Marvin Lewis stands by John Ross despite dreadful rookie year

Getty Images

The Bengals made wide receiver John Ross the ninth overall pick in last year’s draft, and he had about as bad a rookie season as possible: He never caught a pass, and the only time he touched the ball, on a running play, he fumbled.

But Bengals coach Marvin Lewis denies he has any issues with Ross, and thinks a much better second season is in store.

“He wasn’t in my doghouse. I don’t have a doghouse,” Lewis said. “I think he’s all the ability we wanted. That’s why we drafted him. He had to get fixed. We knew he was injured going in and he got nicked up a couple of times in his lower legs and the other shoulder was bothering him. He’s all fixed now.”

It’s true that Ross was dealing with injuries, but even when he was healthy the Bengals sometimes made him inactive simply because they didn’t think he was one of their 46 best players. That’s not what you want from a Top 10 pick.

Ross set the record for the fastest 40-yard dash in the history of the Scouting Combine, so there’s no doubt about his athletic talent. But it’s time for him to be known for something other than running fast in shorts and a t-shirt. This year, the Bengals need Ross to do something on the field.

40 responses to “Marvin Lewis stands by John Ross despite dreadful rookie year

  1. I think everybody except for the Bengals knew he shouldn’t have been drafted that high. They screwed up because they needed OL help badly and they could have had Ross much later

  2. I didn’t think it could get any worse than Marvin getting another extension until I read he also got a raise to 6 million a year!!!!!!! He is now one of the top 10 highest paid coaches and has never won anything. Can you imagine getting a raise after not being successful at your job?

  3. I don’t fault the Bengals at all for drafting Ross, only on the bizarre way they handled him. Lewis talks now about how it was just about Ross getting healthy, but they pulled him after a fumble (on a play that he gained 25 yards on a jet sweep) and he never saw the field again. Hopefully, they’ll get value out of him because he’d make a huge difference for this offense

  4. He actually had a worse rookie season than Laquon Treadwell of the Vikings had. ( 1 catch for 15 yards )
    And as anyone that knows football, that takes some doing.

  5. They have the worst O-line in pro football and a QB that makes a living off of AJ Green’s talent. Why they thought a one-trick go-router was the right guy for them is quite the Marvin Lewis decision.

  6. Underachieving coach allowed year after year to keep his job defends underachieving player and stands by him? Say it ain’t so!

  7. Ross needs to be wherever Andy Dalton is right now and catch anything he’s willing to throw.

  8. They stuck with Ross through a bad year, why give up on him now? Marv says hes fixed. Marv is taking the hero or zero gamble here. Lots of pressure on Ross now.

  9. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    April 1, 2018 at 9:16 am
    They have the worst O-line in pro football and a QB that makes a living off of AJ Green’s talent. Why they thought a one-trick go-router was the right guy for them is quite the Marvin Lewis decision.
    ———————-

    You should check out Dalton’s stats without AJ Green. Then peep Green’s stats without Andy. I think you’ll be surprised.

  10. Lewis is now entering the comfy grandpa stage of a coaching tenure almost only obtained in the college ranks. But his is the only one in history pro or college that doesn’t include some sort of playoff success that triggered it.

  11. Everyone expects 1st round rookies to be good right away and they shouldn’t. Guys like OBJ, Julio,Cooper have made it hard on other guys. Most 1st rd WRs are not on their level. They need 2-3 years before they will consistently contribute. Having said that I don’t think Ross will ever be anything special.

  12. I still like Ross. Still think he can be a good player. I also still think Lewis and the red rocket are a rung below average and the bengals have one of the worst lines in football.

    Perhaps getting cut would be the best thing for Ross.

    On a side note. Now that I think about it. Props to AJ for never requesting a trade out of that dumpster fire. That’s loyalty.

  13. I probably have way better hands than this bust, my problem is I don’t run the 40 in record breaking time. Score another to the useless combine freaks whose ability does not transfer to ability.


  14. gauchosporlife says:
    April 1, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    I probably have way better hands than this bust, my problem is I don’t run the 40 in record breaking time. Score another to the useless combine freaks whose ability does not transfer to ability

    uhhhhh

    No.

  15. Look speed is great, but when you can not keep your QB up right to throw anything deep, then that speed is effectively nuetralized. It might not have been that Ross wasn’t as “good” as the other recievers when healthy, but that Ross could not rely on his bread and butter go route with Cincy’s O-line play. That flaw might change after the 2018 draft is completed.

  16. You can have all the speed in the World but when you are stupid it doesn’t matter. He was used to running past College kids but the NFL is full of stars.. A whole different world!
    Just like the Vikings Treadwell, a wasted 1st round pick!

  17. john ross is a bum. and so is marvin lewis and his stupid bungals. cincinnatti should be banned from playing pro football, as they suck.

  18. Adam Kachur says: john ross is a bum. and so is marvin lewis and his stupid bungals. cincinnatti should be banned from playing pro football, as they suck……..
    ==================================
    ……so does your spelling pal……….

  19. Easy fix. Trade Ross to the Browns for Cory Coleman. That way when they both get cut you’re not cutting your own 1st. round bust. Problem solved.

  20. You don’t like John Ross?
    You better like Ross, we gave up 2 firsts and a second round pick to get him.What am I talking about? The most under reported story of the 2017 draft by our local lapdog press was the Bengals turning down the Texans offer to trade up last year. ( Reporter to Marvin after the First Pick.”Did you get any trade offers” Marvin: No one called while we were on the clock” No follow up question from local lapdog reporters. Who did the Texans make a trade with? The Browns, a team that needed a quarterback worse than the Texans. When you want to trade up in the draft for a certain player who do you call? A team that needs the exact same thing you do or the teams ahead of them. Those picks turned out to be the 4th over all pick in round 1 and pick 3 of the second round.

    You better love John Ross the Bengals paid a kings ransom for him

  21. “He wasn’t in my doghouse. I don’t have a doghouse”

    I think this quote speaks volumes about Marvin Lewis as a coach.

    Regular season: 125–112–3 (.527)
    Postseason: 0–7

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!