Bengals’ Lewis not worried ‘Hard Knocks’ will give Bears edge

Week 1 of the NFL season always presents peculiarities in scouting an opponent. But for the Bears and Bengals, the lead up to this week’s opener at Soldier Field has its own unique twists.

For Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis, it’s meant brushing up on old CFL tape. For Bears coach Marc Trestman, there’s been a spike in HBO viewing.

The Bengals have been the subject of HBO’s popular “Hard Knocks” series throughout this preseason, with a flood of behind-the-scenes developments for the Bears to keep track of if they so desire.

And it’s also been well documented that Trestman will make his NFL head coaching debut Sunday after spending the past five seasons with the Montreal Alouettes.

On a conference call with Chicago reporters Wednesday, Lewis admitted he had been studying Trestman’s past teams since the NFL schedule was revealed in April.

“We’ve watched everything,” Lewis said.

The Bengals coach also shrugged off the possibility that his team’s happenings on “Hard Knocks” were giving the Bears any slight advantage heading toward Sunday. In 2012, Lewis noted, the Miami Dolphins lived under the “Hard Knocks” magnifying glass and still managed to beat Cincinnati 17-13 in early October – even after Lewis had taken the occasional glimpse into HBO’s full access.

Lewis’ message to the Bears regarding any kind of additional scouting via “Hard Knocks”? Have at it.

“It didn’t help me last year with the Dolphins,” Lewis said. “So I hope they have better luck than I did. Yeah, there’s not much that comes out in the show that’s not pretty common to all 32 of us.”

The last time Trestman coached an NFL regular season game was in 2004 as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach in Miami. By now though, Lewis said he has a firm grasp on how the Bears new boss likes his offenses to run.

“He’s been very successful at every stop that he’s been,” Lewis said.” Marc’s done a great job and he’s a really good teacher and a good motivator of people. An organizer. … The opening game comes with everybody on his squad just trying to do their very, very best for him. So that’s one of the challenges.”

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