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Marvin Lewis directed players not to answer questions about previous playoff losses

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis doesn't like his players answering questions about previous playoff losses and gets irritated at the media for asking about it.

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It's a distraction, that much is true.

The Cincinnati Bengals haven't won a playoff game since Jan. 6, 1991 and everyone is tired of hearing about that. Fans hate it because it's a reminder of futility. Coaches hate it because, well, for the same reason -- though they shoulder most of that responsibility.

Players should feel the responsibility but head coach Marvin Lewis doesn't like for them to answer those kind of questions. Therefore Lewis directed his players not to answer any questions about previous losses.

Naturally Lewis would feel defensive about the whole "can't-win-in-the-playoffs" thing. It's his administration that's felt the weight of five-straight postseason losses, starting in '05, in '09 and between '11-'13. In truth, dating back to Jan. 13, 1991, the Bengals are actually hoping to avoid a seven-game postseason losing streak.

We'll take Lewis' advice and ignore "the noise" like it's never happened -- kind of like every life and death consequence from a Disney movie. After all, it's his ass that should be on the line... but we know it won't be.