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Marvin Lewis says “certain rare ability” needed to play cornerback


The Bengals have taken more cornerbacks in Round One (three) than any other position in Marvin Lewis’ 11 years as head coach.

Of those three first-round corners, Leon Hall (2007) and Dre Kirkpatrick (2012) remain on the roster, with Johnathan Joseph having moved on to Houston in 2011. In addition, the Bengals have two other first-rounders — Terence Newman (2003, Dallas) and Adam Jones (2005, Tennessee) on the depth chart at cornerback.

At the club’s press conference, Lewis went into some detail on why the club has added so much first-round talent at cornerback.

“Quarterback and cornerback are the toughest positions to play in the league, and if you’re not good enough there, everyone else suffers,” Lewis said, according to a transcript on the club’s website. “And there’s no way to mask it. It takes certain rare ability to play those two spots.

“To play cornerback on defense, to run with a guy that can be bigger than you, can be faster than you, knows where he’s going, and you’ve got to run with him, and you’ve got to defend him and you can’t touch him.”

Added Lewis: “That’s a tough position. I’ve been fortunate in the league to be around a bunch of good corners, and most of them came in the first round. I feel pretty good about that.”

The Bengals select 24th overall on Thursday night. And, as it turns out, they could use a little help at cornerback.

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14 Responses to “Marvin Lewis says “certain rare ability” needed to play cornerback”
  1. bengalsbilly says: May 6, 2014 10:04 PM

    That and the later round corners that the Bengals have drafted under ML have been underwhelming.

  2. rutchaser says: May 6, 2014 10:14 PM

    Great insight coach. As a Bengals fan your 500 record and no playoff wins always makes me want to listen to you after 10 years.

  3. cornernum23 says: May 6, 2014 10:29 PM

    He’s right. And as the game gets easier for QBs it’s just going to get harder for corners. I just hope the Lions have the same wisdom in their front office that Marvin Lewis has come Thursday.

  4. zingo1978 says: May 6, 2014 10:44 PM

    Detroit Lions….Take note of this.

  5. xcflqb7 says: May 7, 2014 12:08 AM

    Not if you are playing against Andy Dalton – then all you need is good enough hands to hold onto the clutch interceptions he’ll throw your way

  6. crownofthehelmet says: May 7, 2014 12:54 AM

    Big Ben Effect.

  7. SAV says: May 7, 2014 1:19 AM

    Bengals lucky to have such a great coach, they’d be wise to draft Dalton’s replacement. I think he has peaked

  8. raqaiw says: May 7, 2014 2:42 AM

    He’s right. Out of all the players hindered by the continued addition of pass-friendly rules, the CB is #1.
    Defending a pass without pass interference, illegal contact, or defensive holding being called is nearly impossible.

  9. joetoronto says: May 7, 2014 5:16 AM

    If you know so much about CB’s, why did you let Joseph get away, Marvin?

  10. ravenswhat says: May 7, 2014 7:24 AM

    Agreed. And Revis island is not a fun place for a vacation.

  11. sellout1983 says: May 7, 2014 8:27 AM

    Playing CB in the NFL has now overtaken hitting a curveball as the hardest thing to do in sports.

  12. rawbbqsauce says: May 7, 2014 11:01 AM

    Great quotes by Marvin Lewis. I couldn’t agree more. QB and CB are the hardest positions.

    If you’re a CB, one slight false step, you’re toast. Touchdown.

  13. shoesfinest says: May 7, 2014 12:11 PM

    Well you sure can’t be average and keep your job at Corner very long. I mean surely any corner that gets beat 50% of the snaps he plays would be fired in a hurry right? Right Marvin? I mean after all you have kept your job for going on 12 years and you get beat exactly half the time.

  14. bengalskuta82 says: May 10, 2014 9:20 AM

    Thats why the good ones get paid big big bux

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