Bengals and Ravens have several former connections

Andy Lyons

In looking towards the game this Sunday it is interesting some of the connections the Ravens and Bengals have.

Players and coaches travel from team to team in the NFL. Here is a look at the current connections the Bengals and Ravens share.

Marvin Lewis

We all know Marvin Lewis was the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 when they won the Super Bowl. The Ravens hired Marvin in 1996 and he was the defensive coordinator until 2001. He was heaped with praise for the 2000 season as his defense dominated the NFL and really shined in the Super Bowl. Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated had the following to say after the game:

"If ever a man proved his worth as a future head coach, Marvin Lewis did it with this complete domination of the Giants in their 16 possessions: Punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, interception, punt, interception, interception, punt, interception, punt, punt, punt, end of game"

Bernard scott

In November 2009, Bernard Scott returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He gained a lot of respect from Bengals fans and also earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. In week 11 of that season, Scott started and broke a 61 yd run against the Raiders. Many thought Scott could be a big talent for the Bengals. Durability issues and roster depth allowed the Bengals to part ways with Scott.

The Ravens recently signed Scott to their active roster to backfill for injuries at their running back position. Scott was on the roster last week but was not active. He probably won't be active against the Bengals on Sunday.

James Harrison

Harrison was an undrafted free agent who was signed and released by the Steelers several times before he finally stuck on their roster. In between one of these cycles, Harrison was picked up by the Ravens. He was then sent to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, but eventually was cut.

Jeromy Miles

After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Miles signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent. He was cut and re-signed to the practice squad. The Bengals finally released him in September of 2013. Where he was shortly claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Ravens. He had 1 tackle last week against Cleveland.

I kind of want to see Miles and Scott on the sidelines this week for the Ravens. I want to see the former players see the team the Bengals have become first hand when they hand out the butt kicking to the Ravens.

I want Harrison to still harbor some resentment for being sent overseas and then ultimately cut. I want to see him punish Joe Flacco and Ray Rice for it.

I really want Marvin to engineer a defensive performance like the Super Bowl game against the Giants.

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