wanted to come in for Marvin and be supportive of him because he's always been supportive of me."

Lewis didn’t seem all that supportive in October when he said this: "(Briscoe) was in camp for us, but when you overpay a guy on the practice squad, you create a problem in the system for teams. I don't know that teams want to set the precedent and they did with Dezmon."

Not only did Lewis come off looking clueless about business in the NFL (and the risks of cutting a WR you actually want to keep), some of those words alluded to possible collusion among the teams. Apparently, somebody from the NFL office said something to Lewis, and from then on, he didn’t make a peep about the issue.

Still, Morris looks up to Lewis and what he’s accomplished.

"When you talk about guys that paved the way not only for coaches but young African-American coaches,” Morris said, “he's been a consummate leader.”

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:30 pm

Lewis: If Palmer comes back he would be starter

Posted by Will Brinson

When the Bengals went out and drafted Andy Dalton with their second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, they made a bold statement by calling Carson Palmer's bluff (you know, the one where he says he's retiring).

Then on Wednesday, Marvin Lewis did the total opposite of that on a call with Bengals' season ticket holders, by telling them that if Palmer comes back, he'll still start.

"If Palmer comes back he would be the starting QB and we would groom Andy to be the QB of the future," Lewis said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

There normally wouldn't be a whole lot wrong with this, because you'd think Lewis and the Bengals want Palmer to come back and tutor Dalton. Actually, you'd know that because Lewis just said it. But if you're trying to bluff someone on retirement -- and that's what the Bengals appear to be doing with their draft plans -- you wait until the bluff's been seen through before showing your hand to the other player.

In this case, Palmer now knows, once again, that the Bengals are desperate for him to return. If he believed that they a) were fine with rolling with Dalton and b) would not trade him, things might be different.

But they're not. And why would you expect them to be -- this is the Bengals after all.

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:13 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:58 am

Ochocinco tweets he's gone from Cincinnati

Ochocinco Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco talks so much trash on Twitter – and in real life! –  that it’s hard to figure out* what he’s joking about, what he’s serious about, and what he’s serious about but soon will be joking about.

*And sometimes, he’s just moody and doesn’t want to say anything at all.

That leads us to a couple tweets he tapped out today:

No. 1) I love Cincy,but coach Lewis is mean to me now so I think I am gone :(RT @philpoling: @ochocinco sounds like someone wants outta Cincy? Lol

And …

No. 2)
He has gone over board to publicly chastize the one guy who loves him i'm so hurt RT @leegoettl: @ochocinco aren't most coaches mean?

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Ochocinco, we must remember, is a child. A sometimes funny, sometimes maddening, but a child nonetheless (I’ve seen him catch a TD pass during practice and, in celebration, jump into the arms of a startled C. Trent Rosecrans (now of the Eye on Baseball blog ) and I’ve seen him in tears after a regular-season loss at Jacksonville).

And when coach Marvin Lewis slams him in the media – which he has done quite a few times since last season ended – Ochocinco’s feelings are legitimately hurt. The two have worked together since the Bengals hired Lewis in 2003, and they’ve been through many ups and downs together.

So, when Lewis makes fun of Ochocinco’s reality show or about his soccer career, Ochocinco doesn’t know what to make of it. So, he takes to Twitter and whines and talks about leaving the Bengals.

The reality is, Ochocinco is owed $6 million in 2011, and he probably won’t be back because his pain-in-the-ass attitude isn’t really worth it anymore. But it won’t be because Ochocinco is the one making the call. Instead, Lewis will be the one escorting him out of the building.

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Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 11:30 pm

Offseason Checkup: Cincinnati Bengals

Posted by Andy Benoit

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After the Bengals fell behind the eight-ball with a devastating turnover-infused loss to the Bucs in Week 5, they went into their bye a lowly 2-3 and searching the depths of their character for answers.

Problem was, the depths of their character included the collective souls of Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Pacman Jones, Rey Maualuga, Tank Johnson, Cedric Benson, Michael Johnson, Andre Smith, Carlos Dunlap, Frostee Rucker, Jonathan Joseph, Leon Hall and whatever other players on the roster who, at one point or another, have raised the red character flag.

None of these guys were individually heinous in 2010 (save for Owens), but collectively, they created a staggering void in the leadership department.

Offensive scheme

Bob Bratkowski is out as offensive coordinator, and deservedly so. In terms of complexity and sophistication, the Bengals’ system in 2010 was comparable to that of a really sophisticated Pop Warner team’s.

The receivers’ route combinations rarely worked off one another, making them easy to defend. The play-action game was non-existent, which was fitting because the run game was an afterthought.

Which brings us to the change: more power runs under new coordinator Jay Gruden. Expect Cedric Benson to re-sign and get about 25 carries a game. Not only is he best suited to be a bell cow, but the Bengals powerful but heavy-footed offensive line is best suited to play downhill, rather than in the frequent drop steps of pass protection.

1. Quarterback
Carson Palmer insists he’s retiring if the team doesn’t trade him. Owner Mike Brown may be great at playing hardball, but it would take a hardhead to keep Palmer around at this point. Besides, Palmer’s skills have declined (though not as much as you’d probably guess) and he clearly doesn’t trust his offensive line or receivers.

2. Pass Rusher
This need is almost as glaring as the potential need at quarterback. Antwan Odom has not been the same since injuring his Achilles. Robert Geathers was never the same after blowing out his knee. (Unfortunately for the front office, both players were inked to long-term deals before their injuries.) Athletic ex-Gator Carlos Dunlap earned some high marks as a second-round rookie last season, but equally as prominent were his low marks.

3. Interior Offensive Lineman
Right guard Bobbie Williams is aging. Left guard Nate Livings is the definition of average. Or maybe center Kyle Cook is. Whatever; the Bengals need more athleticism inside up front.

A healthy goal for the Bengals would be to regain respect. Self respect, that is. Individually, the Bengals are more athletically gifted than a lot of teams.

But their athletes have not lived up to potential or played well together. Ushering in a new wave of leadership would plant some positive seeds moving forward.

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Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:19 am

Hot Routes 4.15.11: Ochocinco and the book biz

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • An interesting look at what it’s like to work on a book with Chad Ochocinco (full disclosure: the first book I wrote was with Orange Frazer Press. It was not on Ochocinco. Or Chad Johnson, for that matter).
  • We don’t normally think of Bengals coach Marvin Lewis as a stand-up comic, but in a recent roast of Cincinnati restaurant legend Jeff Ruby, Lewis summoned his inner-Jeff Ross. Naturally, that includes a joke at Ochocinco’s expense. Also, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly just kills Lewis and Bearcats coach Butch Jones.
  • The three finalists for the Patriots 2011 HOF induction class are coach Bill Parcells, QB Drew Bledsoe and DL Houston Antwine. Fans can vote at patriots.com through May 15.
  • Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune doesn’t think that agreeing to a home game in London vs. the Bears is such a good idea for the Buccaneers.
  • Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio gave an interesting look into how New England preps for the draft and what happens in the war room during draft day.

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Posted on: March 23, 2011 8:55 am

Lewis getting under Ochocinco's skin

C. Ochocinco and Marvin Lewis have taken swipes at each other in the media (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As far as coaching-media relationships are concerned, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis doesn’t have a great one with the Cincinnati scribes. He clearly doesn’t like having to deal with the media – considering I used to cover his squad, I can’t blame him on this point, because I know well the heathens that cover the beat – and he can be smug and condescending.

But sometimes, if you can get Lewis one-on-one or in the right situation (he once held an hour-long film session for the scribes so he could help us better understand linebacker terminology), he can be loquacious and friendly and fill up your notebook with strong quotes.

And when it comes to WR Chad Ochocinco lately, Lewis has had no problem speaking his mind. While speaking to the Cincinnati Enquirer and Bengals.com at the owners meetings in New Orleans, Lewis had a few things to say about his star/standoffish WR.

When asked about whether he expected Ochocinco to return to Cincinnati next season, he said: “Chad has a contract. The biggest thing about Chad - and obviously I’ve had a lot of time invested in Chad Johnson - he’s at a point in his life and career (where) hopefully he will continue to mature as a person and be a productive football player and person as he goes forward. To me looking at Chad, where is his life going to be in five years? As far as a football player he’s under contract and we’ll continue to evaluate things as we move forward.”

Then, Lewis really let off a good one. Asked about Ochocinco’s tryout with the Kansas City MLS team, here’s what Lewis had to say.

“Yeah, like he could make a soccer team. ... What has he ever done that he's completed? What circle has he ever connected?” Lewis said.

Which prompted this response from Ochocinco on Twitter: “Marvin Lewis won't say anything bad about Carson Palmer, stays kissing his ass, but disses @ochocinco daily” and “RT @BlkSportsOnline: Carson Palmer has given a big F-U to Marvin Lewis, but Lewis steadily says how wonderful he is. Makes Lewis a #hypocrite.”

At this point, it doesn’t sound like Lewis really cares what the thin-skinned Ochocinco thinks about him.

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