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Marvin Lewis raves about Cam Newton

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If we listen to Bengals owner Mike Brown, the team isn’t interested in parting ways with quarterback Carson Palmer, which would make the team less inclined to use the fourth overall pick on a new quarterback.  If we listen to Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, he seems poised to pounce on quarterback Cam Newton, if Newton is still on the board when the Bengals use the fourth pick in the 2011 draft.

“He’s a real fine NFL prospect,” Lewis recently told the team’s official website.  “He’s got a great, great personality.  Magnetic.

And there’s more.

“He’s got it.  He’s got it.  Whoever said that wished they had it,” Lewis said.  “It’s really important when you’re talking about evaluating the quarterback position that they have that.  That they’re that kind of guy.  You’ve got be a guy that is standup, ready to take control kind of guy. . . .

“He’s gone through some adversity that’s been created around him.  Some self-inflicted at times.  Probably some inflicted by the environment around him at times.  Some made up, probably.  But whatever it is, he’s been successful.  He shoulders responsibilities and he’s done well with it.”

Whether or not Lewis is trying to create a smokescreen won’t matter, if Newton is picked by the Panthers at No. 1 or the Bills at No. 3.  Then again, Lewis may be trying to ensure that one of the teams drafting in front of the Bengals will pick Newton, so that the player they’re actually targeting can slide through to the Bengals.

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43 Responses to “Marvin Lewis raves about Cam Newton”
  1. terrellblowens says: Apr 8, 2011 11:47 PM

    “Then again, Lewis may be trying to ensure that one of the teams drafting in front of the Bengals will pick Lewis, so that the player they’re actually targeting can slide through to the Bengals.”

    With the first pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Marvin Lewis, head coach, Cincinnati.

  2. occamsrazor1 says: Apr 8, 2011 11:54 PM

    Yeah, the Bengals are a great judge of character.

  3. msclemons67 says: Apr 9, 2011 12:06 AM

    To paraphrase Mark Twain, there are lies, damn lies, and things teams say during draft season.

  4. commoncents says: Apr 9, 2011 12:08 AM

    Did Cam’s dad pay you to say that, or are you just a really bad poker player??

  5. hobartbaker says: Apr 9, 2011 12:23 AM

    Newton’s “It” comes in a bottle and is probably administered by syringe. Leaving him with the “swole” body and head being managed by an atrophied brain.

  6. huskersrock1 says: Apr 9, 2011 12:29 AM

    Maybe he has been drinking Cam Juice.

  7. airraid77 says: Apr 9, 2011 12:35 AM

    drafting cam newton would be certain death for lewis in cincinnati…….and more or less cluster fuch for cam newton. before he ever arrives in cincinnati he would have 2 OC’s and 2 HC’s.
    to me the bengals would be better off cutting loose or not resigning either johnson or owens, draft green and then make a deal to get back up in the first to secure mallet or the kid from FSU.

  8. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 9, 2011 12:40 AM

    Lol, because Marvin Lewis has proven to be an excellent judge of Qb talent in his career…

  9. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 9, 2011 12:42 AM

    “Then again, Lewis may be trying to ensure that one of the teams drafting in front of the Bengals will pick Lewis, so that the player they’re actually targeting can slide through to the Bengals.”

    Lol And I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that no one drafting before the bengals is gonna draft Marvin Lewis. So lewis can go ahead and draft himself/use himself as a smoke screen if he wants…

  10. swcoach says: Apr 9, 2011 12:56 AM

    Either its a smokescreen or the Bengals haven’t learned anything from drafting players with character concerns.

  11. denverhighrize says: Apr 9, 2011 1:16 AM

    There is so much to say here. Ok so Lewis should already have been fired. They have underachieved on both ends for the last two to three years already. I do not blame Carson for not wanting to come back but he has been part of the problem. Cam is an enigma but he may bring success. Who knows but this team is in a whole and they need digging out.

  12. bartpkelly says: Apr 9, 2011 1:23 AM

    Palmer is not playing well anyhow so they need to think about a QB for the future even if Palmer does return.
    Draft him.

  13. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Apr 9, 2011 1:25 AM

    With your record, Marvin, I think we should best believe the bartender or barfly than you. You couldn’t win even if you had Johnny U, Joe Willie, Otto, YA, Troy, Peyton or even the Cam himself.

  14. hobartbaker says: Apr 9, 2011 1:27 AM

    Reading the article, Lewis says that “all the guys this year have ‘it’…”. He was asked specifically about Newton, but in terms of the praise, extended it to all of the quartebacks the team interviewed. So the headline and article are deceiving.

  15. sunnyd89 says: Apr 9, 2011 1:28 AM

    Couldn’t think of a better fit for Cam Newton

  16. lotusfather says: Apr 9, 2011 1:29 AM

    OK Bengals fans. If Newton is there at #4 you might as well throw away the next 4 to 5 years of football.

    Lewis is going to be fired either next year or the year after (astounded he made it out of this off season as HC). The next HC is going to want his own QB and very likely wont have much patience for the “Icon”…

    A guy like Newton needs to go to a team with well established veteran leadership, to reign him in and set him on the proper path. Not a team like the Bengals who continually draft/sign players with a lot of issues.

    Who would he throw to? Chad is likely gone, and Owens is almost certainly on his way as well. Shipley, Caldwell and Simpson are all still question marks, the TE Gresham would likely end up as his best friend.
    Hell, maybe they could get Jon Baldwin in the 2nd… Great talent with big issues, just like Newton. It would be very fitting for the Bengals.

    I am a Steelers fan, I don’t hate the Bengals at all (I love rivalry games), I think it would be a major mistake for them to gamble on this guy.

    …But hey, maybe he pans out… It would make for some great games in the years to come… But I doubt it.

  17. goawayeverybody says: Apr 9, 2011 1:30 AM

    Cam Newton will be the first pick overall in the 2011 draft.

  18. MichaelEdits says: Apr 9, 2011 2:08 AM

    Yep, smoke screen. Too bad my Panthers are dumb enough to fall for it.

  19. fooath says: Apr 9, 2011 2:12 AM

    Found out he’s a thief and a liar. And his dad is a pimp. Of course he’s raving about him.

  20. ampatsisahypocrite says: Apr 9, 2011 2:30 AM

    Well, Marvin, better hope he has “it” because Carson Palmer doesn’t.

    Carson is an all-pro when it comes to choking in the big games, though.

  21. TurdSandwich says: Apr 9, 2011 2:30 AM

    Smokescreen (please let it be) :-p

  22. freddyfelder says: Apr 9, 2011 3:53 AM

    Let the Racism Commence..

  23. philyeagles5 says: Apr 9, 2011 3:59 AM

    damn no comments and its 4 am.

    well i think Mike Brown should listen to his head coach for once. get rid of palmer and draft cam newton!!!

  24. lostsok says: Apr 9, 2011 6:41 AM

    If he has “it” he probably stole it or just put his name on someone else’s.

  25. xcbyers says: Apr 9, 2011 7:48 AM

    My questions on this aren’t Marvin’s judge of talent or potential. But rather his ability to coach it; or lack thereof.

  26. joetoronto says: Apr 9, 2011 7:55 AM

    Just say no, Marvin.

  27. mhs8031 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:01 AM

    Why is nobody considering trading up? You guys never mention that as a possibility. The proposed rookie scale is likely, there are more teams in need of a QB than there are QBs. The Panthers are all but telling the world they want to trade. I imagine the Bengals could get the first pick for a second rounder in 2011 and a second in 2012. That is very reasonable if you really need a QB. After Carson, the Bengals have NOTHING. What high-profile free agent will want to play for the Bengals? Coach on the hotseat, stubborn owner in denial, WR and OLine problems, etc. If they do not draft a QB, they could be in BAD shape. Worth a couple second rounders to get the best QB in the draft.

    I am reading tons of articles that say, “I doubt there will be a top QB when they pick.” Some say, “Team X is likely to trade down…because there is no top QB…”
    Why is nobody talking trade up?

  28. medialovesthecowboys says: Apr 9, 2011 8:34 AM

    I’m by no means a Bengals fan, but I want to punch Mike Brown in the face. Carson is not coming back, why are you trying to screw over your own franchise?

  29. geobh says: Apr 9, 2011 8:38 AM

    YOU DUNCE, I THOUGHT WAS THE COACH, NOT IN THE UPCOMING DRAFT.

  30. Patriot42 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:45 AM

    Is this suppose to be surprising?

  31. bonniebengal says: Apr 9, 2011 8:51 AM

    I smell smokescreen!

  32. FinFan68 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:53 AM

    Then again, Lewis may be trying to ensure that one of the teams drafting in front of the Bengals will pick Lewis
    ———————
    I’m pretty sure nobody is thinking about drafting Marvin Lewis. Whenever a team raves about a guy this close to draft day, they do not want him.

  33. dirtdawg55 says: Apr 9, 2011 9:03 AM

    Lewis raves about Newton’s “personality”. Pretty much tells you everything you need to know about why the Bungles are arguably one of the NFL’s all-time worst franchises.

  34. bucks12965 says: Apr 9, 2011 9:04 AM

    Unless you have the first pick, it makes no sense to publicly rave about a QB if you actually were considering picking him.

  35. vahawker says: Apr 9, 2011 9:08 AM

    Wonder if Warren Moon thinks Lewis is just saying that because Lewis is black.

  36. vahawker says: Apr 9, 2011 9:10 AM

    Dang, geobh, you type like me.

  37. whatswiththehate says: Apr 9, 2011 9:37 AM

    There is clearly A PATERN OF THINKING ON THIS SITE..HMMMM.

  38. xcbyers says: Apr 9, 2011 9:49 AM

    bucks12965 says:
    Apr 9, 2011 9:04 AM
    Unless you have the first pick, it makes no sense to publicly rave about a QB if you actually were considering picking him.
    —–
    Hence the good ol’ smoke screen.

    Realistically, I’ve been hearing Marvin/Jay Gruden have 3 QB targets. And if they were to go at pick 4. it’s Blaine without a doubt.

    The other 2 being TCU’s Andy Dalton and FSU’s Christian Ponder.

  39. commentcentral says: Apr 9, 2011 10:20 AM

    I think Lewis was doing two things at once. First putting up a smokesceen about Cam, but more importantly taking a shot at Palmer. He was listing qualities in Cam that he believes Palmer does not possess.

  40. whatswiththehate says: Apr 9, 2011 10:27 AM

    Every article on these various sports sites seem to read the same when it comes to…Cam, Jake, Mallett. Anyone who take them on their team are taking a risk..blah..bkah…blah…

    Cam being the biggest risk because of the false preception pushed by these same sports writers, Cam is good but all these imaginary “character and personalty issues” warrants him not worthy of a high draft pick. So any HC or GM making a positive comment on him must have rocks in their heads…WOW

    And, every article on these sports sites seem to pretty much read the same about Blaine, with a couple of exceptions; taking Blaine as the first QB is your “safest” bet. And every glowing comment he gets from the HC and GMs…which seems far and few between considering all the free media hyping he’s getting, should be trusted and is not a “smoke screen.” OKAY..

    So it’s safe to say that our sports media no longer cares about being truthful. They are just more concerned about ALWAYS appearing RIGHT. And will continue to spin, lie and decieve, just so they can appear right. Even if it’s at the expense of athletes who aren’t deserving of it.

  41. samoanjungle says: Apr 9, 2011 12:08 PM

    Off topic but I wonder if Palmer has considered that, if he IS traded, he may end up in a game at Paul Brown Stadium someday.

  42. kennyzed88 says: Apr 9, 2011 1:28 PM

    aren’t the bengals the only team without an indoor practice facility? maybe sort that out instead of pointless pre-draft posturing

  43. thefiesty1 says: Apr 9, 2011 1:32 PM

    Smokescreen- he is still hoping Palmer will come back. Cincy would be a great place for Cam to prove he’s a bust.

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