Cincinnati Bengals: Takeaways from Marvin Lewis at AFC Coaches' Media Breakfast

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 19, 2013

Marvin Lewis touched upon a number of issues on Tuesday at the AFC coaches' media breakfast.
Marvin Lewis touched upon a number of issues on Tuesday at the AFC coaches' media breakfast.Jeff Gross/Getty Images

On Tuesday, Marvin Lewis sat down at the annual AFC coaches' media breakfast as the second longest-tenured head coach in the NFL (10 years)—behind only Bill Belichick (13 years).

Each offseason, the Cincinnati Bengals have experienced changes since Lewis has taken the helm. Most of these changes have been for good purposes—Lewis has taken this club from a doormat to a contender.

Geoff Hobson, editor of, was on scene to relay hot topics from Lewis via Twitter.

Let's take a look at some of the issues that Lewis touched on and analyze his comments and what they may mean for the Bengals this offseason and for 2013.

This is the first time that Lewis has come right out and said that they will be taking a running back in the 2013 draft.

Cincinnati has been looking for a complement to BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the backfield since his arrival in 2012. Bernard Scott was supposed to be that player but could not stay healthy enough to fit the role.

There still is no telling when the Bengals will take a running back in the draft, but if one were to speculate, it seems like it will be sooner rather than later.

It seems to be the same story with right tackle Andre Smith at the moment. There is no news from the Bengals, which means Smith is most likely waiting for a team to bite despite his high price tag.

This does not look to be the case, and Lewis seems prepared to move on if Smith and the Bengals cannot agree to terms.

Moving on could certainly mean taking a tackle high in the draft. One player who has been linked to the Bengals for the 21st overall selection is D.J. Fluker, the right tackle from Alabama.

Lewis seems comfortable in Cincinnati—he should be as he enters his 11th season. But it is a good sign that he does not seem content with just competing and winning football games.

Lewis' mantra has been about winning a championship for the last several years. With such a young team, Lewis has faith that his own drafted players can get the job done.

One such example is Mohamed Sanu. Here is what Lewis had to say about him:

It sounds like Sanu may be Lewis' guy at the second receiver position heading into 2013. At the very least, Sanu should see plenty of time on the field at multiple positions on offense.

Lewis also seems content with the safety position at its current state. This could possibly be a smokescreen for the draft or could mean that he is not prepared to spend a high pick on a safety.

Speaking of younger players, there has been speculation about Vontaze Burfict moving to the middle linebacker position. Lewis may have put that theory to rest on Tuesday.

This may come as a shock to Bengals fans. Rey Maualuga struggled in the middle and seemed to lack the confidence to be a leader on the field. Lewis has a different take on Maualuga's 2012 season:

It is still very early in the offseason, and before free agency ends and the draft begins, Lewis may feel that is the best move for the Bengals right now. However, with so much happening between now and the start of the regular season, it is difficult to tell how it may turn out.

If anything, Lewis has certainly given Bengals fans plenty to talk about for the remainder of the offseason.