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Marvin Lewis Press Conference Transcript

Opening comments:"After going through the tape, (it reinforced) a lot of the things I said last night. The biggest thing was how productive we were running the football. Offensively, other than third downs in the red zone, we did a good job with the keys in the game. Defensively, we did a good job on third down for most of the game. (We) just need to understand the situation in the game at some points a little better with some of the players and play to that. With special teams, our specialists weren't particularly sharp. I think we can do better. I think Clint (Stitser) needs to get the ball kicked off better and more consistently. We had just the one punt, and I think Kevin (Huber) can do a better job there. It ended up coming out with a good outcome, but we need to do a better job with that. But on the flipside of that, I think the kick coverage team got off of blocks and did a good job of getting Josh Cribbs on the ground. And we got Quan (Cosby) and Bernard (Scott) started in the kicking game with good starts and returns. Those things were all positives."

On the running game being a collective effort:"Yeah, I think they weren't going to let us throw it too much, so we were able to run the ball productively. When we needed to throw it, we got the ball up and down, and other than the one snap; we protected the quarterback very well. Obviously, there is going to be error, but we have to tighten that up, and it will be important again coming up this week."

On if Terrell Owens is out for the season:"He should be, yes."

On if he envisions making a roster move:"We'll see."

On the report, citing an anonymous source that the team was considering deactivating Terrell Owens for the final three games of the year:"I don't need to address it. Have I ever addressed anything in here from ProFootballTalk? I don't even know where it is."

On Owens' injury creating more playing time for Jerome Simpson:"Well, he (Simpson) got a lot of action yesterday. The plan was to get him in the game despite anything that happened before Terrell or Chad (Ochocinco) were lame, even before Wednesday rolled around last week. So he'll keep getting opportunity and he's got to do the best with it, and be where he needs to be and be blocking all the right people, and all the things that come out of that."

On Simpson's and Andre Caldwell's blocking:"They have to do better, be more consistent."

On FB Chris Pressley:"He's played the last two weeks and he's done a good job. I think he'll keep getting better. We've changed a lot of things we're doing now. I think he's become more and more comfortable. He's been here with us four or five weeks now, and we're trying to get him back acquainted and then kind of evolve a little bit. I think Chris has worked really, really hard, and he hustles on special teams. He did a good job in his roles on (special) teams. If he didn't quite get it done, he hustled to get back and get it finished."

More on the play yesterday of WR Andre Caldwell:"He did a really good job. If I were getting the chance, I'd want to be perfect, and I don't think he's quite there yet. And that's the thing that I keep pointing out to these guys, he and Bernard (Scott). I still see better than I hear, so let's make sure we're where we're supposed to be on things that are pretty elementary, and they're not quite 100 percent on it. Then you earn opportunity, and we're not going to talk about opportunity. You earn it."

On the Bengals 2010 draft class:"Guys are getting real productive playing time and opportunity, and they continue to make good use of it. You've got to feel good about it all the way through. It's been a good thing. Jermaine (Gresham), obviously all season has played well. Carlos (Dunlap) has earned opportunity and keeps getting better and better with it. Geno (Atkins) and (Jordan) Shipley, and (Roddrick) Muckelroy makes a nice play yesterday. I think all these guys are getting opportunity and making the best of it."

More on LB Roddrick Muckelroy:
"He's done a good job all season for us on special teams. He got slowed a little earlier on with ankle injuries and so forth. Every chance he gets, he practices hard every week and shows me he has the traits to be a good linebacker in the NFL."

On if he was extra conscious of where his coaches are allowed to be on the sidelines, in light of the recent tripping incident with the Jets:"No, our people do a good job, always have. Generally, when I meet with the officials before the game, they are very complimentary of (strength and conditioning coach Chip Morton). They recognize him as soon as he steps in there and they come into the meeting. They already know he is going to do a good job. It's important to remind the inactive players and the injured players of that. That's what you have to keep reminding him, guys are anxious to when you are substituting on offense and defense.

"You just have to do a good job, particularly when the ball is away from you. I usually stand back, so I think that helps too. I stand back down the line of scrimmage some so I can get a better view, from behind the offense or defense generally. That helps people get back too, because I am back there and so they can't get in front of me, which is helpful."

On if he ever finds himself wandering too far out:

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