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Decision to Kick Still the Hot Topic in Cincy

To kick or not to kick, that remains the question.

For Marvin Lewis, the decision to kick on 4th-and-1 from the Steelers two-yard line in the first half Sunday has been the on-going drama with the Bengals and why they lost the ball game for the last 24 hours.  After the game, Lewis said they probably should have gone for it.  Now, he says it was the right move.  Which one Marvin?

“It’s easy to look back on it now, particularly after they scored a touchdown, and think that makes a difference,” the coach said. “But at that point, getting the points was important.

“Obviously, the players always want to go. The fans always want to go, because the next day they really don’t care (if they’re wrong). If we don’t make it, if we run it, (they say) we should have thrown it. If we throw it, we should have run it.”

The Bengals did neither, and took the easy three points to pull within 14-6.  Then their defense did what it has done all season, and that is allow a team to move down the field and score.  By the time the half was over – Steelers 21 Bengals 6. Game over.

“I wrestled with it when they went down and scored a touchdown,” Lewis said. “I wrestled with it from that point on. That’s part of this (job).”  What also is part of the job is putting your players in the best position to win, and with the three instead of the six, it totally changed the mindset of the game.  Two days later, it was still a bad move, and one that may haunt Lewis for the rest of 2007.      

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