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Cincinnati Bengals Notes, Quotes 2009-02-11

Cincinnati Bengals Notes, Quotes 2009-02-11
--Coach Marvin Lewis said the team will be proactive in free agency, which begins on Feb. 27, and that some of what the team does during that period may not impact what they do in the draft because of multiple needs at the same position.

The Bengals have 10 unrestricted free agents, including wide receiver T.H. Houshmandzadeh, offensive tackle Stacy Andrews, running back Cedric Benson and kicker Shayne Graham.

"We're going to have to be active because we have some guys who are currently free agents and we don't know that we can sign those guys back, so we're going to try to be as much as we can proactive and fill some of the holes we need to fill in our football team," Lewis said.

The team has not made a determination on if it will use the franchise tag. With Andrews recovering from knee surgery, the two most likely to be tagged would be either Houshmandzadeh or Graham. The deadline for teams to tag players is Feb. 19.

"You don't have to tag anybody, we'd prefer not to tag anybody, that'd be the preferable way - to get both guys signed and not tag either one. Or anybody, I don't know why it just comes down to those two," Lewis said.

--The Bengals were 4-3-1 in games in which they scored first and 0-8 in games in which the opponent did.

--The Bengals are 22-1 in their last 23 games when a rusher carries 25 or more times. TB Cedric Benson added to the list the last two weeks of the season, rushing 38 times for 171 yards in a 14-0 victory at Cleveland and 25 for 111 in a 16-6 victory over Kansas City.

The Bengals, however, have had only four games in the last two seasons with a 25-carry rusher. Cincinnati's only loss in the last 23 with a 25-carry rusher was Dec. 24, 2006, at Denver, when the Broncos overcame a 30-for-129 day by Rudi Johnson in a 24-23 win.

--With his three 100-yard rushing games this season, Benson became the 20th Bengal to hit the 100 mark in a game.

--The Bengals' secondary looks well-stocked for 2009, led by CB Leon Hall, who continued a strong 2008 finish by posting a team-leading nine solo tackles with two passes defensed in the Kansas City game. Hall closed the season with a team-leading 26 passes defensed. He also led the team in interceptions, getting each of his three at Cleveland on Dec. 21, tying a team record. His 50-yard interception return for a touchdown was one of the season's most dramatic plays, giving the Bengals an early 7-0 lead in a game they would win 14-0.

Hall led the secondary in tackles (84) for the year and also had a fumble recovery.

--The finale against Kansas City officially brought the club's sellout streak to 44 (regular-season and postseason games). That's a club record, surpassing a 43-game streak set at Riverfront Stadium from the 1988 opener through the 1992 finale. The current streak began against Kansas City on Nov. 16, 2003.

Total home attendance for the 2008 regular season was 516,663, fifth in club history. The top five seasons have been recorded in the last five years. The club record, from 2006, is 527,870.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Some of our better players have not played up to the standard they need to play to. When you have injuries and other stuff guys have to rise up and play better. You can't play the same. You have to go out and play better and that's what good teams do. I think we have fought through mediocrity. When mediocre players have mediocre success then they feel like they have done more than they have really done." -- Coach Marvin Lewis on if his good players have played up to expectations the past couple of seasons.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: February 11, 2009

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