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Marvin Lewis thinks Andy Dalton can start right away

Andy Dalton, Jordan Jones, Dontay Moch AP

The next step at quarterback for the Bengals is to decide whether they need another veteran quarterback to pair with Andy Dalton, considering Carson Palmer’s future up in the air.

Coach Marvin Lewis said he was unsure if they would go after anyone in free agency, whenever it arrives.

“I don’t think there’s an exact need. I feel really good about the guy we were able to draft,” Lewis said via the team’s website. “If he ends up being the starter as a rookie, I think he can do that.”

That’s a lot to put on a second round quarterback from TCU, but Dalton sounds confident he can pull it off.

“Everybody says that [Palmer] is not coming back, but I can’t worry about that,” Dalton said. “I just have to come in and learn as much as I can as quickly as I can, and put myself in a position to be successful when I get the opportunity.

“Obviously, everyone knows about the current situation with Carson Palmer. As far as I know, it’s open [competition]. We’re trying to figure out who will be the guy, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Dalton chose the number 14, the same jersey Ken Anderson used to wear.  He was introduced with A.J. Green as the Bengals looked to a new era.   Green said all the right things, with Lewis calling him a “new breed” of receiver.

“I don’t do reality TV,” Green said.

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36 Responses to “Marvin Lewis thinks Andy Dalton can start right away”
  1. gbfanforever says: May 1, 2011 10:57 AM

    What exactly is a “new breed”? A receiver that is tall and fast? There are many guys in the league with those physical attributes and they get drafted high every year. It’s just that about half of them are busts.

  2. ar1888 says: May 1, 2011 10:57 AM

    Marvin Lewis better hope he can since Palmer has escaped out of the city screaming freedom!!!

  3. ampats says: May 1, 2011 10:58 AM

    Great way to ruin the rookie !

  4. bengalguy says: May 1, 2011 11:04 AM

    New breed…….putting team ahead of yourself…..pay attenton gbfanforever

  5. jedicookie says: May 1, 2011 11:08 AM

    Welcome to football pugatory Mr. Dalton. Maybe if you’re lucky Carson will hide a spoon in your locker so you can dig your way out Shawshank style.

  6. CKL says: May 1, 2011 11:09 AM

    LOL @ Green’s comment about reality tv.
    I don’t know about his being a new breed of WR but he’s as smooth as creamed buttah on the field.

  7. clevelandewest says: May 1, 2011 11:11 AM

    Looks like Jordan Palmer is gone as well.

  8. mikebrowndie says: May 1, 2011 11:15 AM

    and Grizzly Adams had a Beard…

  9. voxveritass says: May 1, 2011 11:17 AM

    I hope Palmer turns up the heat by saying he’ll absolutely retire unless Brown trades him this year. Sitting on him for a year to prove a point would go a long ways towards showing why they draft so high every year.

  10. skoobyfl says: May 1, 2011 11:17 AM

    These dreams…

  11. faderwader says: May 1, 2011 11:19 AM

    Great fit for the new system, lots of young weapons, established running back, and most important…… red hair! My personal hero…. go Bengals!

  12. Topher says: May 1, 2011 11:23 AM

    Marvin Lewis has no choice but to think that. If I were a Bengal fan I would be a little anxious about the less-than-excited look on Dalton’s face when Cincinnati drafted him.

  13. axlviking says: May 1, 2011 11:34 AM

    hey gbfanforever, by “new breed,” I think Lewis was referring to Green’s personality which is unlike T.O. and Ochocinco…that’s why they used Green’s quote “I don’t do reality tv.”

  14. thefiesty1 says: May 1, 2011 11:40 AM

    He could start right away with another team. He won’t be very good with the supporting cast around him there.

  15. montymontana15 says: May 1, 2011 11:40 AM

    who cares if he can start or not, show more pictures of the girl!!!! They should draft her to be a cheerleader, the cheerleaders in Cincinnati all look like Pete Rose!!!

  16. gdeli says: May 1, 2011 11:41 AM

    the whole bengals organization is a joke. They give the multi-year losing head coach a new contract? nuts. what an owner.

  17. endzonezombie says: May 1, 2011 11:43 AM

    “What exactly is a “new breed”? ”

    Why don’t you read the link and you’ll know the context. Compared to the Reality Show environment the Bengals have suffered for the past few years at WR, Green is humble and non-controversial. Lewis was being a bit sarcastic in his reference to Ocho and TO.

  18. jw731 says: May 1, 2011 11:45 AM

    How the hell does Marvin lewis still have a Head Coaching job in the NFL?

  19. billsfan27 says: May 1, 2011 11:53 AM

    Already love that A.J. Green kid.

  20. burntorangehorn says: May 1, 2011 12:17 PM

    Cartman warned us of the gingers. Dalton’s coming.

  21. elevando1 says: May 1, 2011 12:17 PM

    Not a Bengals fan, but I think they had the best first tow picks of the draft. Dalton and Green should start right away. Bengals management would be wise to end the Palmer/Ocho era in the next couple weeks.

  22. hobartbaker says: May 1, 2011 1:18 PM

    Andy of Dingleberry.

  23. hobartbaker says: May 1, 2011 1:19 PM

    Little Orphan Andy.

  24. jhorton83 says: May 1, 2011 1:20 PM

    Considering his competition is currently Jordan Palmer and Dan LeFevour, that’s not a very controversial statement.

  25. davoider says: May 1, 2011 1:51 PM

    gbfanforever says:
    May 1, 2011 10:57 AM
    What exactly is a “new breed”? A receiver that is tall and fast? There are many guys in the league with those physical attributes and they get drafted high every year. It’s just that about half of them are busts.
    ————————-

    Before you criticize, next time try actually watching the interview. Marvin said following Green’s comments on not liking reality TV, taking a clear shot at Chad and selfish receivers in general. He was referring to his personality and attitude, not his physical attributes.

  26. TurdSandwich says: May 1, 2011 2:01 PM

    I assume everyone here so aggressively negatively commenting with such insight makes good money evaluating NFL talent. Oh wait, half of them are unemployed and the other half spends the day putting Box A on Shelf B.

  27. schmitty2 says: May 1, 2011 2:27 PM

    TurdSandwich says:
    May 1, 2011 2:01 PM
    I assume everyone here so aggressively negatively commenting with such insight makes good money evaluating NFL talent. Oh wait, half of them are unemployed and the other half spends the day putting Box A on Shelf B.

    So Turd..which category do you fit in?

  28. kazkal says: May 1, 2011 2:40 PM

    No Supporting Cast?
    Um A.J Green?Jordan Shipley?Jerimine Gresham? Them team will get Cedric Benson back and Feed him the ball…

    The Biggest Worry in cinci is Nate Livings as the LG…Hopefully they’ll find a vet who can replace him…

    ——————————————-LOL @ Green’s comment about reality tv.
    I don’t know about his being a new breed of WR but he’s as smooth as creamed buttah on the field.
    ————————————————–
    Need breed refers t o the Drama Free,No Reality TV no Crying for the Ball…Green said he’s happy with zero catches aslong as we get the WIN how many times has T.O or chad said that?It’s pretty much Marvin Harrison without the criminal Stuff

    PS,I’m sure someone will make a joke about Bengals being criminals but how many arrests have we had since 2007? so stfu

  29. awdlmd says: May 1, 2011 2:46 PM

    Dalton is in good hands. Marvin single-handedly developed a top five draft pick into the most average quarterback in the league.

  30. wvuandsteelers says: May 1, 2011 3:13 PM

    I will say this: Dalton’s girlfriend has a nice rack. :-)

  31. voyager6 says: May 1, 2011 4:30 PM

    I am sure Lewis would like Dalton to sit a year and learn, as he did with Palmer. But the owner is probably pulling the puppet HC’s strings again.

    To sit Dalton a year requires a decent veteran QB to run the team this year. If Geppetto signs a vet QB, then he runs the risk of paying $5 – 10 million for the vet, and then having Palmer ‘unretire’ to spite him for not trading him, costing him money, the only thing that he cares for.

    So Dalton will start, with a mediocre line and will likely get Klinglered to death.

    Just rememeber with Geppetto, money is more important than wins.

  32. kazkal says: May 1, 2011 4:32 PM

    ———————–
    Dalton is in good hands. Marvin single-handedly developed a top five draft pick into the most average quarterback in the league.

    ———————————

    Bob Bratowski did that,Have fun with that FALCONS!

    ————————
    I will say this: Dalton’s girlfriend has a nice rack
    ————————

    Gingers get all the lady’s

  33. gbfanforever says: May 1, 2011 5:00 PM

    “Before you criticize, next time try actually watching the interview. Marvin said following Green’s comments on not liking reality TV, taking a clear shot at Chad and selfish receivers in general. He was referring to his personality and attitude, not his physical attributes.”

    A selfless receiver might be a new concept in cinci, but if you notice, receivers like that are bountiful on successful franchises. Look at the teams that played in the SB this year for example. Hardly a new breed in the NFL.

  34. whodeylivedotcom says: May 1, 2011 7:59 PM

    They have to be careful not to rush Dalton onto the field. He’s facing a huge step up in competition. Pittsburgh and Baltimore are a long way away from TCU. They’d be wise to try and get Palmer back for another year and give Dalton time to adjust. If they rush him, they could ruin him, turning him into the next Akili Smith or David Klingler.

    I think Dalton can be good, but he should have some time to get there.

  35. Topher says: May 1, 2011 9:10 PM

    I live in Dayton and one of the thing that amazes me is how blind Bengals fans are to just exactly how bad their team ownership is.

  36. linerusher says: May 1, 2011 11:05 PM

    Nice pick- shipley,caldwel, simpson, green.wow! 85 is out but will the bring back T.O.?

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