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    Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Feb. 25, 2006, 10:44 AM ET
    Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst
    By Len Pasquarelli / ESPN.com

    Although he is not one of the NFL head coaches who have embraced the "one voice" stance, and precluded his assistants from speaking to the media during the season, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis apparently feels his team had once voice too many in its season-ending playoff loss.

    Appearing at the NFL scouting combine, Lewis stressed that the upstart Bengals must demonstrate improved maturity in 2006 to continue their progress, and also vowed to release the player who leaked to the media reports of an explosion by star wide receiver Chad Johnson at halftime of a Jan. 8 wild-card playoff game.

    "Unfortunately, we had somebody else who was more selfish than Chad," Lewis said in discussing the incident. That person won't be with us next year, I'll tell you that. Those people aren't good for you."

    According to reports, Johnson, angry at not getting the ball enough, voiced his complaint at halftime of the wild-card game, a contest the Bengals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-17. The reports suggested that, after a heated exchange with an assistant coach, during which he had to be restrained, Johnson swung at Lewis.

    The Bengals coach, who in 2005 led the franchise to its first division title since 1990, earlier in the offseason acknowledged there was a halftime incident involving Johnson, but denied the wide receiver threw a punch at anyone.

    Lewis said that the team's Pro Bowl wide receiver, who had two receptions in the first half and finished the game with just four catches for 59 yards, "raised his voice," but said that was the extent of the incident.

    During his combine appearance Friday, however, Lewis vowed to rid his team of the player who leaked the report of the Johnson incident. It was a vow that, while keeping with Lewis' theme of accountability, could be difficult to keep. So far, no one has identified the source of the story, and Lewis could have trouble doing so, particularly after his promise to release the player. It could be a difficult move, too, if the player is a starter, as some Cincinnati veterans have hinted.

    There could be repercussions from the NFL Players Association, as well, if Lewis tries to release any player he feels was the source for the leak. But in maintaining that his young team needs to come together as a unit, and subjugate the goals of individuals, Lewis said he will continue to investigate where the Johnson story originated.

    "In the big scheme of things, that person needs to look at themselves," Lewis said. "Number one, for even speaking about [the incident], and number two, for embellishing on it. For not really telling the truth. That's even worse."

    Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com

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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    What if it was Carson Palmer? Think he'd still do it?
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62
    What if it was Carson Palmer? Think he'd still do it?
    Heh..just what I was thinking
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Right...It was probably someone he was going to cut anyway. So he uses this opportunity to teach a lesson.
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Quote Originally Posted by max venable
    Right...It was probably someone he was going to cut anyway. So he uses this opportunity to teach a lesson.
    The article said it may be a starter. I think questioning Marvin's integrity ought to begin and end with letting Takeo Spikes and Corey Dillon take their sorry prima donna acts elsewhere.
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Quote Originally Posted by traderumor
    The article said it may be a starter. I think questioning Marvin's integrity ought to begin and end with letting Takeo Spikes and Corey Dillon take their sorry prima donna acts elsewhere.
    So why didn't he just cut him right away? What, you wait 6 weeks and THEN send your message? I don't get it.
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    well it certainely is a way to send a message
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Which player(s) has an ax to grind with Chad?
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamBoone
    Which player(s) has an ax to grind with Chad?
    Chris Henry? Tab Perry?
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Maybe it's Henry... he's already in hot water as it is.
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    "Unfortunately, we had somebody else who was more selfish than Chad," Lewis said in discussing the incident.
    I didn't think that was possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by max venable
    So why didn't he just cut him right away? What, you wait 6 weeks and THEN send your message? I don't get it.
    Salary cap reasons, more than likely. I believe the 1st few days of March is a time when NFL teams can get rid of players without having it adversly affect the salary cap. And it could be for PR reasons too. You release the guy right away and it's a story that festers the whole winter. Release him in March while March Madness and Spring Training is going on and it's not that big of a story. Of course coming out and saying you are going to release the guy for spilling the beans makes it a bigger story when and if you release him. It also opens up the can of worms about this again. At the time everybody tried to say it was being blown out of proportion and there wasn't much to it. Releasing a guy for telling the press about it sends the message that there was more to that than the Bengals let on. Was there a fist fight as was rumored? Was it just Chad offering advice on how to open up the offense or was he throwing a nutty because he wasn't getting his touches? Marvin has done a good job PR wise since he's been here. This isn't a good PR job.
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R
    I didn't think that was possible.



    Salary cap reasons, more than likely. I believe the 1st few days of March is a time when NFL teams can get rid of players without having it adversly affect the salary cap. And it could be for PR reasons too. You release the guy right away and it's a story that festers the whole winter. Release him in March while March Madness and Spring Training is going on and it's not that big of a story. Of course coming out and saying you are going to release the guy for spilling the beans makes it a bigger story when and if you release him. It also opens up the can of worms about this again. At the time everybody tried to say it was being blown out of proportion and there wasn't much to it. Releasing a guy for telling the press about it sends the message that there was more to that than the Bengals let on. Was there a fist fight as was rumored? Was it just Chad offering advice on how to open up the offense or was he throwing a nutty because he wasn't getting his touches? Marvin has done a good job PR wise since he's been here. This isn't a good PR job.
    It has nothing to do with the salary cap or any other conjecture. They simply don't know who it is yet.
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Quote Originally Posted by traderumor
    It has nothing to do with the salary cap or any other conjecture. They simply don't know who it is yet.
    So how does he know if he's releasing the right guy? What if he releases, for example, Chris Perry and it was really T.J. who was the leak? Marvin may be a good coach but he's stupid bringing this up again. If he's true to his word and releases the player who leaked this, what's Bengal Fan going to say if it was Rudi or T.J.? What if it was Carson - which is highly doubtful since he had problems of his own? More to the point, what is Mike Brown going to say if Marvin tells him to cut someone he owes a vault full of money to? What if he doesn't follow through with his threat/promise? Then it loks like he's either got a double standard or he's a liar or he's weak. They need to let sleeping dogs lie here. Nothing good is going to come from bringing all this back up. Marvin needs to plug leaks on his defense and not worry about leaks to the media.
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R
    So how does he know if he's releasing the right guy? What if he releases, for example, Chris Perry and it was really T.J. who was the leak? Marvin may be a good coach but he's stupid bringing this up again. If he's true to his word and releases the player who leaked this, what's Bengal Fan going to say if it was Rudi or T.J.? What if it was Carson - which is highly doubtful since he had problems of his own? More to the point, what is Mike Brown going to say if Marvin tells him to cut someone he owes a vault full of money to? What if he doesn't follow through with his threat/promise? Then it loks like he's either got a double standard or he's a liar or he's weak. They need to let sleeping dogs lie here. Nothing good is going to come from bringing all this back up. Marvin needs to plug leaks on his defense and not worry about leaks to the media.
    My sentiments exactly buddy. And he certainly doesn't need to be "advertising" or talking to the media about what actions he is gonna take. I understand that his intent is to get a message of unity across to the team, while also dealing with the "perpetrator(s)"; but he could have accomplished both of those objectives within the clubhouse, and not by speaking to the media over it. I think that, in and of itself, doesn't help that unity.
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    Re: Lewis wants to cut Bengal who leaked outburst (2/25)

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC
    My sentiments exactly buddy. And he certainly doesn't need to be "advertising" or talking to the media about what actions he is gonna take. I understand that his intent is to get a message of unity across to the team, while also dealing with the "perpetrator(s)"; but he could have accomplished both of those objectives within the clubhouse, and not by speaking to the media over it. I think that, in and of itself, doesn't help that unity.
    That would be great if it was your locker room, but its not. Sounds to me like Marvin is trying to smoke the varmint out using the press. Since there are many management styles that accomplish the same goal, I'll defer to the one in charge here and say that his track record with personnel issues has been successful.

    As for Chip's concerns with Brown footing the bill for such a move if it was someone due a lot of money, he has let Marvin and Katie run the show since he hired him. I think he would be smart enough to trust his manager here too. That trust got him his first playoff appearance as owner, after all.
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