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Marvin Lewis Post-Game Press Conference

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals claps after a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals claps after a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Opening Remarks:
“Well, that was a good start for us and I think we got off to a pretty efficient start. Offense should have possibly had some more points in the first half and the first quarter. In the second quarter we didn’t play as well. I thought in the third quarter we kind of just hung around a bit, but in the fourth quarter I thought we made some plays in special teams, offense, and defense that ended up being critical plays in the game. It was a nice job of just keep playing and good things will happen. We had to come out and play our first game to see where we are as kind of a barometer of things and have an opportunity to get better as we move forward. I think the guys that we knew would handle things actually did handle things how we expected. We have a lot of work to do, but it was a good start and a good victory to get up here on the road. It was one where we had some chances to not make plays, but we found some way to make some and get off the field, get the ball to the offense and win the game.”

On how the game ranks on his personal satisfaction:
“Number one in 2011 and that is it. I have been very comfortable with what I had coming into this season. I am excited about our football team and I wanted to get out here and start playing so that they (the players) could understand how I felt about things. So we could come out and put a direction on some things and keep tweaking things and keep getting better. I think we know have an opportunity to do that. It was a long time coming to get to today so it has been an interesting process, but I think our guys have done a nice job of hanging in there and getting through it and now moving forward from it. Now we have something to keep building at. We have a starting point; it is not an ending point or close to where it needs to be, but at least we do have a starting point.”

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