Marvin Lewis regrets move away from power running game

In an interview with NFL Network conducted in conjunction with his assignment to coach one of the squads at the Senior Bowl, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis addressed the perception that the team got away from the things that made the offense successful in 2009.

Running the ball.

“We did click into the no-huddle offense a little bit this season, as we got going in the season,” Lewis told Mike Mayock, Paul Burmeister, and Charles Davis.  “And it may have affected some of our detail of how we were doing things in the running game, because you can’t serve two masters that way.

“The no-huddle takes work on its own to get everybody on the same page all the time.  And I think that’s the one thing, if we look back on it again we’d probably make that revision.”

But the no-huddle attack likely was implemented to take advantage of The T.Ocho Show or, perhaps more accurately, to keep them sufficiently fed with football in order to prevent them from becoming complete and total pains in the rear end.

Lewis adroitly sidestepped a question aimed at teeing up talk regarding the current conundrum the team faces at quarterback, with Carson Palmer wanting to be traded and owner Mike Brown saying it won’t happen.  Lewis said only that he’s not paying any closer attention to the quarterbacks on his Senior Bowl squad than he’s paying attention to other players on the team.

He’s probably telling the truth, because he probably realizes that none of the quarterbacks playing for either squad at the Senior Bowl will be able to help the Bengals much in 2011, if Carson Palmer has decided that he’s done with the team.

And if Palmer isn’t with the team in 2011, it’s a fairly safe bet that the power running game will be back, in a big way.

16 responses to “Marvin Lewis regrets move away from power running game

  1. Without Ced Benson there is no power football. His contract is up and he will not resign if Brat is still there.

  2. I never understood Marvin and the Bengals in terms of what they did this year. Last year, they were physical, focused, played tough d, had a pounding running game and won the AFC North with emphasis.

    Sure they lost the first playoff game, but it was not like they were there all the time, so one figures they would build on it, sharpen some things, and compete for the super bowl. I could not understand that you have a strong team, great improvement, then you bring a known slug like Terrell Owens. For this stupidity, I don’t even feel bad for them. Plain idiocy.

    I actually had a lot of respect for their game planning, their commitment to the run, getting Cedric Benson playing to a high level, keeping turnovers down, and then they do the opposite. Actually mystifying.

  3. They got rid of the power running game because: 1) they couldn’t run (when it was 2nd and 2 or 3rd and 2, he defense had them where they wanted to; 2) when you are down 21-3, you got to pass; and 3) last year, defenses were stacking the box and daring them to pass — now they should do it all over again?

  4. Cmon Marvin –

    Know who your team is.

    Be who you know you are.

    Vacillation in football is an exercise in repeated futility.

    No one gets high marks for being an excellent Oscillator.

  5. “The no-huddle takes work on its own to get everybody on the same page all the time.

    Yes, thats called PRACTICING, im sure one day if you didnt have 2 diva receivers maybe things will gel better.

  6. Get rid of every skill player. Neither the D nor Cedric Benson are good enough to lay the foundation for a one-year turnaround, and it’s time to rebuild the old fashioned way. You’ll still get a lot for Palmer, even though he looks finished, from a team like Cleveland, Oakland, Washington, Carolina, or Arizona. As modern NFL teams have shown time and time again, you won’t get any less out of a well chosen 3rd-5th rounder than you will out of Cedric Benson, who’s had one good half-season of football in four years now. You won’t get much for the WRs, but if you use those late draft picks well, you’ll more than make up for the loss. Save the QB pick for 2012 when, if you do all of the above, you’ll have the first pick – your new coach will appreciate being able to start fresh with his own guy.

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