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October 05, 2008

Postgame quotables, losing coach version

Here's a snippet of what Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had to say after Sunday's 31-22 loss to the Dallas Cowboys:

... I just finished telling those guys in that room that there is no consolation prize for losing. We did some things we have to offensively, get off to a better start. We kind of dug ourselves in a hole and put the defense in a bad situation at the end of the football game. Some of the explosive plays today we ahve to get those things to rest and shut down.

... Special teams, again, we are pretty consistent. But there are some things that we need to continue to work harder at. We make kind of not-smart play when we go out-of-bounds first touching the ball, so we lose field position there.

... The guys worked their tail off and we didn't get a win here today, so we have to go back to work. It wasn't good enough. We have to find a way to make it better. We have to find a way to finish it out and make the plays at the end of the football game that win the game. And they will keep at it.

On playing top competition in the league: I think it's a little bit closer across the board. We have to play better each and every week because we haven't won a football game and that's the key thing. We have to keep working and get in football shape.

Is there a loss of confidence at this point or with Chris Perry? No! Not at all. It is everyone's job to take care of the football, whether it be the quarterback, running back, returners, etc. It doesn't matter. It's everyone's responsibility.

-- Keeli Garza

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