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Perhaps even the most encouraging thing about Lewis going forward is his willingness to adapt and change his ways when he sees a change is needed. During much of his career in Cincy, he’s drawn heavy criticism for his unwillingness to be aggressive with his play calling. Countless times the Bengals have been in fourth-and-manageable, he would opt to punt the ball or kick a long field goal.

Yesterday however, when faced with a 4th-and-22 and the opportunity to pin the Steelers deep in their own territory or attempt a 51 yard field goal, Lewis decided to go for it on 4th and 22. Andy Dalton threw it deep to A.J. Green and Green almost came down with the ball, but could not get the second foot down.

When referring to some of his second-half decisions:

I thanked my team for bailing me out. Some of those decisions backfired a little bit. As a coach I keep telling them to be aggressive and I feel like I have to do some of that too. They bailed me out today.

 

Lewis has been much more aggressive in his play calling and willingness to go for high-risk, high reward plays this year, but it almost backfired on him yesterday. While fans only want to criticize his 4th-and-22 call to go for it, or his continued inability to win a challenge, you cannot deny what Lewis has built in Cincinnati, and that is a contender that is here for the long-run.

 

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