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Mike Preston | December 30, 2010
Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said he won't meet with ownership until after the season to determine his future, but if the Bengals don't re-sign Lewis and he doesn't get another head coaching job, the Ravens should add him to their staff. Lewis is still highly regarded by Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome. He still maintains strong ties to the Baltimore community and visits the city often. But more importantly, Lewis is one of the NFL's best defensive minds even though the Bengals always seemed to struggle defensively during his eight years in Cincinnati.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The Cincinnati Bengals ran into a buzz saw named Tom Brady last Sunday night during an ugly loss to the New England Patriots. The 43-17 blowout raised questions about the Bengals' ability to defend elite offenses without injured Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the lineup. The Patriots piled up 505 yards of total offense against a Cincinnati defense that entered last week having allowed the fewest points in the NFL. In their first loss of the season, the Bengals (3-1) struggled mightily to contain Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright, who had a combined 11 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
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By MIKE PRESTON | July 26, 2002
CARLISLE, Pa. - The old, familiar walk is still there, the one where his head rocks from side to side like a bobblehead doll. He has on a baseball cap and the vintage plastic jacket, even though the on-field temperature is 116 degrees. Right before every snap, he strikes the familiar poses, either watching with his arms folded, or bending over with his hands on his knees. His son, Marcus, is always near. It must be training camp, and this must be Marvin Lewis. Only this year, after six seasons with the Ravens, Lewis is at Dickinson College as the defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
With an expertly timed delayed blitz late in the first quarter Sunday, Ravens rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley shot through a gap in the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line. As quarterback Andrew Luck wound up, Mosley crushed him, popping the football into the air and into the arms of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata for an interception. It wasn't the only impactful play the first-round draft pick and reigning Butkus Award winner delivered during the Ravens' 20-13 road loss Sunday.
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By MIKE PRESTON | January 9, 2008
Only a little more than a week into the search, the Ravens have confirmed what they already knew: Few of the candidates for the team's vacant coaching job have previous head-coaching experience. But what if the Ravens could get an established head coach in exchange for draft picks? Would they be willing to make the swap? "No, we're not at that point, not yet," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said yesterday. But they could be soon, and one name that keeps popping up is Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, the Ravens defensive coordinator from 1996 through 2001.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1997
Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda said that he expects to retain all of his assistant coaches for the 1998 season and that he likes the way the defense has improved under second-year defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis.Ozzie Newsome, the team's vice president of player personnel, said the decision to fire or hire assistants was strictly Marchibroda's.The defense had been under scrutiny for nearly a year and a half in the Ravens' first two seasons in Baltimore. But since the defense was ranked No. 30 earlier in the season, the unit has progressed steadily.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | August 15, 1999
The old photograph of a young Marvin Lewis reveals a hint about a man who could become a head coach in the NFL.In the picture, taken when he was 9 and playing Pop Warner Football in McDonald, Pa., Lewis stands on the sideline, with his helmet off, head up, chin out, hands on hips. Clearly, this kid is not daydreaming. He stares intently at the field, as if anticipating the next play.The confident pose and thoughtful gaze suggest Lewis knows something the other boys don't."A lot of times, Marvin knew what I was going to do before I did. He was a good quarterback.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | October 9, 2009
Seven years into the remaking of the Cincinnati Bengals, Marvin Lewis' defense is finally a keeper. It took three different defensive coordinators, nine different starting middle linebackers and the first back-to-back losing seasons of the Lewis era in Cincinnati. The defense that the Bengals' head coach brings back to M&T Bank Stadium for Sunday's first-place showdown against the Ravens is almost certainly better than any of his Cincinnati predecessors'. Forget the numbers. Here's what you need to know: This Bengals defense can rush the passer; end Antwan Odom already has eight sacks this season.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2002
Mike Nolan, the new caretaker of the Ravens' defense, is not so engrossed in his job that he can't appreciate the humor of his situation. "Right now," said Nolan with a chuckle, "we'd be running a 2-4." As in two defensive lineman and four linebackers, one fewer lineman than in the 3-4 formation Nolan plans to implement this year. The Ravens released three starters for salary cap purposes and lost four others. With only 13 defensive players under contract going into this weekend's NFL draft, Nolan's task of replacing Marvin Lewis has become substantially more difficult.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | September 5, 2002
Two years after Marvin Lewis forged a record-setting defense for the Super Bowl champion Ravens, the NFL's leading defensive mind is following a familiar script with the Washington Redskins. Big-play linebackers, shut-down cornerbacks and zone blitzes are a few of the calling cards. Controlling the line of scrimmage, winning third-down battles and forcing turnovers are the typical results. All eyes will focus on Steve Spurrier's provocative offense this season, but knowing minds will pay attention to Lewis' defense, because that's where the Redskins' best chance for success lies.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he's dealing with Week 1 nerves just like his players are, but if there was ever a team he wouldn't mind breaking in his new offense against, the Cincinnati Bengals might be it. Kubiak was 8-2 in seven seasons as the Houston Texans' head coach against the Ravens' AFC North rivals, including five wins against the Bengals, against whom the Ravens open their season on Sunday. This deserves all the usual qualifiers, including how Kubiak's system stalled out last year in Houston and how much the Bengals defense has improved since he last played them.
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Mike Preston | August 21, 2014
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees was having a conversation with league officials before a recent preseason game when he jokingly said what many defensive backs are thinking these days. His point, though, was valid. "There is more contact now in the NBA than the NFL," Pees said, laughing. "What we are being called for is not a foul in the NBA. If you look in the paint, those guys are pushing, shoving and elbowing each other. "I'm all for safety in the game where they prohibit launching and helmet to helmet, but I don't know where we're headed from here.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
The importance of what only a week ago was regarded as a routine game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings has grown exponentially for the Cincinnati Bengals. After a 30-20 loss Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals (9-5) are clinging to a one-game lead over the Ravens (8-6) in the AFC North. They could lose their grip on the division with a defeat to the Vikings combined with a Ravens win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Bengals could also clinch a playoff berth with a win Sunday combined with a loss or tie by either the Ravens or Miami Dolphins (8-6)
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
Cincinnati Bengals weak-side linebacker Vontaze Burfict flunked the equivalent of a high-profile job interview during a disastrous NFL scouting combine last year. Burfict ran the slowest 40-yard dash (5.09 seconds) of any linebacker prospect. He finished slower than several offensive linemen. He bench-pressed 225 pounds just 16 times, fewer than many defensive backs. In interviews, he showed a lack of accountability for poor self-discipline on the field, after racking up 16 personal fouls in his final 26 games at Arizona State.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2013
Marvin Lewis was the Ravens' defensive coordinator in 1996 when the franchise set its foundation with the drafting of offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and middle linebacker Ray Lewis. Year after year, he watched Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and his staff add to the team's nucleus through the NFL draft, finding impact players early and overlooked talent late, and complimenting the draft class with high upside undrafted free agents. "My experience in Baltimore allowed me to go look at the players and make sure that the guys met the standard I thought was important, which mainly, is to have a high motor and have the ability to bend their knees and make football plays," Lewis said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
After a season in which he was often forced to play out of position because of the Ravens' defensive line woes, Haloti Ngata reported to the team's veteran minicamp in mid-June and sent a not-so subtle message to the coaching staff. "They should leave me in one spot instead of moving me around, basically," Ngata said as playfully as a 6-foot-4, 340-pound man can say anything. "Just leave me in the middle, and I'll be fine. " Over the season's first eight games, the Ravens have primarily done that.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2003
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Here on the jagged edge of parity, Marvin Lewis is changing attitudes and mind-sets, practice routines and airplane seats. Nearly everything at the Cincinnati Bengals' Georgetown College training camp is under revision this summer, including the roster. If Lewis has his way as the team's new head coach, the bumbling Bengals also will obliterate their sorry reputation. The NFL's losingest team in the 1990s is finally serious about changing its dastardly stripes. So serious that Lewis has been ceded more control than any other Bengals coach since founding father Paul Brown stalked the sideline.
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December 26, 2005
Kicking off -- BENGALS -- After giving up 29 or more points in four of his past six games, Marvin Lewis had better find a defense quick.
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Mike Preston | January 21, 2013
The Ravens coaching staff might be a victim of the front office's success and its ability to draft or sign good players. You never hear John Harbaugh mentioned as a possible NFL Coach of the Year. Brian Billick was never a serious candidate either, even though he had a good run in Baltimore from 1999 until 2008. Few of the experts expected the Ravens to win the AFC North, much less play in the Super Bowl in New Orleans. A 9-7 or 8-8 record was a more realistic possibility. Miracles still happen.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Linebacker Ray Lewis will likely play his last game at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday, but it might be the last home game for Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed as well. Lewis said Wednesday he will retire at the end of the season and Reed hasn't commented on future plans. It's possible the Ravens won't re-sign Reed once his contract expires after this season. If re-signing Reed appeared likely, the Ravens would have made that move by now. Lewis' retirement appears to be the start of reshaping this team and bringing in some fresh blood, so to speak.
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