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Posted on: July 29, 2010 12:35 pm
 

Five questions (or more) with Mike Brown

Bengals owner Mike Brown is an elusive interview. For the most part, he does one Bengals on-the-record session per year. It occurs at the Bengals media preseason luncheon, and it’s there that reporters gather to ask all the questions they’ve saved up for the year. This season, we had plenty of fodder to discuss: Terrell Owens (this was before Owens actually signed), the potential for a lockout, and a possible Marvin Lewis contract extension.

The following is part of the exchange that reporters, including CBSSports.com, had with Brown.

1. Reporters: What are you most excited about coming into the season?

Mike Brown: I thought last year we had a successful season. We just didn’t end on the note we wanted to end on. And that rankles. We’ve proved we have a good team. If we’re healthy, we’re a team that can play with anyone. We have ambitions to have that one golden year. This year, more than most in recent times, I think we have a better shot at it.

2. Reporters (after talking with Brown about why he likes Owens so much): Are you one of those guys who always sees the good in people? You saw good in other people that maybe other people didn’t.

MB: I don’t profess to do anything but judge people the way I see them. I’m not going to defend that. I have the right to do it, and I choose to do it. Do I see good in people? I think most people have good in them. I don’t think there are many that don’t. Our job is to get that out of them.

3. Reporters: How are things progressing with Marvin? Do you guys hope to have an extension by the end of the season?

MB: The deal with Marvin is an internal matter. We’ve had discussions. He knows I hold him in the highest regard. I’m not going to get in a public conversation about that. He’s done an excellent job here. When we have something to say about it, I’ll be pleased to do it. That isn’t now.

4. CBSSports.com: With the CBA coming to an end, where do you see that going? The probability of a lockout, do you see that happening?

MB: Things will be unsettled for the league once (the CBA expires). I just think we have to be patient. Both sides want the same thing. They want an agreement. I think there will be an agreement. But those are hands other than mine. I have to be just like you – sit and watch and wait.

Reporters: In what ways has the potential for a work stoppage affected the way you do business?

MB: We’re aware there’s a threat. We have tailored certain things to meet that possibility. In my heart of hearts, I just think we’re going to be out there playing. I will believe it when I see if we aren’t.

5. Reporters: Is there any need for a first-round draft pick to have an agent? A lawyer, yes. An accountant, maybe.

MB: In my position, I don’t know why we pay two or three percent – whatever it is – to somebody who tells players it’s ok to sign. That never made a lot of sense to me. I’ve been in this business when there were no agents. I’ve been in this business where there have been different systems. The people who are skeptical may doubt it, but I can tell you my honest belief is, no matter if there are agents or not, we paid out as much as we could afford to the players.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 2:59 pm
 

Bengals serious about signing Terrell Owens

CINCINNATI – Bengals owner Mike Brown and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis haven’t always agreed when personnel issues arise.

Brown fancies himself a redeemer – which is why the Bengals always seem to bring in players of ill repute – while Lewis is constantly trying to keep a harmonious locker room with no single individual who feels he can run amok. The most infamous disagreement occurred in 2007 when Brown re-signed WR Chris Henry over Lewis’ public objections.

Today at the annual Bengals media preseason luncheon, Brown seemed excited about the possibility of adding Terrell Owens, saying he looked into Owens’ eyes when the two met earlier this year and came away convinced Owens could add to the team without taking anything away. Lewis, at least in months past, hasn’t seemed keen on the idea of bringing on another receiver that attempts to hijack all the attention of the locker room.

But perhaps QB Carson Palmer changed his coach’s perception last week when he worked out with Owens in California and called to give Lewis his positive report.

“Carson’s comments to me … let’s just say … they resonate well,” Lewis said. “I know when Carson has something on his mind when he calls me and I call him back from an unknown number and he answers. I know something serious was on his mind.”

The Bengals, it turns out, are serious about wanting to sign Owens – who also is attracting strong interest from the Rams.

“We’re talking with his representatives and with him,” Brown said. “When he was here, I met with him personally. Privately, he’s not the same as his public image is depicted. He’s a pleasant person. He’s a quiet person. I found him engaging. I do trust my own eyes on this sort of thing. If he chooses to come here, he could help our team. We’ll see how that plays out. It’s his decision.

“I judge him by what I see. There’s a lot of commentary about people who are in the public eye. Some of it is way overboard. Some it is because people don’t know the whole situation. Yes, people can make mistakes. It doesn’t mean they go on the rest of their lives making mistakes. They can get their ship pointed in the right direction. This is a 36-year old man. He’s been through a lot. He’s proven as a player.”

The Bengals, from a personnel stance, don’t really need to make this move. Owens wasn’t great in Buffalo last year – though, to be fair, Ryan Fitzpatrick was the one throwing passes his way – and the Bengals have plenty of depth in their receivers room.

Chad Ochocinco is No. 1 and free agent acquisition Antonio Bryant – who the Bengals signed instead of Owens – is the No. 2 receiver. At best, Owens would be the No. 3 threat, but it’s clear Andre Caldwell would try to stake his claim there. Plus, rookie Jordan Shipley, an inside receiver, was impressive in offseason workouts and is a lock to make the roster. Cincinnati also has youth at the position with third-year player Jerome Simpson and second-year player Quan Cosby fighting with Matt Jones for the final roster spots.

“Somebody is going to get stifled,” Lewis said. “There’s no way around that. It’s one of the difficulties of professional sports is that balance. What is the best thing for 2010 and long-range and trying to fit that balance together.”

So, why bring in Owens? Simple, Brown said. He’s still a good player.

“He changes field position,” Brown said. “He makes a lot of long plays, plays that win games. I’d rather have him line up on our side of the ball than the other side of the ball.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 6:05 pm
 

Will Marvin Lewis coach the Bengals next year?

M. Lewis still hasn't signed a new contract (Getty). With Bengals coach Marvin Lewis entering the final year of his contract and with no new deal in place, there’s been plenty of speculation locally that Lewis, at the end of this year, could say, “Well it’s been great, but I’m outta here.”

Considering the organization has the smallest scouting department in the league and that owner Mike Brown would rather give himself a $1 million general manager bonus instead of actually hiring a general manager, Lewis, the thought goes, could determine there’s no way to sustain growth in Cincinnati and could instead walk away.

And it’s possible that still could happen. But in an interview today with the Cincinnati Enquirer and Bengals.com , Lewis said he “would love to continue coaching here.”

“Mike and I at some point hopefully come to an agreement from both sides of us,, and we all feel good about,” Lewis said. “We have spoken about the contract a few times since then, but we don’t talk about it daily. That’s not me to worry about it or bring it up. I don’t go about it that way.”

Aside from the speculation that he would leave because he feels hamstrung by the efforts of the Brown family, there’s also been talk that Lewis genuinely is tired of coaching. Not true, he said today.

“I savor the challenge of coaching. I don’t think about the other things that way,” Lewis said. “I don’t want to look forward (to doing anything else) nor do I think I want to be on television. I don’t think it is something that I would be interested in doing at all. I like to coach, that’s the part of this job that’s the fun part. That’s why the season is the fun part because you get to coach more.”

So, will he sign a new deal at some point or will he just be content to let his contract expire? For the Bengals’ sake, the team absolutely needs to re-sign Lewis – who is a players’ coach yet has the respect of the Cincinnati locker room while leading the Bengals to a couple of AFC North titles. I imagine the two sides, at some point soon, will get it done. Unless Lewis really does want to leave.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Gabe Reid gets nice payday

According to the Chicago Tribune , former Bears tight end Gabe Reid has been awarded $325,000 for a right knee injury he suffered while playing in Chicago from 2003-06. It’s the largest injury settlement for a pro athlete in the state of Illinois.

Reid hasn’t played since 2006.

Also, Chiefs safety Mike Brown, who played for the Bears from 2000-08 and made the Pro Bowl in 2005, was given $140,000 for foot and leg injuries.

--Josh Katzowitz

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