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Marvin Lewis on Hue Jackson: “I miss the hell out of him”

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head Coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals walks on the field while his players warm up prior to the start of the game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

Together, Marvin Lewis and Hue Jackson had one of the most consistently performing teams in the NFL over the previous four seasons.

Apart, they’re a combined 2-10 this year, and Lewis isn’t afraid to admit that it’s been hard replacing his former offensive coordinator.

I miss the hell out of him,” the Bengals head coach said of his Browns counterpart, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He said the two talk regularly, but haven’t this week.

“When my phone rings at 5 o’clock in the morning, I know it’s only one person,” Lewis said. “It’s not Chad [Johnson] either, it’s Chad’s former coach, Hue. I watch their games every week, and text or call him. He’s coaching his tail off, as we knew he would.”

Of course, the results aren’t there, as the Browns are 0-6. But the Bengals aren’t much better at the moment, at 2-4 and scuffling in the AFC North. It’s a steep drop-off from where they’ve been, as they made the playoffs and won two division titles in the four years Lewis and Jackson were together.

The loss of Jackson might not be the only reason the Bengals are struggling this year, but it’s among them. They were seventh in the league in scoring last year and are 30th now, and Andy Dalton’s passer rating is off nearly 10 points (106.3 to 97.2).

So if Marvin’s feeling a little nostalgic this week, it’s easy to understand why.

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19 Responses to “Marvin Lewis on Hue Jackson: “I miss the hell out of him””
  1. brettfavrecellphone says: Oct 18, 2016 11:17 AM

    Respond to “Marvin Lewis on Playoff Wins: “I miss the hell out of them””

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    Postseason: 0–7 (.000)

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 18, 2016 11:25 AM

    Too bad you can’t just do a merger between 2 teams – the bengals and browns could combine rosters and coaching staffs to come up with 1 competitive team.

  3. weepingjebus says: Oct 18, 2016 11:28 AM

    The league did them no favors by making them stops #1 and 2 on the Brady Revenge Tour. Entirely possible that was intentional, as Goodell sure wasn’t going to sacrifice his precious Colts or Jets.

  4. jag1959 says: Oct 18, 2016 11:30 AM

    If it’s any consolation Hue probably misses him too.

  5. pastabelly says: Oct 18, 2016 11:37 AM

    weepingjebus says:
    Oct 18, 2016 11:28 AM
    The league did them no favors by making them stops #1 and 2 on the Brady Revenge Tour. Entirely possible that was intentional, as Goodell sure wasn’t going to sacrifice his precious Colts or Jets.
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    That makes no sense. First of all, the Patriots and Colts don’t plays. Second, the Jets were the only division team that didn’t get to face the Patriots with Brady suspended.

  6. joetoronto says: Oct 18, 2016 11:48 AM

    Mike Brown let Zimmer and Jackson get away, but hung onto Lewis.

    Like the old saying goes, that’s all she wrote.

  7. dirtdawg54 says: Oct 18, 2016 12:00 PM

    Four playoff appearances and two division titles. Zero playoff wins. This is what constitutes success in Bunglesland.

    What a joke.

  8. madmax80 says: Oct 18, 2016 12:02 PM

    When my phone rings at 5AM, it’s “Jane” from Credit Card Services” wanting to speak to me about “My Account”.

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 18, 2016 12:09 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Oct 18, 2016 11:28 AM
    The league did them no favors by making them stops #1 and 2 on the Brady Revenge Tour. Entirely possible that was intentional, as Goodell sure wasn’t going to sacrifice his precious Colts or Jets.

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    Don’t you mean Brady Revenge Tour 2.0? The last ended prematurely in the AFCC game when Manning outplayed Brady by scoring twice as many TDs.

  10. PFT loves the Steelers says: Oct 18, 2016 12:10 PM

    League had it out for the Bengals this year. Brutal opening schedule (@Pats, Broncos, @Cowboys, @Steelers) and the Burfict witch hunt has been a joke. Look at all the dirty hits Ward and Talib have in a Broncos uniform, yet they only receive fines…if that. Burfict gets hammered with a 3 game suspension for a hit on Brown where he didn’t even use his helmet. Yet talking heads are all up in arms like it was the dirty hit of the century. What a joke. The Steelers have made it routine to lay our guys out for years and not a word is said. Palmer, Huber, Gio Bernard, Keith Rivers, Tyler Eifert. All victims of dirty hits, yet there was no outrage. Then the Bengals get a guy who does the same thing and suddenly folks are up in arms? And let’s be real, that hit yesterday on Bennett was textbook. They want Burfict to go low, so he went low. Brady pumped at Bennett and both Pacman and Burfict bit. Nothing dirty about it, Burfict was trying to make a play. Btw, the Pats were the only ones jawing and getting flags yesterday. The Bengals haven’t been flagged once for that this year.

  11. daramsman says: Oct 18, 2016 12:14 PM

    Mike Brown let Zimmer and Jackson get away, but hung onto Lewis.

    Like the old saying goes, that’s all she wrote.
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    Mike had nothing to do with Zimmer and Jackson leaving. Those two were ready to be head coaches. In the long run I think Jackson is going to be a a good head coach. Zimmer is off the charts good.

  12. jm91rs says: Oct 18, 2016 12:18 PM

    If this is the under .500 season that finally gets Marvin fired, then the entire Bengals fan base is going to miss the hell out of Hue because he would have been a great upgrade over Marvin. This team needs fire. Zimmer and Jackson were that fire and I fear that Mike Brown’s loyalty to Marvin Lewis cost them dearly.
    As for Hue’s replacement, maybe the Bengals should be out looking for the next Hue Jackson or even the next Jay Gruden rather than taking a long time assistant and just assuming he can do the same things those 2 did. Look for a failed Head Coach that was an offensive guru similar to Norv Turner.

  13. magnumpimustache says: Oct 18, 2016 12:18 PM

    Outside of Oakland 15 years ago.

    The Bengals are the most undisciplined team in the NFL.

    That’s all on the coach

  14. ballboy48 says: Oct 18, 2016 12:20 PM

    The minute Marvin is let go from Cincy, he will be on his way upstate in Cleveland.

  15. rutchaser says: Oct 18, 2016 12:37 PM

    I wish Marvin would have gone to Cleveland instead.

  16. ryanvanslooten says: Oct 18, 2016 12:47 PM

    Marvin is going to be missing the hell out of his job at the end of this season. Bengals fans were dead on about Zimmer, SO glad my Vikings got him.

  17. joetoronto says: Oct 18, 2016 4:46 PM

    daramsman says:
    Oct 18, 2016 12:14 PM
    Mike Brown let Zimmer and Jackson get away, but hung onto Lewis.

    Like the old saying goes, that’s all she wrote.
    _________________________________________

    Mike had nothing to do with Zimmer and Jackson leaving. Those two were ready to be head coaches. In the long run I think Jackson is going to be a a good head coach. Zimmer is off the charts good.
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    “Mike” decided to keep Lewis and not give the HC position to Jackson or Zimmer.

    What’s so hard to understand?

  18. thereving7 says: Oct 18, 2016 10:26 PM

    League had it out for the Bengals this year. Brutal opening schedule (@Pats, Broncos, @Cowboys, @Steelers) and the Burfict witch hunt has been a joke. Look at all the dirty hits Ward and Talib have in a Broncos uniform, yet they only receive fines…if that. Burfict gets hammered with a 3 game suspension for a hit on Brown where he didn’t even use his helmet. Yet talking heads are all up in arms like it was the dirty hit of the century. What a joke. The Steelers have made it routine to lay our guys out for years and not a word is said. Palmer, Huber, Gio Bernard, Keith Rivers, Tyler Eifert. All victims of dirty hits, yet there was no outrage. Then the Bengals get a guy who does the same thing and suddenly folks are up in arms? And let’s be real, that hit yesterday on Bennett was textbook. They want Burfict to go low, so he went low. Brady pumped at Bennett and both Pacman and Burfict bit. Nothing dirty about it, Burfict was trying to make a play. Btw, the Pats were the only ones jawing and getting flags yesterday. The Bengals haven’t been flagged once for that this year.
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    Yup, couldn’t have said it any better. I’ve played sports against guys like the Steelers (and fans), they play dirty and hit you hard, but once you hit them back and give them some of their own medicine they cry like a little girl as if you stole their candy.

  19. grogansheroes says: Oct 19, 2016 8:52 AM

    PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Oct 18, 2016 12:10 PM
    League had it out for the Bengals this year. Brutal opening schedule (@Pats, Broncos, @Cowboys, @Steelers) and the Burfict witch hunt has been a joke. Look at all the dirty hits Ward and Talib have in a Broncos uniform, yet they only receive fines…if that. Burfict gets hammered with a 3 game suspension for a hit on Brown where he didn’t even use his helmet. Yet talking heads are all up in arms like it was the dirty hit of the century. What a joke. The Steelers have made it routine to lay our guys out for years and not a word is said. Palmer, Huber, Gio Bernard, Keith Rivers, Tyler Eifert. All victims of dirty hits, yet there was no outrage. Then the Bengals get a guy who does the same thing and suddenly folks are up in arms? And let’s be real, that hit yesterday on Bennett was textbook. They want Burfict to go low, so he went low. Brady pumped at Bennett and both Pacman and Burfict bit. Nothing dirty about it, Burfict was trying to make a play. Btw, the Pats were the only ones jawing and getting flags yesterday. The Bengals haven’t been flagged once for that this year.
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    Most of your tirade is correct. Except you can’t TACKLE a receiver unless he has the BALL!

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