Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings postgame quotes
Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis
I think going in to the football game there are things we’ve got to get done. First off, [we] give them the ball first and they go down and score a touchdown. Then we come back and we don’t convert [on] third down. We go down and actually get the stop defensively, then we come back and we have the interception on offense. Those things put ourselves behind a little bit in the football game. We’re just playing catch-up and it was unfortunate. We don’t want to get in a situation in this football game and you know, I took the fourth on a half-yard and we don’t convert that fourth down, which was a huge play and defense does a nice job and holds them to a field goal there. We have been conspiring against ourselves so much. I realize we have some younger guys, some newer guys on defense, but we got to find a way to get them in position to play winning football, productive football for us.
Q: Is the ESPN report from this morning about you walking away after this season accurate?
A: No, it’s the same report you guys have bee Green Bay Packers n reporting on all season. There’s nothing changed since August. It’s speculation that people keep throwing out there. We’re all wasting time talking about that.
Q: Doe Packers Jersey For Sale s the ESPN report catch you by surprise?
A: I don’t see it, so, it doesn’t.
Q: Have you made up your mind on where you will be professionally next season?
A: I have not made any decisions about anything as I’ve told you how many times?
Q: Would it be inaccurate to say you have made a decision, as of now, to move on?
A: Yeah, I think it is [inaccurate]. I’ve not made any decisions, as I’ve continued to tell you.
Q: Moving forward this season, will you consider playing
A: No, I will not.
Q: You know all about Mike Zimmer’s defensive. Did anything surprise you there today?
A: No, they did a nice job. We had an opportunity to make a couple plays and we just have to keep … you know. The guys did a nice job.
Q: Any words between you and Zimmer after the game?
A: Good luck to him.
Q: Anything you can put your finger on offensively that hasn’t been working? This is the second straight game where not much happened there.
A: No, we didn’t get much. We have to find a way to do a better job, particularly on early downs. I don’t know what the first third down was – third and four or five? And we had the penalty and that sets it back a little bit. We have to convert third downs and we’re not making any plays down the field. We need to keep making plays and opportunities, and we didn’t get anything done that way.
Q: You know the team is on their phones before the game and this report spread like wildfire. Do you think the report about you from this morning had any impact o Martellus Bennett Jersey n performance today?
A: No, these guys are on their phone with somebody that’s not watching or has anything to do with the NFL.
Q: Did you have to address it when it came out?
A: I just addressed it in there to them [after the game].
Q: Did you tell them it wasn’t true?
A: I just said, ‘Don’t be concerned.’
Q: What affect does this report have on you personally?
A: Well it’s ridiculous. We’re wasting time; that’s all. And it affects people around you, which is unfortunate. I understand that’s what drives media, but people just throw things out on Monday night and everyone has to respond. Everybody wants to be first. They don’t care if they’re accurate necessarily, right? They want to be first.
Q: Do you intend to be coaching somewhere in 2018?
A: Again, we’ll see what happens.
Q: Marv, there is a quote in there that says you are exploring other opportunities. Where do you think the quote comes from?
A: I don’t know.
Q: Did the pregame reporting about your head coach effect the game?
A: No. Regardless of whatever went on, we have to go play a football game David Bakhtiari Jersey , and we weren’t able to play the way we wanted to. We have to look at this and find everything we can to fix it, because this isn’t the type of team we feel like we are, and we have to get better from it.
Q: Did your head coach talk to you at all about the situation?
A: He just mentioned it. But, I think at the end of the day we just have to keep playing. That’s all that was really said.
Q: What were the Vikings doing that was so effective against you guys?
A: They’ve got good players. They are playing really well. They are playing at a high level. They obviously played a lot better than we did today. I think that they are not just doing it on one side of the ball, they are doing it at all three phases, and they are a good team.
Bengals Wide Receiver
Q: How did the news about Marvin Lewis impact the game?
A: I don’t think it impacted it at all. We are all professionals. We have a job to do and that’s what we get paid for.
Q: Was that defense as good as you’ve faced this season?
A: They’re a good defense. [Mike] Zimmer was here what I first got here and we all know what he’s capable of. He a great defensive minded coach and he has them playing well. They have a great scheme, great corners, great front four and they’re playing great.
Q: What do you do with two weeks to go? How do you motivate yourself?
A: I’m always motivated. My motivation is to be great, I don’t need extra motivation. No matter how the season is going, I’m going to give it all I have. It’s all I know.
Q: Did Marvin address the situation at all before the game?
A: He didn’t address it and he didn’t need to address it. Like I said, we all get paid to do our job, no matter what happens. My heart is in every play and we have to deal with the results. All I can do is go out there and control what I can control and that’s myself.
Q: The offense has been painful to watch, what’s wrong?
A: We’re not getting first downs. We are behind the sticks a lot. The type of season we’re having is tough. All I can do is control what I can control. I’m trying to make the plays whenever my number is called.
Q: We know this team is depleted with injuries, is that a factor, or is the team not playing well?
A: We’re just not playing well. We all have jobs to do, we all get paid. We’re not doing our job right now.
Q: Is this as disappointed you’ve been in the last two weeks, considering the way this team has played?
A: This is the most disappointed I’ve been in the last couple of years. It’s been a tough season. Tough times don’t last long, tough people do. That’s my motto. It’s going to be tough, but I’m going to keep fighting.
Bengals Wide Receiver
Q: Was the news about Coach Marvin Lewis before the game distracting?
A: From what I have heard it has been like that for the past few years, so it is what it is. We can’t control what the media has going on, or what Marvin has going on. We are football players, we have to come out here and play our game and we didn’t.
Q: Did you hear about Coach Marvin Lewis leaving on social media?
A: I heard about it from AJ Green to tell you the truth. A few guys were talking about it on the bus ride here, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter.
Q: Did Marvin Lewis address it at all?
Coach Lewis addressed it a little bit. But whatever happens, happens. We still have to go ahead and play football.
Q: Did the news distract you?
A: No, it doesn’t distract me. I don’t get distracted by things I cannot control. All I can control is what I do on the field, and obviously I didn’t do well today.
Q: How did you react to him moving on after he has been here so long?
A: It is hard to answer that question, because he is still here. Until the season is over and until whatever happens he is still going to coach us to death. We are still going to look forward to meetings tomorrow, watching this film getting it behind us, and moving on to the Detroit Lions.
Q: Marvin Jones is the only coach these guys have ever had at least as a Bengal, what does it mean to hear he is leaving?
A: It will hurt a lot of guys, it will hurt. Like you said this is the only coach they have ever had, this is the only coach that has been here for 10 years. To change, it will hurt. But we have enough guys, we have enough professionals around here that they will know there is a new coach coming in, pick up your jockstraps, continue to practice, and prove to the next coach that you can play.
Q: Was it a frustrating day out there today for everybody?
A: It was very frustrating. We prepared well for this team, we knew it was just going to be like facing our defense, because Coach Mike Zimmer came from our system and it’s the same defense we still run. We knew what type of defense we were going to face. We just couldn’t convert on anything today, 3-and-out after 3-and-out. If we did get a play it was a holding, or a penalty. We played terrible today as a whole offense.
Q: It seems like it has been that way the last two games, any particular reason?
A: I can’t put my hand on one particular reason, I just feel like we haven’t been professional. We just haven’t performed the way that we should be performing.
Q: Did they do anything with their coverage tonight playing mostly man-coverage right?
A: No, they played man maybe a few snaps. They zoned it out, they let Xavier Rhodes follow AJ Green and did what we expected them to do.
Q: How disappointing have these last two weeks been for you?
A: Last two? Hell, the last three. It has been real disappointing. It was close in Pittsburgh, last week get embarrassed, at home by the Chicago Bears, then we come on the road. We told everybody if we don’t come out to play this team will blow us out of their arena because they play really well at home and have a really good defense. Guys didn’t come to play, and that is exactly what happened.
Q: Looked like Terence Newman was in the huddle he was jumping routes all day wasn’t he?
A: Yeah, he is a veteran. 15 years, he has seen every route, every combination, every plan you can run. He can dissect plays really fast, and he played a good game. I left Andy Dalton out to dry on that interception. I should have kept going but I tried to stop and catch it with my hands, rather than continue to run and catch it with my body. I am the one that cause that interception it’s on me, and not on Andy.
Q: You have been on the highest of highs winning a Super Bowl, how hard is it when a team is spiraling like this?
A: It is extremely hard. Me and AJ Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Nick Perry Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Alternate Yellow Jersey Green talked about it on the sideline. But, you Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Martellus Bennett Elite Salute To Service Jersey have to find a way to stay motivated. You have to motivate yourself, you cannot be looking to the next man, or to the coaches for motivation, Nick Perry Jersey you have to motivate yourself. At the end of the day you have to play for yourself and have to have pride, and you have to play for your teammates. As hard as it is, you have to find a way. We need to find a way, as soon as possible.
Bengals Defensive End
Q: How aware was the team that Marvin Lewis was going to step aside after the season and was there any talk about it during the game?
A: We didn’t’ talk about it during the game and I didn’t hear it on the bus. I found out on social media.
Q: What was your reaction to the reports of Marvin Lewis stepping aside?
A: I don’t think Marvin is that messy to say something like that before a game, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Q: Did Marvin Lewis address the team about the reports?
A: No, he didn’t even address it. If you don’t feel guilty or have a guilty conscience, then why would you address it? It may or may not be true, but at the end of the day, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. I still had a football game to play.
Q: If Marvin Lewis does leave after the season, what do you think will happen to the team?
A: We’re 4-10. What do you think is going to happen at the end of the season? We’ll see. We’ll figure it out. We’re 4-10. We’re trying not to go 4-12. Whatever happens after the season will happen at the end of the season. Right now, I’m trying to control what I can control. I’m trying to stay healthy and win the next game.
Q: What do you think the difference has been between the last few weeks and the beginning of the season?
A: We’re getting out executed and we’re playing really good football teams. The Vikings are probably going to host a few games in the playoffs and the Super Bowl is in their stadium. They have everything they want in front of them and they are playing very disciplined.
Q: Since the defense if very depleted, do you think that’s why the defense is playing poor?
A: We’re playing a lot of snaps. Anytime you have to play a lot of snaps, you’re going to have mental lapses. It is what it is. We have to get off the field and our offense has to stay on the field.
Q: You have lost back-to-back by over 20 points in the last two weeks, is that the lowest you can remember in you tenure as a Bengal?
A: Yeah, it’s embarrassing. I’ve put way too much into this to feel like this after a game and to not even be in a close game. I’m not alone in this, obviously. Everyone in this locker room has invested their lives in this.
Q: Do you think the reports about Marvin Lewis had an effect on how the team played today?
A: There’s no telling. We played this bad last week.