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Cincinnati Bengals Notes, Quotes 2009-02-13

Cincinnati Bengals Notes, Quotes 2009-02-13
--Since a 3-0 start in 2006, the Bengals have gone 16-28-1. According to coach Marvin Lewis, that's when players started looking more at individual goals than teams ones.

"That's when everything got big and everyone thought they were the reason for our success," Lewis said.

--With a franchise record 23 players ending the season on injured reserve, Lewis and team president Mike Brown are looking at options to prevent some injuries from happening in the future. One area that Lewis looked at last season was changing practice times, but he went back to the original afternoon sessions toward the end of the season.

"I wasn't comfortable with it. We changed up some things which still was able to maximize their learning time," Lewis said.

--First it was Bill Cowher, now John Thornton says the Bengals can be a playoff team next season. The free agent defensive tackle, who doesn't think he will return to the Bengals, thinks that there are a lot of players who have plenty to prove.

"There are enough good players coming back that they are going to have a good season. That's my perspective as a guy looking in from the outside. I know a lot of people aren't going to see it that way, but I still think they have the potential for a good team," Thornton said.

--One player who is under pressure right away is wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who was a surprise second-round pick in last year's draft. Simpson saw limited action after being injured most of the season.

With Houshmandzadeh's future up in the air, a lot of people are looking at Simpson to prove his potential and that he was worth the gamble the Bengals made by picking him so high.

"We knew he was raw. But obviously we have to do double time now to reap the rewards of him. His athleticism, his speed, his ability to catch," coach Marvin Lewis said. "That's coaching. That's my responsibility and my job is to get more out of Jerome Simpson."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "People have seen me as a question mark, but I feel like I have answered those questions and now I am more of an exclamation point." - OT Stacy Andrews on people still doubting his ability as a starting NFL lineman.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: February 13, 2009

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