Bengals' Marvin Lewis seeks consistency

Although his team has jumped out to a 2-1 start and seems poised to keep its winning ways moving forward, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is looking for more.

Then again, what head football coach isn't three games into the start of a new season?

What Lewis in particular is looking for, though, is consistency in a couple of key areas. He believes if his team can shore up those issues, it will be hard to beat.

"We've got to be consistent on offense, particularly in who we're on in the running game and protections and so forth," Lewis said in an interview on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" Friday morning. "That's got to be important as we move forward. And if you flip it over to the defensive side of the ball, we have to just be consistent tacklers. This game comes down each and every Sunday to who tackles the best defensively."

Lewis' comments were part of a five-minute interview with the show hosts Mike Golic and Jonathan Coachman, who was filling in for Mike Greenberg. Golic and Coachman said Lewis called into the show this morning, forcing them to "call an audible." It was one they were glad to make.

In addition to discussing the consistency he'd still like to see on offense and defense, Lewis also spent time during the segment talking about rookies Giovani Bernard and Tyler Eifert and how pleased he has been with their play so far this season. He also chatted about Cincinnati's appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks" this summer.

Take a listen to the interview when you get a chance.

Lewis hopes the Bengals hear his message about consistency this weekend when they travel to Cleveland for their second division game of the season.