Marvin Lewis decides dancing is where he draws the line

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Marvin Lewis coaches the team that used a second-round pick on a guy who punched a woman in the face.

Marvin Lewis thinks the NFL’s relaxation of celebration penalties sets a bad example for the youth of America.

Via Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com, the Bengals coach said he was not a fan of the league’s decision to allow expanded touchdown celebrations.

I’m not for that at all,” Lewis said. “We had a good standard and the whole standard has always been you want to teach people how to play the game the correct way and go about it the correct way, and that’s not a very good example for young people.”

Lewis has seen first-hand when individualism is taken to its extreme, having coached Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens, two of the greats of the last generation of players allowed to have fun after achieving a difficult thing.

“The rules were changed for a reason and I thought we had a good outcome,” Lewis said. “Again, this is a team game, and . . . I don’t understand why we want to give in to individual celebrations.”

Of course, it would be easy to suggest that Lewis is focusing on the wrong things, considering the Bengals just drafted Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who fell into their laps because there happened to be video of him — stop us if we said this already — punching a woman in the face.

And because it’s easy to suggest that Lewis is focusing on the wrong things, we’ll continue to do it. Particularly when Mixon scores a touchdown this year, the ability to do so which caused the Bengals to ignore the fact he punched a woman in the face.

He better not dance, or else Lewis might have to say enough is enough.

58 responses to “Marvin Lewis decides dancing is where he draws the line

  1. Yes Mixon sure did punch a woman in the face, got suspended for a season, apologized for it and lost a few million dollars in the process. The NFL picks and chooses when and with whom it will make a statement. Ray Rice and Colin Kapernick. The league wasn’t going to do anything about Giants punter until it was exposed to the media. So you can protest and bring up the fact Mixon punched a woman in the face, well, until you’re red in face. Bottom line is, he was available for 32 teams to select and one team selected him. Your beef should be with the NFL, not the team that selected him.

  2. Yes Marvin Lewis is a clown and his failure to corral Chad Johnson is one of the reasons the No Fun League started it’s heavy handed policies in the first place. Yes Marvin says these things and then his players play about as undisciplined as humanly possible.

    You need to stop saying anyone ignored Joe Mixon punching someone in the face. The Bengals took a chance that he couldn’t possibly be stupid enough to punch a woman in the face again, they’re probably right. Yes Mike Brown cares about money and value more than most things in this world and saw a woman-beater as a value in the 2nd round (in football terms, he’s a great value). It’s an insult to Amelia Molitor to equate dancing on the field to physical assault. While both show Marvin Lewis’ inability to control his players or make the right decisions (he still denies a link between football and brain injuries), they are unrelated.

  3. @blah773 says:
    May 23, 2017 4:39 PM

    i remember when this team used to focus on *not* losing a playoff game.
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    When was that…198o something?

  4. Of course, it would be easy to suggest that Lewis is focusing on the wrong things, considering the Bengals just drafted Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who fell into their laps because there happened to be video of him — stop us if we said this already — punching a woman in the face.

    And because it’s easy to suggest that Lewis is focusing on the wrong things, we’ll continue to do it.
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    Who say’s hes focused on this? A member of the media asked him a question about the rule change. He answered it. I don’t think it means he’s not concerned about bigger issues, no?

  5. But the TD dances are one of the best ways to know what era the game is from when watching it decades later on an NFL Films retrospective. For example, a Macarena celebration combined with the Dolphins actually winning a game screams mid-1990s.

  6. It’s an insult to Amelia Molitor to equate dancing on the field to physical assault.

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    You seriously thought he was equating them? Hmm, I got something totally different.

  7. Im thinking that JJ Watt would be the first to break out the Macarena!!

    Id give him $20.

  8. Maybe he should care less about the end zone celebrations and more when members of his team go nuts (Adam Jones, Vontaze Burfict) go nuts and cost them a playoff game….or at least heavily contribute to said loss…

    At least he is focused on what matters–making sure jones and Burfict are in prime position to commit a game-turning penalty.

    If either one scores the dance is the least of the problems

  9. Is this the same Marvin Lewis who let Chad Johnson do anything he wanted and had no problem with his antics? Are we now living in an alternate universe?

  10. I really think it’s awful that you decided to trivialize the Mixon incident to criticize a coach who disagrees with end zone celebrations.

    One really has nothing to do with the other. I think every one in the world would agree that assault is a much more important topic than celebrations.

    But that doesn’t mean the coach can’t have an opinion on something of less importance, such as end-zone celebrations, the length of OT, etc. And if he speaks out on something of less importance, that doesn’t mean he condones the more serious action (in this case, the Mixon incident). How do you even know that Lewis was on board with the selection?

  11. Marvin Lewis doesn’t decide who the Bengals draft. So the whole premise to this article is false.

    There are plenty of players in the NFL who have done horrible and stupid things. I think it would make more sense to be consistent with the moral outrage and not pile it all on one young player who seems to be making a sincere effort to turn his life around.

  12. Dancing is bad.

    Domestic violence, dui, other violent criminal actions, they’re just find with Marvin

    SMH

  13. Marvin Lewis needs to understand the problem is a NFL HC should never lose control of his locker room after al Steve Smith done many touchdown celebrations but it didn’t get dumb like Chad’s did

  14. Anything they gain trying to make the game faster they will lose with jackass celebrations. Players will take it too far.

  15. @mackcarrington says:
    May 23, 2017 4:57 PM

    Is this the same Marvin Lewis who let Chad Johnson do anything he wanted and had no problem with his antics? Are we now living in an alternate universe?
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    I voted thumbs down only because Lewis demonstrated then as he does now that he does not command the respect of his players.

  16. The NFL continues to go backwards. Really you need to try to show up the other team by doing foolish dances. Act like you have some class. Be a team player not me me me as what all NFL players have become.

  17. The idea that there is some kind of stoic value to handing the ball back to the ref is silly. It doesn’t teach kids anything negative to celebrate an accomplishment in a fun way.

  18. I have never cared about ‘seeing the players’ personalities’ on the field. I just don’t. Any move that injects personality into the game will drive this young fan away. Sorry.

  19. If you’re so against it, Marvin, tell your team they can’t do it. Don’t pass the buck to the league.

  20. So teach your players better, moron. Lead by example. If someone else is happy they did something good and that bothers you, that’s a you problem.

  21. Call me old and stuffy, but celebrations for doing your job – one that you are very overcompensated for – is absurd.

  22. Dancing in the end zone is just another method of taunting. It has no place in football.

  23. jpoh333 says:
    May 23, 2017 5:00 PM

    I think it would make more sense to be consistent with the moral outrage and not pile it all on one young player who seems to be making a sincere effort to turn his life around.

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    Consistent with the moral outrage. Not like Mixon’s the first Bengal with a scumbag image. He’s just one in a long, proud tradition. People are being consistent.

    BTW if Mixon had gotten chosen by almost any other team in the NFL, he wouldn’t still be getting the attention he gets. Because he gets picked by Cincinnati, where there’s a pattern/history of seeming tolerance of player misconduct and character issues, we’ll never stop hearing about it.

  24. If the Bengals are one thing, its consistent. Even though their philosophy has been unsuccessful for years, they don’t waiver. Go figure. Cant defend it.

  25. Dance in the clubs, not the games & stop dropping the footballs before you reach the end zone you idiot fools…Marvin Lewis is 100% correct concerning this issue!!

  26. maestro1899 says:
    May 23, 2017 5:00 PM

    I really think it’s awful that you decided to trivialize the Mixon incident to criticize a coach who disagrees with end zone celebrations.

    One really has nothing to do with the other. I think every one in the world would agree that assault is a much more important topic than celebrations.

    But that doesn’t mean the coach can’t have an opinion on something of less importance, such as end-zone celebrations, the length of OT, etc. And if he speaks out on something of less importance, that doesn’t mean he condones the more serious action (in this case, the Mixon incident). How do you even know that Lewis was on board with the selection?

    Great post.

  27. Perhaps then you’ll supply a handy list of all the ‘right things’ that Lewis may appropriately comment on (so reporters may know what NOT to ask him to comment on for them, of course) …?

  28. Can we just get back to football being football please? I tune in to watch the games. The drama is absurd. Celebrate a TD if you must, but choreographed dance routines and the use of props is in no way a celebration. It is a demonstration and really has no place in pro ball. If you want to watch people trash talk or dance then you have the option of wrestling or dancing with the stars.

  29. davefromtheburgh says:
    May 23, 2017 6:23 PM
    Honestly, Joe Mixon shouldn’t be in the NFL. And neither should dancing celebrations
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    Says the fan of a team that employs Roethlisberger, Porter and James Harrison. Not to mention the most notorious dancer in Antonio Brown. Get real.

  30. I agree with Marvin but it’s funny coming from him since he has never been able to control his players and it’s cost them wins.

  31. I have no problem with Marvin Lewis, and I’m happy the Bengals drafted Mixon. I also have no problem with what Mixon did in retaliation for being slapped by the woman. I wouldn’t do it, but I’m cool with Mixon. Just my honest opinion. Guess who I voted for?

  32. i agree 100% with coach lewis. this is another great example of a marvin giving excelent fatherly advice. it reminds me a lot of the movie footloose. right now the national football league is nice oklahoma town. but pretty soon its gonna decend into godlessness if we dont save it from the big city glory boys!

  33. Find me one roster without someone on it who has done something illegal or with bad judgement. Then you can hate on Marvin. These are football players not leaders of society. People hate on Marvin for not winning playoff games. Tomlin has won playoff games w knuckleheads and that’s ok (and I hate Pittsburg). The pats cheat and win. It’s all about wins and losses, folks.

  34. maestro1899 says:
    May 23, 2017 5:00 PM

    I really think it’s awful that you decided to trivialize the Mixon incident to criticize a coach who disagrees with end zone celebrations. One really has nothing to do with the other.
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    Actually this article is specifically about what Marvin Lewis thinks sets a good example for young people.

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    jpoh333 says:
    May 23, 2017 5:00 PM

    Marvin Lewis doesn’t decide who the Bengals draft. So the whole premise to this article is false.
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    It’s also well known that Mike Brown takes even his coordinators’ opinions very seriously on who to draft. And apparently his head coach wasn’t strong enough in opposition to hiring a man who punches women.

  35. photoguy13 says:
    May 23, 2017 6:07 PM

    Dancing in the end zone is just another method of taunting. It has no place in football.

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    So I guess spiking the football is taunting too. As long as they aren’t delaying the game who cares.

  36. Has any other coach been ever been employed as long as he has without winning a playoff game?

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