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Lewis says NFL Films crew provides good example for team

The Bengals has decided to embrace Hard Knocks, at a time when Cincinnati’s NFL team could be preparing to knock off the Ravens as the division, conference, and/or league champions.

So why invite cameras and microphones into training camp, given the inherent distractions that can arise?  Coach Marvin Lewis thinks the NFL Films crew provides a strong example for his players.

“The NFL Films people are totally professional,” Lewis said in the press release announcing the team’s decision to welcome Hard Knocks back to camp for the second time since 2009.  “One thing I did see as a positive last time was exposing our players to another group of people who are working hard every day the way we need to work.  The diligence and the effort of the people on-site is very impressive.”

It’s a corollary to the story the late Steve Sabol told many times about legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi.  Lombardi actually wanted the cameras around because the cameras made the players work harder.  As Sabol told it, Lombardi used to instruct the cameramen to pretend to film practice, even when their cameras were empty.

The Bengals were the first Hard Knocks team to win their division.  They’d surely love to be the first Hard Knocks team to make it to the Super Bowl.

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21 Responses to “Lewis says NFL Films crew provides good example for team”
  1. joetoronto says: Jun 17, 2013 1:18 PM

    “The NFL Films people are totally professional and we have never even been close to professional,” Lewis said in the press release.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 17, 2013 1:20 PM

    Interesting approach, but it sounds legit. Guys want to show off on camera and garner attention for future contracts.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 17, 2013 1:22 PM

    The camera sees everything you do. Like God, except with slo mo, stop action, and rewind.

  4. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jun 17, 2013 1:27 PM

    Lmao….So I’m really supposed to believe that the reason the “starving – for-attention – bungles” , are doing this so the players can see real folk doing real hard work. Anyone who believes that , I have some wet matches to sell you. Talk about a reach. whoa….. If that really is the case, then bungle fans are in for another disappointing season(before last 2 years). Why not just take them to a construction site for training camp….lol I like Marvin but cmon man!!

  5. ralphtherealravenfan says: Jun 17, 2013 1:37 PM

    Is Andy Dalton going to really win the division? A division with two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks? I don’t see that. But hey, smile for the camera.

  6. bengalguy says: Jun 17, 2013 1:46 PM

    When is Marvin going to start getting his due. IT’S A PERFECT IDEA! If you were @ your job & cameras were filming your every move, wouldn’t you work harder & prepare better? That is everyone but Toronto…..worthless bum doesn’t even have a job…..except for trolling internet sites! Stay classy Joe! RADAHS!!!!!

  7. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 17, 2013 1:48 PM

    I respect a coach that gives some credit to the production people that make the game into the entertainment that it is.

    Lewis hasn’t always been the best coach, but he’s never seemed like a terrible guy. This just reinforces it.

  8. nolahxc says: Jun 17, 2013 2:04 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Jun 17, 2013 1:22 PM
    The camera sees everything you do. Like God, except with slo mo, stop action, and rewind.

    And awesome commentary!!

  9. dickjagger says: Jun 17, 2013 2:30 PM

    Cincinnati Bengals (THE MEDIA’S) 2013 AFC North Division Champs… LOL!

  10. beardinals says: Jun 17, 2013 2:33 PM

    Bengals on Hard Knocks? Great, I could use some good nap time.

  11. sellout1983 says: Jun 17, 2013 2:54 PM

    I love that my team is back on hard knocks. But I love even more how mad it’s making some of these trolls. Have fun watching my team Joe!

  12. kd75 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:09 PM

    NFL Films does really good work. If a football team worked like NFL Films they’d be a dynasty.

    From the Bloopers to the Tough Guys to the Super Bowl specials. NFL Films is top notch.

  13. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jun 17, 2013 3:22 PM

    Torontosbiggestturd strikes again.

  14. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jun 17, 2013 3:22 PM

    It certainly didn’t hurt the last time, did it, Joe? They have a winning record since appearing on the show four years ago, even in spite of Carson Palmer’s efforts to blow up the team on his way out the door.

    And thanks for falling all over yourself to be the first to comment on every Bengals post. It shows how much you really do care.

  15. jwil007 says: Jun 17, 2013 3:33 PM

    LOL all the hate from these fans…LOL…Ravens and Steelers are worried… Listen both teams have SB’s but what are you all doing this year???? The SB ring is weak sauce… In 09′ you joked, laughed, put down, ridiculed, attacked and stomped on my team and we went right out there and swept both teams…Keep talkin! But dont have excuses if we smack both of you again! yea yea we know you got rings…what are you doing in 13????? We beat you both last year we will do it again…And Every Steeler fan hated on Flacco and all he did was shut you all’s mouths! Again keep talkin.. I would encourage all fans that know PAST history about the Bengals to study the team, the roster, the ratings on draft picks over the past 4 years, the defensive finishes THEN TALK!… The offense has lagged but that is about to improve. All with a QB only 2 years in the league and has put up decent numbers…Keep talkin and if you dont want to watch it then dont! LOL #talknowbutifwrongmanup!

  16. whereyaat says: Jun 17, 2013 5:26 PM

    “As Sabol told it, Lombardi used to instruct the cameramen to pretend to film practice, even when their cameras were empty.”

    This is absolute genius. In Little League, had something akin to this for a season, and we all gave 110%. Nobody wanted to be known as the lazy kid.

  17. bengals512003 says: Jun 17, 2013 6:14 PM

    I love how mad all you sick burg fans and fluky raven fans get sounds like you know the ravens luck going to run out & Pittsburg reruns on the history channel are getting old watch out here comes the Bengals

  18. t8ertot says: Jun 17, 2013 6:48 PM

    Most experts are picking the Bengals to go deep in the playoffs. The only doubters are raven fans, Steeler fans, and ofcourse Joe. Bengals have been to the playoffs 3 out of the last 4 years. Dalton is in his 3RD YEAR. The defense is one of the best in the league. ’13 AFC North Champs. Bank on it.

  19. stoptrippn says: Jun 17, 2013 9:34 PM

    I think this will help players like Taylor mays rise to the top

  20. fourthandafoot says: Jun 17, 2013 11:30 PM

    No Chad Johnson, hired more scouts and they’ve drafted best player available the past couple years. This time around the Bengals are in a much better place to host Hard Knocks. I commend this move. It’s a good platform for Mike Brown to show he’s turned around his team.

  21. beelicker says: Jun 17, 2013 11:46 PM

    I wonder what Lombardi would have said about certain internet hacks not using correct subject/verb agreement?

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