Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is a confident man.
And he does not respond well to folks telling him how to do his job.
After a Sunday column in the Cincinnati Enquirer by Paul Daugherty suggesting that the Bengals needed to make more of a splash in free agency, Lewis waved that off, and took shots at former Bengals wideout Chad Johnson and 49ers free agent Randy Moss in the process.
Lewis complimented the progress of Mohamed Sanu, saying the team was better off developing him that signing a veteran wideout with a bigger name.
“Mo Sanu [is] way ahead of where one certain receiver [Johnson] was in his second year playing in the National Football League. I’ll go on record saying that,” Lewis told Joe Reedy of the Enquirer. “That’s the uneducated putting dumb thoughts in people’s minds. It’s why you have an opportunity to go after these guys and go get these guys. So you continue to make your team better.
“You are not a positive in making your team better when you keep adding old guys. What did Randy Moss do for those guys last year? He did nothing. He got in the way of a younger player performing.”
So far, the Bengals are taking a deliberate approach to free agency. They’ve lost five of their own (linebackers Dan Skuta and Manny Lawson, defensive tackle Pat Sims, Gradkowski and kicker Josh Brown) while retaining five of their own (defensive ends Robert Geathers and Wallace Gilberry, kicker Mike Nugent, punter Kevin Huber and long snapper Clark Harris).
“We’ve got a lot of draft picks, we’ve got a lot of young players and some great depth in spots,” Lewis said. “We can afford to allow a Pat Sims to move on, man, it’s time. We’ve got two guys we drafted last year [Devon Still and Brandon Thompson] and I’m really feeling good about letting those guys get in there and have an opportunity to play.
“We still have the draft coming up this year and we’ll get some more young guys and that’s the good thing.”
And suffice it to say they won’t be bringing in that veteran wide receiver.