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CINCINNATI — Monday was not a good day for Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.
The CNNSI Web site listed him among NFL coaches "on the hot seat" and Cincinnati sports-talk show host Lance McAlister criticized him for being "smug and condescending" toward the media.
Some highlights from Lewis' news conference:
• On when fans will see the fruits of what the players call "easily fixable" mistakes by the defense:
• On the players saying some negative publicity will be good for them:
• On the biggest reason players make mental errors.
"I think I told you twice already, we suck"
• On why he didn't challenge the referee's spot on Braylon Edwards' phantom first down with 3:11 to go:
"We suck, it's kinda of a dead issue."
• On the special teams giving up 451 yards in returns in two weeks because defenders are not staying in their lanes and getting sealed off:
"Your very elementary assessment of it is a little off-base. I already told you, we suck."
• On why left tackle Levi Jones isn't in the starting lineup:
"His status is what it is. He sucks,"
• On national sportscasters, including ex-Steelers coach Bill Cowher, saying Chad Johnson's antics are something Lewis condones.
"You know better than that, so why ask me that question? I think Bill knows better than that, too. It's unfortunate he said that. He knows Chad sucks.....he coached him in the pro bowl. I'm never going to go to Hawaii. The Bengals really suck."
• On if he takes the defense's problems personally and if there's a chance he'll be calling defensive signals like he did in 2004?
"I'm not going to respond to that. You know how bad I suck. This whole team sucks. How many times do I have to tell you? I'm a defensive genius....... I know I'm talking way over you morons heads here. As a matter of fact....you all suck."
"We're not going to turn our backs on him," Ward said. "We're going to treat him like our brother. We're going to accept him back and be very supportive of him and help him get through this. In this locker room, he's still our quarterback."
Last edited by stillers4me; 09-22-2007 at 02:46 PM.