In the ten years Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has been at the helm, you can count on one hand the number of times he's shown an extreme emotional reaction. So when Lewis told reporters at the annual NFL owners' meetings in Palm Beach, FL that "I'm jacked about what we've done", it should be noted as a significant statement.
Lewis expressed extreme satisfaction at the Bengals' execution of their off season plan thus far:
"We basically were able to go out and sign pretty much the guys we hoped to sign,” Lewis said. “The guys we talked about when we met early on in March. Our two guys up front got an opportunity to move on. You’ve got to feel good for them. Hopefully these guys that we just brought in have that same kind of opportunity. The guys we currently have on our team."
Lewis was particularly thrilled with the acquisition of RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis from New England, saying "I feel really good about that. Really good." Lewis mentioned Green-Ellis versatility as both a between the tackles runner and a pass catcher as the main reason for his enthusiasm.
“His versatility. His ability to catch. To protect. … He does it all. He makes people miss. He’s shown the versatility to do all the things you’re looking for in that guy and he can be a three-down player if he needs to be.”
Lewis went on to say that he felt the team was able to recoup the losses of Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene as well as address other areas of need without losing any leverage for any future needs that might arise.
As for the next moves, Lewis mentioned that the team would very much like to re-sign LB Manny Lawson who has drawn interest from other teams in free agency. If that doesn't happen, however, Lewis said he would be more than happy going with either Dan Skuta or last season's third round pick, Dontay Moch.
When Marvin is smiling, that's always a good sign for Bengals' fans. It's safe to say that at this juncture, Marvin Lewis is a very happy head coach.
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