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Bengals Bytes (3/27): RIP

Marvin Lewis's influence has been spread throughout the NFL. Trent Richardson opens up about his NFL experience, and the Ravens lay a former player to rest.

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Influence and ideas
A few leftovers from the NFL owners’ annual meeting earlier this week in Boca Raton, Fla., a veritable stew of owners, coaches, and general managers.  _The coaches’ annual media breakfasts turned out to be a look at just how much influence Marvin Lewis exerts in coaching circles as he heads into his 14th season as Bengals head coach.  Just look at two of the rookie head coaches. The Browns’ Hue Jackson, who worked with Lewis in Cincinnati for seven seasons and four jobs, had the table next to the Bengals and when the last question had been asked he approached Lewis with a fake microphone in his hand and said, "Taught me everything I know.’"

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