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Marvin Lewis knows how to deal with “Hard Knocks”

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Most NFL coaches don’t want the Hard Knocks cameras anywhere near their training camp. But Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has allowed the HBO/NFL Films documentary program to have access to his team twice, with no apparent problems. And Lewis says that’s because he knows how to deal with the cameras.

On Wednesday’s Dan Patrick Show, Lewis told guest host Mike Florio that he can control what gets out because he can avoid the cameras if he has to talk about something that might give another team a strategic advantage.

“I have the ability to know where the camera is if I have to have a conversation that matters,” Lewis said. “There’s obviously certain things that are personal to us, but you basically forget about the fact — every week when we see the show there are parts that you forget about, as you’re doing your job, there’s stuff you don’t even realize they’d be interested in.”

Lewis said there are aspects of the team’s playbook and terminology that he makes sure don’t get broadcast, but for the most part he thinks it’s fine to have cameras in the meeting rooms. For Lewis, Hard Knocks is not a problem.

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30 Responses to “Marvin Lewis knows how to deal with “Hard Knocks””
  1. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 14, 2013 11:49 AM

    The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in 23 years. Deal with that.

  2. jtbaudendistel says: Aug 14, 2013 11:52 AM

    One of the best shows on TV no matter if you are a Bengal fan or not. Those who rip the show often never watch the show.

  3. u4iadman says: Aug 14, 2013 11:54 AM

    Great show, could watch this 52 weeks of the year.

  4. luxm40 says: Aug 14, 2013 11:57 AM

    “youarejealousof6rings says:
    Aug 14, 2013 11:49 AM
    The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in 23 years. Deal with that.”

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    You’re just mad because you know your team is old and is gonna suck this year. Deal with that.

  5. raiderman81 says: Aug 14, 2013 11:58 AM

    james harrison telling jay gruden that he will hit AJ if he comce across the middle after repeated request from jay gruden was classic… that guy is borderine crazy

  6. pwebster919 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:06 PM

    The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in 23 years. Deal with that.”

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    Roethlisberger will not win you another Super Bowl.
    Deal with it.

  7. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:12 PM

    No such thing as bad publicity when your starving for attention like the Bungles. That’s the reason Marv is cool because the owner is cool with any type of publicity, therefore Marvin doesn’t have a choice whether he wants it or not.

  8. upperdecker19 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:19 PM

    It’s time to play…..”NFL coach? Or Kardashian?”

    Who said the following? “I have the ability to know where the camera is if I have to have a conversation that matters,”

    Contestants: “No idea….punt”

  9. buckethead1 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:23 PM

    Maybe they’ll get some footage of one of their players falling out of a pick up truck~~

  10. realfootballfan says: Aug 14, 2013 12:29 PM

    He’s hardly on it for him to be the head coach. Seems like he’s delegated that to Hue Jackson, Mike Zimmer, and Gruden. I mean, Hue Jackson was the first face you saw on the opening episode.

    I understand why because he’s an entertaining guy, but it makes Marvin’s dealings with the film crew around a whole lot easier with personalities like that in front of the camera.

  11. rt61 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:41 PM

    If your goal is to win, I don’t see how having Hardknocks around helps you accomplish that goal in anyway. If your goal is to create buzz / hype around the team — Hardknocks all day!

  12. bucsfan5000 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:02 PM

    If Roger Goodell wants a rotation of teams for Hard Knocks, he should let them do a series with him.

  13. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:05 PM

    Its a distraction

  14. udontknowjaq says: Aug 14, 2013 1:06 PM

    pwebster919 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:06 PM

    The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in 23 years. Deal with that.”

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    Roethlisberger will not win you another Super Bowl.
    Deal with it.

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    He wont have too he has 2 rings! The Bungles that organization wont ever win a ring its Sorry top to bottom. 23 years no nothing with top 5 picks every year this squad should have one at least 1 playoff game guess it took em 30 years to know you need more than 3 scouts to evaluate talent. I agree focus on getting to post season and winning how the hell is he still the coach?

  15. donth8thehorns says: Aug 14, 2013 1:07 PM

    @ Buckethead- seriously, do you even realize how you sound? Making comments like that show just how far our society has fallen! It’s no wonder why my intelligent , intellectual sister from Berkeley & NYU thinks football players and fans are “knuckleheads”, reading some of the dribble on here proves her very point! It is fine and even fun to take playful jabs @ one another , but saying seriously mean $4it??? Dude, I hope a tornado comes directly toward your trailer!
    Bengals are a fun franchise that takes some calculated risks. They will be atop of their division for the next 3 years!

  16. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:19 PM

    Barry Bonds & James Harrison have similar looking heads

  17. paulage77 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:25 PM

    youarejealousof6rings says:
    Aug 14, 2013 11:49 AM
    The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in 23 years. Deal with that.

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    You have 6 rings?

    Oh I see, you are jealous because you have 0 rings and the team you root for has 6 rings spread across 3 generations.

  18. jwil007 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:40 PM

    bmoreravens1012013 says:
    Aug 14, 2013 12:12 PM
    No such thing as bad publicity when your starving for attention like the Bungles. That’s the reason Marv is cool because the owner is cool with any type of publicity, therefore Marvin doesn’t have a choice whether he wants it or not.

    starving for attention???? DUDE WEAKSAUCE! LOL Here is how we look at it…2009 what did we do…The cameras came we focused we knew we couldn’t look like ISH 500 million americans Lewis wants this team focused…When cameras come typically players and teams step up…I like it…Its not a starving for attention at all…Did you say that in 2001 when Bmore did it???? Dont make the rivalry personal…If you dont want to acknowledge our growth and positive upward growth then just take the beatdown you are scheduled to get this year and man up about it…

  19. pwebster919 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:10 PM

    He wont have too he has 2 rings! The Bungles that organization wont ever win a ring its Sorry top to bottom. 23 years no nothing with top 5 picks every year this squad should have one at least 1 playoff game guess it took em 30 years to know you need more than 3 scouts to evaluate talent. I agree focus on getting to post season and winning how the hell is he still the coach?
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    First of all, hang on to those past victories. You’ll need to do a lot of reflecting in the future.

    Let me clear this up for you… The next Steelers QB to win a Super Bowl is likely playing Pop Warner ball.

  20. rhf123 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:27 PM

    This year saying you’re a Bengals fan is no laughing matter. They gained my respect after I watched Hard Knocks.

    James Harrison is a bad dude.

  21. rgwhodey says: Aug 14, 2013 2:28 PM

    I love the hate, keep it coming! I’ve always been told if you aren’t hated you aren’t winning, right Brown’s fans?

  22. dashrendar1 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:30 PM

    You know the Bengals are good cause there are so many haters on the boards now.

    10-6

  23. howiehandles says: Aug 14, 2013 2:36 PM

    If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Personally, I love the show. Not so much for the play, but I enjoy how the show humanizes these monsters. Coach Lewis really seems like the kind of guy you’d want to play for.

    Not a Bengal’s fan, but they’ve really been making a lot of smart personnel decisions the past few years. My question is, “who’s making them?” Certainly not the guy(s) who make them the previous 10.

  24. coachbeck says: Aug 14, 2013 2:39 PM

    Who Dey haters ….. Hate on when we are AFCN champs

  25. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 14, 2013 3:06 PM

    I revel in the angst and anger of you Steelers fans. You know the Bengals are going to be better than your team for a while, and it’s killing you!

    I’ll tell you guys again… the more you point to the past for greatness, the more you prove how irrelevant you are in the present.

  26. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 14, 2013 3:21 PM

    Lewis is comfortable because he’s a real man that has real confidence in what he and his team are doing.

  27. finsbooyah says: Aug 14, 2013 3:29 PM

    It’s a great show and it’s only a “distraction” if you’re unprofessional…

    Last year all the experts thought Miami would win 2-5 games at the most. They won 7. The Jets went to the AFC Championship game the year they were on Hard Knocks. It obviously doesn’t have any ill effects on the product on the field.

    It’s a fun show and all teams should do it. To all those who are making fun of the Bengals and saying that the show is a distraction… if your team was featured, you’d be glued to your TV every Tuesday @ 10pm. Don’t deny, you’ll make yourself look foolish.

  28. themackstrong says: Aug 14, 2013 3:37 PM

    NFL football is entertainment. HBO & NFL films do an exceptional job showing fans/public the inside of a training camp and life of a football player. Love the show and wish more teams would be as brave as the Bengals.

  29. bengalsmofo says: Aug 14, 2013 10:35 PM

    Distraction? Hmmm – perhaps. But the last time the Bengals were on Hard Knocks, they swept the AFCN…6-0.

  30. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 15, 2013 1:54 PM

    Appears Hairston knows how to handle the cameras too.

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