Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is defending second-year wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Paul Daugherty with the Cincinnati Enquirer, asking why the Bengals aren't more active in free agency, wrote:
The Bengals need a wide receiver, they look to Mohamed Sanu.
The 49ers finished second in the Big Bowl Derby, they acquired Anquan Boldin, Baltimore’s best postseason receiver. The Broncos had the look of a Super Bowl finalist, until the Ravens derailed them with a miracle play. They signed Welker. The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in a generation. They like Sanu.
Maybe they’re right. This isn’t a shot at Sanu. When he played, he was effective. His career is eight games. The Broncos and 49ers, known postseason quantities, added known quantities to their roster. The Bengals like Sanu.
Though Daugherty's point didn't appear to underscore Sanu significantly (at least we didn't view it as bashing either), Lewis didn't like it, writes Joe Reedy from the same newspaper.
Lewis did try and offer his rebuttal about Doc’s claim that the team needs a complementary wide receiver by saying that "Mo Sanu (is) way ahead of where one certain receiver (Chad Johnson) was in his second year playing in the National Football League. I’ll go on record saying that."
Added Lewis: "That’s the uneducated putting dumb thoughts in people’s minds. It’s why you have an opportunity to go after these guys and go get these guys. So you continue to make your team better. You are not a positive in making your team better when you keep adding old guys . What did Randy Moss do for those guys last year? He did nothing. He got in the way of a younger player performing."
This is apparently a lesson that Lewis finally learned because five years ago, he did the exact same thing. While Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson sat on the bench and waiting for their opportunities for more playing time -- more Simpson than Caldwell -- the Bengals continued signing veteran receivers like Laveranues Coles, Antonio Bryant and Terrell Owens.
At least the lesson was learned.
This should put to rest what Cincinnati plans for a No. 2 wide receiver. Mohamed Sanu, and we'll include Marvin Jones for completeness, will be the team's solution to a No. 2 wide receiver this year. At least as of this posting.