Lewis wants Dillon to lead Bengals

Updated: July 29, 2003, 11:22 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Chile's Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth, including some stretches of the barren land where rainfall has never been recorded. It's fair to say that's a record for the longest drought. The second longest? My vote goes to the Cincinnati Bengals, who haven't had a winning season since 1990.

The Bengals are hoping all that will change now that Marvin Lewis is the head coach, but the person that Lewis is counting on is running back Corey Dillon. Lewis asked the talented tailback to assume more of a leadership role this year.

"We are asking him to take over the leadership and assert himself as one of our best players and take the responsibility of that position," Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He has to have something to go out there and battle about each day to keep his spirit. That is the fun of it for him."