Speaking at league meetings in Arizona yesterday, Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis reiterated his teams’ top priority of re-signing their own players before going out and pursuing other free agents, citing how keeping the same corps of players each year builds chemistry and prevents significant holes from arising:
Everyone wants you to go out and sign someone else’s player. How many guys have made an impact in their first year of signing? We are better served to continue with our guys and are not sitting there with a particular huge void and go forward with our players and keep getting them better as much as we can,” Lewis said. “Literally had the timeline on some of these things gone different we would have been able to do other things. The one thing that happens a little bit is waived guys fell into place right away. Secondly one particularly big deal that isn’t quite done yet gets other deals gummed up. Then what the fans should understand is you have a second wave of guys that need to get done prior to the completion of this season or you are going to go through the same situation again, so hopefully these all fit.
While Lewis is the second longest-tenured head coach in the NFL (10 years), he’s been unable to get the Bengals a postseason victory (0-4), and he isn’t satisfied with just making the playoffs:
It’s not good enough for anyone. We’re not satisfied at all. That can be a perception. There was a perception they never got to the playoffs now there is the perception we are satisfied with it. Someone is putting words in people’s mouths again.