Marvin Lewis on Bengals’ bad year: “It’s my fault”

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Terrell Owens thinks the Bengals’ problem in 2010 was that they didn’t have good coaching. It turns out that Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis thinks Owens is right.

“I don’t think I did a very good job — it’s my fault,” Lewis said today on NFL Network. “I didn’t do a good enough job. I didn’t get our guys in a position to win the football game.”

Lewis also hinted, however, that he didn’t think his two big-name receivers, Owens and Chad Ochocinco, did a particularly good job, saying that Ochocinco didn’t have one of his better seasons and that Owens is likely to leave as a free agent.

“I think when you’re playing NFL football, your best players have to win the game by making plays,” Lewis said.

As for Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, who has said he wants to be traded and would rather retire than return to Cincinnati, Lewis doesn’t seem to think Palmer will get his wish.

“I know my boss and owner is not going to trade him, so we just have to move forward,” Lewis said. “We’re going to put the football team together based on that. . . . I don’t know what will happen with Carson in the future.”

14 responses to “Marvin Lewis on Bengals’ bad year: “It’s my fault”

  1. How about all those other years? Lewis has had TWO seasons out of 8 above .500 and never won a playoff game. That’s 25% of the seasons he’s coached above .500 and 0% winnding percentage in the playoffs. Let’s not even mention the criminal record/history of your players.
    Wow…let’s run out and give this guy an extension!

  2. dont beat yourself up to much Marvin!
    was it your responsibility, YES
    was it all your fault, NO WAY
    clean up that locker room and youll get more wins…

  3. I stopped getting season’s 3 years ago. And why not? I now just drive down on Sunday morning and scalp seats in the 100’s for 40 bucks. Best financial move I’ve made.

  4. ctd.. the best part of that move is I don’t have to pay for pre season games and games I don’t want to go to. 2 years ago v.s the Bears I got in the club for 60 dollars, 35 yard line, full club access. Until the team gets better (if) that’s the way to go. It’s not like I’m losing out on playoff tickets or anything.

  5. thereisalwaysnextyear: How many .500 teams happened before Lewis?

    Hmmmmm. 1990 seems about right.

    Lewis is a good coach coaching a badly run football team. The fact he’s overcome Mike Brown to get to the playoffs twice is a miracle.

  6. Kudos to Marvin for admitting he’s a terrible coach.

    But he wasn’t telling anyone anything they didn’t already know.

  7. hitdog042 says: Feb 25, 2011 3:47 PM

    thereisalwaysnextyear: How many .500 teams happened before Lewis?

    Hmmmmm. 1990 seems about right.

    Lewis is a good coach coaching a badly run football team. The fact he’s overcome Mike Brown to get to the playoffs twice is a miracle.

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    Mike Brown, and the rest of the Bengals front office, is terrible.

    But that has nothing to do with Marvin Lewis’ terrible clock management, nor his inability to make any adjustments at halftime.

    Marvin may eventually figure it out and head coach a superbowl team. But that won’t happen any time soon.

  8. I hope I don’t eat these words, but I still believe that Marv can get it done. The best acquisition the Bengals have made is Gruden. Our offense before was talent without coaching. Now, lets see what talent and coaching can get done. I believe this is one of Mr. Browns best calls!!!

  9. “I don’t think I did a very good job — it’s my fault,” Lewis said today on NFL Network. “I didn’t do a good enough job. I didn’t get our guys in a position to win the football game.”

    Was’nt his fault! He had 2 headaches for receivers!

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