The Bengals are holding their final training camp practice today at Paul Brown Stadium. After spending the past 15 training camps at Georgetown College in Kentucky, the team felt it was time to bring camp back home and give Cincinnatians a better chance to support their team. Head Coach Marvin Lewis feels the camp has gone very well:
"It’s gone excellently. I think everybody upstairs feels very, very good about it. Hopefully the fans and everyone else that have experienced it feel just as good about it. There are some things we’ve learned from and been able to do a little better as we move forward and make it a little more comfortable.From the players’ standpoint, they feel good about it, and there are some things we can to do help improve their atmosphere. As I’ve said a couple of times in here, I think the people at the stadium, from the grounds crew and Aramark (food service), and the people in marketing and so forth, have done an excellent job in providing a great environment here."
Bengals fans responded nicely too. After last years’ camp at Georgetown saw an average of 100 fans showing up to support the team, the Bengals were greeted nicely this year with an average attendance of around 1,500 fans as practices were rotated between the practice field and PBS.
From all indications, the team was focused and had productive practices, while avoiding the off-the-field troubles and distractions that have plagued the team seemingly every offseason since Marvin Lewis has been here. The team did suffer some significant injuries, but their backups have filled in adequately and outside of Travelle Wharton’s season ending knee injury, most of the injured starters will be ready by week 1 of the regular season.