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Report: Lewis not "entirely on board" with Owens addition

We know Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco wanted to bring Terrell Owens to Cincinnati.  Bengals owner Mike Brown has his fingerprints all over the move.

But was Marvin Lewis in favor of adding the Siskel to Ochocinco’s Ebert?

Bob Glauber of Newsday reports that Lewis privately “had more reservations” than he’s let on.  He wasn’t entirely in favor of the move.  (The link is subscribers only.  We’re one of the 35 lucky ones.)

“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.”

Lewis’ ability to handle players is probably one reason why Brown was confident in adding Owens.  Carson Palmer has also displayed a deft touch at dealing with divas.

Still, with Lewis’ contract situation up in the air, we wonder if this will serve as another grating reminder of his limited personnel power.

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49 Responses to “Report: Lewis not "entirely on board" with Owens addition”
  1. OJ SIMPSON says: Jul 29, 2010 3:54 PM

    Most overrated QB in the league- CHECK
    Outspoken, All talk, no action #1 WR- CHECK
    Divisive ticking time bomb #2 WR- CHECK
    Head Coach with less personailty then a dresser drawer- CHECK
    ALL ABOARD THE 4-12 TRAIN

  2. jackers252 says: Jul 29, 2010 3:54 PM

    Via Twitter:
    SI_PeterKing: RT @ProFootballTalk: Report: Lewis not “entirely on board” with Owens addition … Just spent 70 minutes with Lewis. I’d heartily disagree.
    Peter King > Rosenthal

  3. mojopin11 says: Jul 29, 2010 3:54 PM

    ummmmm….what coach would be open to T.O.?
    Mike Brown is dumb. Plain and simple

  4. Larry Hoover says: Jul 29, 2010 3:55 PM

    STOP THE PRESSES!! Just another article posted for more hits. Must be a slow news day.
    Rosenthal is back at it again, trying to stir the pot. Pretty much a 3 sentence story turned into a 5 paragraph one.
    Well done.

  5. crohrbaugh says: Jul 29, 2010 3:57 PM

    This is such a non story, quit trying to stir things up. Is every single person going to agree on everything 100% every time? Of course not, unless you’re surrounded by a bunch of yes men.
    This is no problem at all, regardless of how much of one you’d like it to be.

  6. Huckle says: Jul 29, 2010 3:57 PM

    I predict this will be Lewis’ last year as Bengals head coach – by his own choice.
    If Bengals fans are unlucky, Bratowski will take over as head coach, and it’s back to the 90s for them.
    But…
    If Bengals fans are lucky, Mike Zimmer will take over as head coach, and the Bengals will start becoming a serious team on a more consistent basis.

  7. jaker82 says: Jul 29, 2010 3:57 PM

    Peter King just tweeted that he’d “heartily disagree” with Lewis not being entirely on board after having just spent “70 minutes” with Lewis

  8. cusoman says: Jul 29, 2010 3:57 PM

    Rift! Rift! Rift!
    Oh wait, doesn’t matter, as this sort of story doesn’t concern the mindless Packers fans who were chanting that a year ago around this time, as they only troll Vikings and Packer stories.

  9. HamBurghlar says: Jul 29, 2010 3:58 PM

    Annnnnnnnnnd here we go! *explosion sounds*

  10. Robert P. says: Jul 29, 2010 3:59 PM

    Take from a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan:
    Terrell Owens getting 50 balls for 850 yards from Captain Captain, The Clown Prince Vagina of All QBs, aka Trent Edwards, is a Herculean conquest.

  11. Burning River says: Jul 29, 2010 4:00 PM

    I’m sure Marvin Lewis is seriously considering putting a gun to his head, at this very moment…

  12. jwill007 says: Jul 29, 2010 4:01 PM

    look -uck Marv lewis Im a Bengals fan YOU DO YOUR DAMN JOB AND COACH HIM! He needs to be working on his in game management of the clock and decision making skills….IE using 2 challenges in the 1st quarter of the playoff game against the Jets….Look it up Gregg……Just coach the damn team….If TO acts up Im sure he will see the bench and we will role out Bryant, Ocho and Shipley/Caldwell and still put up numbers…Benson and Scott in the backfield and we also have Gresham/Coffman…..
    Lets see what he does then let the media have fun…..

  13. ChiBROtle says: Jul 29, 2010 4:01 PM

    Bengals Suck!

  14. rbais2 says: Jul 29, 2010 4:03 PM

    Bob Glauber is the worst NFL reporter in the business.
    He reported that the Bears lowered their offer to Cedric Benson, announced that T.O. would only be suspended 2 games in 2005, and that the Bengals would NOT bring him either.
    ALL OF THESE REPORTS HAVE BEEN PROVEN UNTRUE!!!!
    He is an ESPN employee or NFL “contributor” to that crap show with Skip Bayless and no one needs a 3rd grade education to notice how often ESPN tries to make T.O. look bad all the time and Brett Favre look more like a choir boy than Tim Tebow.
    How “anally” outspoken do you have to be where a team acquires Pacman, but doesn’t acquire T.O.?
    Glauber needs a muzzle because that is how bad he sucks!!!

  15. SCole025 says: Jul 29, 2010 4:04 PM

    It just wouldn’t be PFT unless you guys were somehow trying to stir up trouble with the Bengals in regards to a move that they made. I’m actually surprised Florio didn’t write this since that guy seems to live to write “articles” like this one. Fact is, you pray for this to backfire so you can claim you’re the reincarnation of Nostradamus and point to all the “articles” you posted showing that it would inevititably happen.
    Bengals will have a top 5 offense this season to go with their top 5 defense.
    One of us is bound to be right so I have a 50-50 chance of coming out looking like the psychic.

  16. Marv_Sleezy says: Jul 29, 2010 4:04 PM

    Pete King just talked with Lewis, Marvin gave him a line of crap about how he was on board with the TO decision, and old Pete King fell for it hook line and sinker.
    Guys like King and Clayton just love to repeat the company line – They cant read between the lines, thats what PFT is for.

  17. SCole025 says: Jul 29, 2010 4:06 PM

    Via Twitter:
    SI_PeterKing: RT @ProFootballTalk: Report: Lewis not “entirely on board” with Owens addition … Just spent 70 minutes with Lewis. I’d heartily disagree.
    Peter King > Rosenthal
    ___________________________
    More importantly… Peter King said something nice about the Bengals?? Wow.. I thought the only that hated on Cincinnati more than him was Rodney Harrison..

  18. wrekOgnize says: Jul 29, 2010 4:07 PM

    every interview i saw of Marvin sounded like he wanted TO. in fact, Marvin was at Chad and TOs party where they announced TOs desire to join the Bengals. I really doubt Marvin has any hesitation whatsoever.

  19. BengalsDouche2 says: Jul 29, 2010 4:08 PM

    OJ SIMPSON says:
    July 29, 2010 3:54 PM
    Most overrated QB in the league- CHECK
    Outspoken, All talk, no action #1 WR- CHECK
    Divisive ticking time bomb #2 WR- CHECK
    Head Coach with less personailty then a dresser drawer- CHECK
    ALL ABOARD THE 4-12 TRAIN
    ————————————————
    Overrated QB who had amazing last minute drives to beat the Steelers and Ravens last year- CHECK
    Receiver who continued to catch balls even with a non-existant passing game and an injured QB- CHECK
    A #2 receiver who’s ready to help a team to go to the Super Bowl- CHECK
    A head coach that has dealt with more crap with player personnel and has still fielded a winning team more than all coaches except for Sam Wyche and Paul Brown for the Bengals- CHECK
    Quit hating. The bengals were good last year with a jacked up QB and no passing game. The only department they haven’t improved is the QB. Hopefully he’s back just a little. If so, the AFC North is ours again with ease!

  20. numberfour says: Jul 29, 2010 4:10 PM

    he should ask marv harrison for some help then, river.

  21. Whodey08 says: Jul 29, 2010 4:10 PM

    Why would he do that? It’s not like he lives in Cleveland.
    Burning River says:
    July 29, 2010 4:00 PM
    I’m sure Marvin Lewis is seriously considering putting a gun to his head, at this very moment…

  22. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Jul 29, 2010 4:13 PM

    Marvin Lewis will have concerns about Owens up until the time Owens runs in the slot and gains 30 yds.
    The guy has talent, just don’t be afraid to be straight up with him and coach him. Lewis is not that wuss Wade Phillips. Nor is he the chump that Jason Garrett is.
    Just put your “big boy” drawers on and tell Owens what you expect from. Sheesh.
    Stop being afraid of these guys.

  23. 69ers says: Jul 29, 2010 4:13 PM

    I wonder who would win a fight between Greg, Peter King and Bob Glauber? Hell, add Florio in there as well. I can see Florio being scrappy…

  24. robert ethen says: Jul 29, 2010 4:15 PM

    Since Rosenthal ungratefully neglected to credit his source, “The Great LaWanda, Tarot, Tea Leaves, and Talking To The Dead”, is open at 33rd and Main during business hours, and evenings by appointment.

  25. HomoforRomo says: Jul 29, 2010 4:18 PM

    It’s possible he’s finished, but you can’t use last year as a basis. Was R. Moss finished because crappy QB’s in Oakland couldn’t get him the ball? No.

  26. rbais2 says: Jul 29, 2010 4:21 PM

    Also, 1 more thing to bring up on the inept Bob Glauber being an idiot (sorry to repeat myself):
    On the day Plaxico Burress was convicted he tweeted that Plaxico’s career was over!!!
    However, on the day he was incarcerated there was talk of PLAX coming BACK!!!!
    Can this idiot be demoted or get a new job like idiot who messed up the Patriots Super Bowl with the “Matt Walsh” Crap!!!

  27. mojopin11 says: Jul 29, 2010 4:21 PM

    The Bengals suck-check
    The Bengals have a gay uniform-check
    The Bengals have the worst front office in the league-check
    The Bengals are in a shitty city-check

  28. WelcomeToTheJungle says: Jul 29, 2010 4:23 PM

    Wait for it……..
    SWEEP!!!!!

  29. omegalh says: Jul 29, 2010 4:44 PM

    @69ers
    I wonder who would win a fight between Greg, Peter King and Bob Glauber? Hell, add Florio in there as well. I can see Florio being scrappy…
    if by scrappy, you mean a slap and hair pull fighter, then yes.

  30. Tony Snow says: Jul 29, 2010 4:50 PM

    Wow. So did anyone ask about Pac-Man being on the team!?!? Jus sayin…Dang!

  31. BasicInstinct says: Jul 29, 2010 4:53 PM

    Do I detect a “SCHISM”?!!!!

  32. Hauschild says: Jul 29, 2010 5:11 PM

    Will Owens do for lewis what Favre did for Chilly???

  33. WhoDey_Man says: Jul 29, 2010 5:17 PM

    requirements to write for PFT:
    1) grammar worse than a 4 year old
    2) inconsistency in “unbiased” reporting
    3) ability to make something out of nothing (although actually a requirement for reporting in general)
    5) general dislike for small-market teams
    6) hatred for cincinnati
    **** keep hatin, suckas. after we roll the AFC north again, you’ll have plenty lame-ass 5-year-irrelevant jailbird jokes and flash in the pan comments to get you through next offseason while i decide which superbowl champ memorabilia i want to order. who dey, bitches

  34. steelcityrapists says: Jul 29, 2010 5:29 PM

    mojopin11 says:
    July 29, 2010 4:21 PM
    The Bengals suck-check
    The Bengals have a gay uniform-check
    The Bengals have the worst front office in the league-check
    The Bengals are in a shitty city-check
    ———————————————
    Mojopin has babyjunk – Check
    Mojopin is a virgin – Check
    Mojopin lives in parents basment – Check
    Mojopin is a 300 lb loser who likes to play World of Warcraft – Check Check
    Mojopin wants to be a priest so he can get close to little boys- Check Check Check

  35. Deb says: Jul 29, 2010 5:51 PM

    @jackers252 …
    Rosenthal was simply quoting Bob Glauber of Newsday and Peter King most definitely is not > Newsday. King may be accurate in this instance, but most of the time, he’s a jerk.
    Don’t know whether Marv was onboard with the T.O. signing or not. It may work out fine. I agree with the guy who said the secret to success with T.O. is keeping him no more than a year. But if Marv isn’t onboard with his signing and wasn’t onboard with Pacman’s, he’s been put in a really awkward position … just like Parcells was in Dallas and it didn’t work out so well for the Cowboys that year.

  36. Ridge_Runner says: Jul 29, 2010 6:01 PM

    I don’t know why Lewis would lament the acquisition of T.O. His team is full of miscreants and his #1 reciever got away with punching him in the face during a playoff game. At this point, I really wonder what is taking them so long to make a trade for Mike Vick. It would seem he has exactly the checkered past and ‘stret cred’ they are looking for!

  37. warpath21 says: Jul 29, 2010 6:09 PM

    If the coach has reserves then we know ownership is looking to cash in on hype and merchandise. Ain’t dat a B*&%h! It ain’t about football and winning anymore. To risky of a move I think. It’s the Bengals anyway so… who cares?
    warpath21 out

  38. msbnocal says: Jul 29, 2010 6:18 PM

    4-12 train choo choo all aboard

  39. OLDCRACKER says: Jul 29, 2010 6:23 PM

    Bwhahahaha, it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving team and city!!!
    If you think T.O. was a cancer before, add to it the fact that his contract is incentive laden!
    Bwhahahahahaha!!!
    Nice move Mr. Brown, your dad’s really proud of you now. MORON!

  40. WelcomeToTheJungle says: Jul 29, 2010 6:28 PM

    All the anti-Benagals posters on this site are embarrassing.
    The team swept the AFC North last year with no #2 receiver, no tight end, and missing their best pass rusher and all-pro safety. They add another #1 receiver in Bryant, the best TE in college football, and one of the most productive wideouts of all time in Owens, and get Odom, Roy Williams and Rey back.
    It’s coming again…..SWEEP.

  41. Sting Ray says: Jul 29, 2010 7:32 PM

    Peter King just spent 70 minutes with Lewis and disagrees with this story.
    http://twitter.com/SI_PeterKing/status/19850738563

  42. The Tire Slasher says: Jul 29, 2010 8:17 PM

    “Lewis’ ability to handle players is probably one reason why Brown was confident in adding Owens.”

  43. hitdog042 says: Jul 29, 2010 9:03 PM

    This report is bs. Like most garb on here. Believe Peter King or Florio who is notoriously wrong. Hmmmmmmm

  44. steelcityrapists says: Jul 29, 2010 10:26 PM

    OLDCRACKER says:
    July 29, 2010 6:23 PM
    Bwhahahaha, it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving team and city!!!
    If you think T.O. was a cancer before, add to it the fact that his contract is incentive laden!
    Bwhahahahahaha!!!
    Nice move Mr. Brown, your dad’s really proud of you now. MORON!
    ———————————————
    Was this written by a 6 yr old kid or someone who is mentally retarded?

  45. ppdoc13 says: Jul 29, 2010 10:56 PM

    @welcome to the jungle
    “The team swept the AFC North last year with no #2 receiver, no tight end, and missing their best pass rusher and all-pro safety. They add another #1 receiver in Bryant, the best TE in college football, and one of the most productive wideouts of all time in Owens, and get Odom, Roy Williams and Rey back.
    It’s coming again…..SWEEP. ”
    You conveniently left out the part where the Bengals pissed down their legs in losing to a Jets team that had to back its way into the playoffs and doing so in “The Jungle.”
    Question: When was the last time the Bengals won a playoff game?
    Question: When was the last time that the Bengals had two winning seasons in a row.
    Answer: Very likely before you were born. It is at least 3 decades.
    So until your team proves that it can field a winning team a couple of years in a row and until you win a playoff game, you probably ought to STFU, enjoy your modicum of success and pray that everyone doesn’t pay attention to Cincy. That way when the Bungles crash and burn it won’t hurt as bad.

  46. Deb says: Jul 30, 2010 1:36 AM

    @The Tire Slasher …
    Can’t stand the Bengals but that’s nuts. How is a head coach to blame for a FEW players’ legal troubles? His job is to coach–not hold baby-sit 24/7.
    If you rob a liquor store or get a DUI or clobber your wife during your off hours, I doubt anyone would blame your boss. People have idiotic expectations of NFL teams and coaches. These guys are adults responsible for their own behavior just like the rest of us.

  47. The Tire Slasher says: Jul 30, 2010 10:21 AM

    @Deb…
    I don’t think any one expects NFL head coaches to hold their players hands night and day, but Bengals players are continually in trouble with the law, and at some point, you simply have to point a finger at the head coach. If it was only one or two players every year or so that would be a different story. But it’s not. Every other month it seems as though another Bengal is arrested.
    Face it. Marvin Lewis is running a drunken roadhouse for a locker room. Maybe it’s not his fault for bringing in these thugs and clowns, but if his players had any respect for him they wouldn’t be out robbing liquor stores, driving drunk, clobbering their wives, etc.
    You never hear about New England Patriots being arrested, do you? You know why? Take a look at the head coach. Do you honestly think HE would tolerate that kind of behavior? I don’t think so.

  48. CKL says: Jul 30, 2010 12:19 PM

    Tire Slasher-
    Pats fan here. I don’t know how much ML is to blame in Cincy for some of the types of guys they have brought in. I get the idea he isn’t as involved in the personnel side as BB is in NE. BB didn’t bring in ANY questionable types like Moss/Dillon UNTIL he had a strong lockerroom and a SB winning team or two under his belt. I think that is a factor as well.

  49. Deb says: Jul 30, 2010 8:33 PM

    I’m not sure why my response wasn’t posted, but let me try again …
    @The Tire Slasher …
    No, you don’t hear a lot of press about Pats’ players getting arrested, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. I only had time for a quick scan but pulled more than a half-dozen cases (below). Every team is dealing with these issues, and some do handle them better than others. (In a couple of those cases, the Pats stood by players on their first issue, traded or cut them following the second.)
    Belichick is known for discipline–which is ALL about being a great coach, not about character building. His personal life isn’t my business, but it’s made enough headlines that I know he isn’t an altar boy. But one reason he’s able to run a taut ship is because Bob Kraft supports him. Discipline starts with the owners, not the coach. If Mike Brown overrules Marv Lewis to bring in someone like Pacman Jones, players know the coach has no teeth to enforce discipline. As long as they perform on the field, they can do what they want off-field. Marv may not be blameless in some of these issues, but Brown bears a lot of responsibility for the development of his team.
    Pats’ arrests …
    2002 New England Patriots DE Chris Sullivan was arrested for drunken driving just hours after attending a private party at which players and coaches received their Super Bowl rings.
    2003 New England Patriots offensive lineman Kenyatta Jones was arrested after allegedly assaulting an acquaintance with scalding water.
    2004 New England Patriots CB Ty Law was arrested after fleeing police during a routine traffic stop and leading them on a foot chase though a popular nightclub district. Law told the two officers “not to touch him because he is a professional athlete.”
    2006 New England Patriots defensive lineman Johnathan Sullivan is charged with several misdemeanors, including marijuana possession, during traffic stop in Ga.
    2008 Nicholas Kaczur, starting RT, arrested on drug charge, turned DEA informant
    2008 Willie Andrews, special teams, arrested w/half pound of marijuana and nearly $7,000 in cash, sentenced to drug treatment and community service
    2008 New England Patriots DB Willie Andrews is being held without bail after allegedly pointing a handgun at his girlfriend’s head. He was charged with illegal possession of a large capacity firearm and assault with a dangerous weapon.

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