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On the Phone with Clements and Lewis

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 21, 2011 – 11:03 AM

Whether by choice or by trade, three ex-49ers have found new a home with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. Manny Lawson and Nate Clements each signed free-agent deals with the Bengals this offseason, while Taylor Mays was traded to Cincinnati after starting training camp with the 49ers.

Clements had nothing but good things to say about his four seasons with the 49ers on Wednesday during his conference call with the Bay Area media.

“I had great teammates,” Clements said. “The fans are still good to me, they show me a lot of love out there. I feel blessed for the opportunity and fortunate enough to play for an organization with that much tradition.”

When looking at his former team on film, Clements said he notices some big philosophical changes on the offensive side of the ball. Above all, Clements said the 49ers have shown a more diverse use of personnel in their two games under new coach Jim Harbaugh. Clements was also complimentary of San Francisco’s young and talented receiving corps while giving Harbaugh credit for molding the offense to help quarterback Alex Smith.

“I think Jim Harbaugh is doing an excellent job of playing to Alex’s strengths,” Clements said. “You can look at it – he has a higher completion percentage, which is huge for a quarterback. That’s a great thing for them.”

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis also had some complimentary things to say about Harbaugh’s offensive scheme, while mentioning Frank Gore, Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker as players to watch.

“Jim has been very innovative,” Lewis said. “I think he was trying to maximize the abilities of his players. They’re doing a lot schematically in the running game. They’re giving you different looks, they’re setting and building formations in different ways and making you as a defense adjust and be able to see the forest through the trees.”

Lewis said he is very familiar with the principles of 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, as both coaches have extensive backgrounds working with defensive guru Dom Capers. Lewis also revealed the Bengals attempted to trade for the 49ers’ second-round draft pick (No. 49 overall) in 2010 with the intention of picking Mays.

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23 Responses to “On the Phone with Clements and Lewis”

  1. By pekelo44 on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    good luck to the Bengals they will need it later this season when our niners take the field against them. Manny, Nate and Taylor really good players and I am happy to see them still together, I can’t wait till we play later this season so I can root for them three guys again.

  2. By SFN9ner on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Manny and Nate were pretty good players wished we still had them that would’ve been awesome but changes happen.cant wait to see our former players play against us..hope we win big time 30-13 Go N9NERS!!!!

  3. By Crabtree#1 on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Go 49ers!!! Huge game this week against an opponent we should beat… unfortunately, I think we lose 25-13.

  4. By Chad on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    A Dalton is laying better then alex shoot me smith how sad when you have a rookie playing better then a 7 year vet and I shouldnt even say hes a vet because he still plays worst then rookies

  5. By montysummit on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Has Mays played in any games for the Bengals this year? If so, how has he looked? Questions obviously for those who have watched Bengals games. The Niners gave up on him so quickly and adamantly that I really wonder…

  6. By Ojay on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, I do miss Manny and Nate right now, but we will be alright. Thanks Nate for giving Alex his props, cause he is playing well for the fake fans out there. GO NINERS!

  7. By 49eray on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Niners need to open up the Offense this game and left Alex make or break it. Down-field Down-field Down-field ALLDAY-we let one slip away last week so were going to take our anger out on Cincy. CASECLOSED—-SF24-Cincy3.

  8. By niner4life on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    hahahaha alex smith is number 3 on the list of over paid players! hahahaha! america dont lie people! hahahaha………………………………….

  9. By missouri 9er on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    niner4life, you need some meds brother! I can see Coach H is having a positive effect on Alex and so far i like what i’m seeing. GO NINERS LETS GET ANOTHER WIN!

  10. By niner4life on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    i got my meds! that good cali weed does me just fine! support your local weed shop!

  11. By Dave on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    This Cincy team is very young, but very talented. Their first game at home and their gonna be fired up. No chance for frisco in this one. Cincy 27-17

  12. By Mike on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Niner4life should get a life. Alex may not be Joe Montana but he looks pretty decent right now. Also, I’m sure you don’t make anywhere close to what Alex makes.

  13. By sean on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    Why is any dalton playing better? Maybe because his team actually has a running game. Why do we not have one? Oh yeah i can answer that one too….Are line sucks!!!! That is the difference….

  14. By sean on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    our line….

  15. By homeopath on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    Wow three of our former players on the Bengals? I hope they do well the week after, and lay low during our game with them. Niners 21-20.

  16. By niner4life on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    even the bengals are selling weed! probly some dirt weed at that! cali has the best bud! if i said it once ill say it twice i dont care call the cops!

  17. By oldninerfan on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    I can say this for the Bengals: THEY ARE CUTE! Them little tiger suits they wear. I’d put my grandson in one of them for Halloween any day. I’l bet you he’d get all kinds of oooohs & aaaaws from the neighbors. Now, can they play football? I don’t think they stand a chance against the Niners this Sunday

  18. By truninerforlife on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    ninerforlife please dont talk on here you make us true fans look ignorant if you got a comment keep it to yourself please i love what the ninners are doing but are o line needs to tighten up and our cb needs to close the gap quicker and not blow coverage

  19. By seven years in S.F. on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    LOL truniner do you know how many years we have heard that same comment you just said those are comments for a rookie not a 7 year QB that can’t even beat a QB with a puctured lung lol man Alex you will never live this one down and when he throws 2 picks and fumbles another this game i hope you Alex believers will not say the same thing you have been saying for 7 years ….oh he has no line oh he has no good plays he has no coordinator he looks good in practice….look he will get better …lol it has been 7 years if u don’t have it now you never will …sad years for the niners we used to be a respectable organization that always made good choices and players always wanted to play for us …..now even the rams are laughing at us ….and Alex does one thing well ….he always makes the other QB we are playing look really good…..can’t wait till we play against kerry collins lol ….i wake up everyday thinking the past 7 years have been some bad dream …………

  20. By rjd niner on Sep 24, 2011 | Reply

    i was realy hoping that we would have pick Andy Dalton hes a much better QB during the draft. Hopfuly our OL work on there problems like not being able to push DL back at lest 5 yards or it going to be a long day in cincy
    i wish we could have kepte LAWSON remenber we let go one of the best shut down DE in JULIAIN PETERSON he was the only one to shutdown

  21. By truninerforlife on Sep 24, 2011 | Reply

    wow when did isay alex was going to be good or hes not a bust i stated facts your stupidity is amazing seven years i stated our o line is being pushed around and you jumped to blaming alex smith yes he sucks but thats only half the blame quit crying and support your team if you cant go be a greenbay fan ban wagon idiot

  22. By rjd niner on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    after watching the the highlights our OL needs to do some work or alex will not last the season one thing he not crying in fornt of the camer about it and thats telling EVERYONE HES NOT GOING ANYPLACE

  23. By Bengals tickets on Oct 8, 2011 | Reply

    wow, nice work on this article. keep it up. will subscribe to this site.

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