Lewis: "I Just Can't Accept Mediocrity..."

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis talked to the media this week about his approach to this week's game, Chad Johnson's style, Tony Dungy, and much more.

(on their approach this week)

"It's our first game of our season and we are opening up with the Indianapolis Colts. That's what I told our guys today."

(on building the Bengals' organization) 

"The thing that I've tried to do is bring people here that work and act as professionals every day 24/7, and I think that's the biggest thing, that we have a job to do and let's make sure we do our job to the best of our ability. I just can't accept mediocrity in anything we do."

(on WR-Chad Johnson's obscure behavior)

"Well, people really don't know Chad and how hard he works. Too much is made of what is very little. Every player has a way in the NFL of getting themselves ready against the team they are playing against each and every week. I think every coach knowing how he practices everyday and how he prepares appreciates that. We all go out and out our stamp on our work everyday. When it comes down to it, it is you and that guys across from you and playing that way."

(on QB-Carson Palmer being compared to QB-Peyton Manning) 

"Well he's continued to do the things right like taking care of the football, handling the offense the way we need things done. I think everyone around him has stepped up their game. I hope that we look back at the end of the season and we feel he has played as well as Peyton plays each and every day. We've tried to encourage Carson since the day we drafted him to emulate as much of Peyton as he can. Kind of be a fly on the wall around him and talk to him. I encouraged Carson to seek him out as much as he could."

(on if Peyton is still getting better)

"Oh, I think so, no question. He has such a command of what they want to do offensively and puts his team in position to win."

(on what's behind the takeaways)

"Well I think you have to be number one, lucky. Number two, be playing with speed and being in the right places, attacking the football and getting after it that way, and when the opportunities come, making those plays."

(on being compared to Tony Dungy)

"That's a flattering question. Growing up like I did in Pittsburgh and having Tony's picture (on a schedule card) on my wall when he was a senior at Minnesota, all of those things I have known about Tony for a long time. I hope that someday I can be compared favorably to him, but he's a great role model for myself and people in general."

(on the Colts defensive line)

"They've done a great job. Those guys are really outstanding players. Their tackles are playing very well, they're applying pressure, making people miss and their win versus one-on-one blocking. The ends are getting the sacks, but those three interior guys rolling through there are doing a great job as well."

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