Marvin Lewis is surely happy that his team won for the fifth time in six outings Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Bengals still stressed Lewis out with some sloppy mistakes in Philly. For proof, just click on the audio link at the bottom of this post and give a listen to Lewis’ strained voice from all the yelling he did from the sideline.
Marvin Lewis joined Daybreak on Fox Sports Radio to discuss his team’s victory Thursday night in Philadelphia, young leaders Andy Dalton and Rey Maualuga, the team’s mistakes of late, defensive adjustments and having Thursday games on the schedule.
On the Bengals running the ball very well during the second half of the season:
“I think that’s the key to winning football any time in the NFL, most games — at least it is for us. And I think that’s really the character of our football team.”
On challenging Andy Dalton and Rey Maualuga:
“What I said [earlier in the year] was, ‘You guys are, by position, leaders of this football team, and you need to make sure people play to your standard. And you need to hold them accountable that way.’ And I think they’ve done a great job at that.”
On Brandon Tate returning a punt from his own one-yard line and other mistakes they made Thursday night:
“Wow. … We had some moments where we didn’t play very smart. … We’ve got some coaching to do, some corrections to make, and to quit pressing. There’s no need to press, and that’s all I said to the guys at halftime: ‘Quit pressing, just play football the way you’ve been coached to do it all the time.’”
On what they have to do better on defense:
“We have to intercept the football when opportunity comes. We have to keep tackling and tackling with our arms and get the ball off people.”
On playing on Thursday night:
“It’s difficult on a football team. We have younger guys and a younger team, and based on our game a week ago, it was good for us to go out and play early. But it is difficult.”