All of this is to say that the man who will replace Aaron Rodgers, out indefinitely with a broken right collarbone, does have some potential. Beyond that, we just don’t have a ton of answers yet on where he is as a player after spending two-plus seasons developing behind Rodgers and under Mike McCarthy and Co. What we do know is that Hundley seized the No. 2 job last year, and was good enough this year to where the Packers felt comfortable going into the year with just two quarterbacks on the active roster.
Lewis has been a stabilizing presence since being hired in 2003, giving the organization some much-needed respect and dignity after an embarrassing run of ineptitude in the 90s. While he’s most known for never winning a playoff game, Lewis owns a 125-112-3 record in Cincy, reaching the postseason seven times with four division titles.
Since signing with the Bengals, Lewis has worked with a number of assistants and coordinators in Cincinnati who have gone on to have success elsewhere. There are a number of former Lewis proteges who are current NFL head coaches, including Mike Zimmer, Hue Jackson, Jay Gruden, and Vance Joseph.
Last season, the Bengals finished 6-9-1 and missed the postseason. The Bengals opted to not extend Lewis’ contract after his first sub-.500 season since 2010, so it was set to expire after the 2017 season. This became a prove-it year. The Bengals finished 7-9 — their second straight losing year. Despite the Bengals underachieving again, they’ll be giving Lewis another shot to turn things around and get back in playoff contention.
It wasn’t as valuable as the experience that Schweitzer’s draft classmates Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, De’Vondre Cambell and Austin Hooper were getting. But it was the next best thing. Most importantly, because he committed to it, it worked.
Andy Reid was asked after Ware’s injury if it made it more likely that Spiller would lock up a roster spot. “Right now, yeah, I would tell you today,” he said, via Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride.
He had been released hours before the Patriots’ game, and according to Arrowhead Pride, he was in the locker room after the game. So he and everyone else involved knew that it wasn’t anything long-term.