Marvin Lewis talked about his thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals offseason moves at the first day of the NFL meetings.
The Cincinnati Bengals have been a busy team this offseason whether it’s dropping, signing, and trading players or coaches moving around to different pro days checking out new talent. The team has made some great additions so far this offseason and fans are excited about the unusual aggressiveness of the Bengals. Fans aren’t the only ones that are happy though.
Head Coach Marvin Lewis talked about the moves that the Bengals have made this offseason at the first day of the NFL meetings on Sunday. Between new staff and players, Lewis seemed happy about the moves that have been made.
"“As far as the coaching staff and players, I feel really good about what’s been done. Our people did an outstanding job of getting those things done and fitting everything in.”"
He talked about the players that had been picked up and traded for including left tackle Cordy Glenn who was acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. Lewis had some knowledge of him already as former teammates from their college days at Georgia in wide receiver A.J. Green and offensive tackle Clint Boling played with him already.
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"“He’s experienced. He’s athletically so talented,” Lewis said. “Everyone I checked in about him, including guys who were in the huddle with him in Georgia and Buffalo, they all had similar positive comments about him. And the fact he’s excited about a new beginning with guys he’s very comfortable. He was a roommate of A.J.’s early on and played next to Clint.”"
Probably the most exciting new addition to Lewis was inside linebacker Preston Brown. The former Buffalo Bills linebacker and Glenn’s teammate led the league in tackles last season. Cincinnati has been looking for a middle linebacker for a few years now as they have signed guys to one-year deals like Karlos Dansby and Kevin Minter who didn’t work out.
Brown seems to be an upgrade over both Dansby and Minter and Lewis couldn’t be more excited about the signing.
"“That’s the first guy I looked at in the offseason and to be able to get him in here is great,” Lewis said. “Big heavy-handed guy. Just what we’re looking for. I feel good about that. Smart. You like everything about him … His play-making ability, what we’re looking for, is exciting. It was a good fit.”"
All the way down to smaller and earlier signings like defensive tackle Chris Baker and right tackle Bobby Hart, Lewis seems to be really happy about where the Bengals are going in 2018. Dismissing the issues that Hart and Baker had in their previous locker rooms as everyone has an issue at some point in their locker room. It should come as no surprise that Lewis would brush this off as he has his own problem in linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
Fans and Lewis should be excited about the moves that have been made. Key upgrades have been made on both sides of the ball and without losing any significant players to other teams. With there still being time before the draft and even after to sign free agents and then adding on draft picks, the Bengals are shaping up to look better than 2017. It’s something for fans and the team to be excited about even if it is only March.