Marvin Lewis: "This is My Job. That's It."

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Head Coach Marvin Lewis addresses the media following Week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Opening statement:

I think the disappointing thing for us today is the fact that we hurt ourselves today with some penalties that set us back on both offense and the kicking game. It's hard to overcome those things on the road and we're unable to overcome them very often today. We really hurt our field position we stifled us on offense. That's hard to overcome. We got a little depleted with injuries as the game went on. But the guys stepped up and played. We just didn't get enough to get the ball back in field position to win the football game in the end. 

Re: Defense

I thought the guys did a nice job. I understand the plan; we talked about it all week. We weren't sure what personnel [groups] we would get, they have been doing different things, but whatever personnel was in there, we had to react to it, we had a couple runs we misfit. We were able to settle down. In the third quarter, when the ball got out a couple of times, and they got us offsides once. 

Are you disappointed that some of the missed tackles throughout the second half allowed them to get first downs? It seems like it is kind of the story for some of these losses. 

I can't point to a missed tackle. They're chasing guys across the field in coverage, that's tough. So, I don't know if that’s what you're referring too. I don't think we had a missed tackle at a point of attack. We had the quarterback in grasp, he pulled out of the grasp a couple of times, but I don't know. I can't recall a missed tackle that didn't, chasing guys across the field, man to man, is a difficult task. There is a lot of field in front of you. 

Marvin, you have talked a lot about your future...

I have not talked anything about my future. 

Do you find it odd, I know you see cameras kind of in your face walking off the field, do you find that whole...

It's ridiculous, I do. I think it's ridiculous. I think it's sad that’s the only thing they can point to. This isn't about me; this is about this football team and what they do. To make this about one person, it's not about one person. This is my job. That's it. 

With that being said, it's going to be a topic tomorrow.

So, go handle it tomorrow. 

So, I guess what happens next, now? 

We'll handle it tomorrow. 

Do you expect a decision one way or another tomorrow? 

I'm not talking anything else about it. 

Re: Joe Mixon

It’s hard to loosen things up if we don't complete some balls down the field. No question about it. John Ross went up and had a good effort at the one and didn't come down with it. We just were unable to loosen things up with Jeff Driskel down the field and get the ball down the field enough. 

What made you guys to pull Alex Redmond?

He had two penalties. 

It seems like he had those before.

He had two personal foul penalties. Frank Pollack has been making a point of it in practice and so forth. They have to grow through that. They are young guys, but they have to grow through that. We had a lot of young guys with penalties today. Which hurt us. You look at who committed the penalties, and there are guys that were playing for the first time.


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