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Marvin Lewis sees Andy Dalton as an opening-day starter

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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is continuing to say that if Carson Palmer returns to Cincinnati, he’ll be the starter. But Lewis also says he thinks rookie Andy Dalton will be ready to start Week One.

“There’s no question when we selected Andy Dalton we selected him with that in mind that he’d possibly be our opening-day starting quarterback,” Lewis said on ESPN 101 in St. Louis, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.

Palmer has been quiet publicly, but privately he has reportedly decided to retire if the Bengals won’t trade him. The Bengals say they won’t trade him, and Lewis sounds like he’s at peace with the idea that Palmer is done playing football.

“That’s his prerogative, so at this point in his career he decided to retire,” Lewis said. “It’s a good decision that he made to move on with the rest of his life and we understand that and accept that.”

And so Lewis, knowing he can’t force Palmer to return to the Bengals, is now trying to put a happy face on the idea of heading into 2011 with no better option than Dalton.

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  1. cured76 says: Jun 10, 2011 1:23 PM

    Does Marvin Lewis also see himself coaching Pop Warner next year?

  2. greenbaypackerbacker says: Jun 10, 2011 1:24 PM

    I am so glad to see that an organization is willing to ruin a guys career. Stay classy cincinnati!!!

    The guy has given you how many years; he has the talent if given the right pieces to be successful. I cannot believe a guy that has been an upstanding person in your organization and given you many years of hard work is being stabbed in the back.

    You know what they say about karma….

  3. trbowman says: Jun 10, 2011 1:25 PM

    Of course he does, who else are they gonna go with?

  4. myballsmyrules says: Jun 10, 2011 1:32 PM

    Look, Palmer is playing a low key power play just like Ocho Stinko did, only Palmer is being less vocal. It didn’t work for Chad, and it wont work for Carson.

    Call Carson’s bluff. If he retires, fine. If he doesn’t, then park his rear end on the bench and let whatever little skills he has left erode

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 10, 2011 1:34 PM

    Lewis is also making it very clear that Mike Brown’s decision to not trade Palmer is not based on the need of the team but rather the personal stubborness and need to prove a point of Mr Brown himself.

    You stay classy Cincinatti!

  6. mattyc says: Jun 10, 2011 1:36 PM

    I saw Dalton as a Rd 5 steal, but round 2 based off of nothing was ignorant. Dalton was a reach, no questions asked, just as was Kapernick & Locker, & Ponder. Teams drafting for need lose out on great players for what….. Intangibles? This is why the Bengals continue to sit in the gutter. They always have potential

  7. blackbeardk says: Jun 10, 2011 1:36 PM

    He doesn’t have much of a choice…Dalton or bust!

  8. seatown12 says: Jun 10, 2011 1:37 PM

    Dalton seems like a bright guy, but I think Marvin’s dreamin…then again, what esle is he supposed to say

  9. tilafoo says: Jun 10, 2011 1:40 PM

    That whole situation would be MUCH less dramatic if Mike Brown was out of the picture completely.

  10. myballsmyrules says: Jun 10, 2011 1:40 PM

    If Carson Palmer doesn’t want to be here, “Damn him”!!

  11. dickroy says: Jun 10, 2011 1:41 PM

    Yep!! Thats just the way the Bengals operate with Mike Brown making the calls. Throw the rookie out there right away. Don’t dare trade Carson and get a draft pick or two out of it. Just let him go and get nothing Mike. You certainly don’t need anything. You are all set to go about 3-13. Thats good enough for you, as long as the people keep coming and you make money.

  12. Kaz says: Jun 10, 2011 1:49 PM

    Cinci fans and teamates are happy he won’t be returning. Marvin probably is too.

  13. reallaquain says: Jun 10, 2011 1:54 PM

    Somebody in Cincinnati thought it was a great idea to start David Klingler on opening day.

  14. jackfnburton says: Jun 10, 2011 1:59 PM

    I see Andy Dalton retiring in five years and going fishing with Carson Palmer because he doesn’t want to play for a crappy team, either.

  15. danimalk82 says: Jun 10, 2011 2:00 PM

    This is an obvious attack at the Palmer brothers. I mean how can Lewis honestly say (before 1 practice, or OTA or minicamp) that Dalton will start over Jordan Palmer who has 3 years of experience running the backup offense.

    The Bengals, Redskins, & Raiders are the 3-Stooges of the NFL.

  16. killxswitch says: Jun 10, 2011 2:00 PM

    I’ve said this before, but Mike Brown is the worst owner in football. Worse than Jerry Jones, Al Davis, Jerry Richardson, Ralph Wilson, any of them. Mike Brown is terrible. I feel bad for Ohio football fans.

  17. bengalsown says: Jun 10, 2011 2:03 PM

    Palmer was given (at the time) the richest contract for a QB ever. That included bonus money, which is basically payment for services to be rendered throughout the contract. Now, Palmer wants to be traded, despite not having lived up to his end of the contract.

    Why should Mike Brown feel any sort of obligation to trade the guy?

  18. bengalsown says: Jun 10, 2011 2:04 PM

    Hey, let’s all criticize one of the only owners in the NFL who expects his players to play out their contracts! Mike Brown also is one of the only owners who will continue to pay a player, despite their slipping skills, the contract he agreed to.

    What a horrible person!!!!11

  19. smalltownqb says: Jun 10, 2011 2:04 PM

    I would love to know if the Bengals have gotten any offers and what they have been.

    What a standoff. What is sad is that the Bengals are perfectly fine with people trying to perennially defect. They are the new USSR.

    AJ Green – get yourself an out clause before you sign any paper.

  20. tilafoo says: Jun 10, 2011 2:07 PM

    That’s the kicker, Jordan Palmer is terrible. The only reason he is there is because big brother got him that spot, period. He gets completely overwhelmed when put in the game. I think Dalton would be a better starter than Palmer part deaux.

  21. pftard says: Jun 10, 2011 2:08 PM

    I guess play-off prognosticators can predict two guaranteee divisional wins for the Ravens & Steelers this* season.

    * assumption that a season takes place and that it has the expected number of games played.

  22. abengalfan says: Jun 10, 2011 2:31 PM

    bengalsown says:
    Jun 10, 2011 2:04 PM
    Hey, let’s all criticize one of the only owners in the NFL who expects his players to play out their contracts! Mike Brown also is one of the only owners who will continue to pay a player, despite their slipping skills, the contract he agreed to.

    What a horrible person!!!!11

    Ok smart guy, OchoAzzo is under contract for ’11, why is everyone saying he will not be on the roster when the season starts?
    What about the pay cuts the coaching staff has taken?
    Willie Anderson cut in ’08 after refusing pay cut is just one of many players under contract that Mikey has let go. Just like every other team.

  23. crumpledstiltskin says: Jun 10, 2011 2:52 PM

    Alright. Sounds good.

    Browns 1-0 to start the season.

  24. evrybdyhas1 says: Jun 10, 2011 2:56 PM

    Classes and stupid, force him to retire rather then get future draft picks. No wonder uniforms are striped.

  25. lacharger2112 says: Jun 10, 2011 2:57 PM

    So this owner will let a commodity like a wanted starting QB sit on the shelf and retire. Instead of trading him and getting a draft pick or anything for him just because said QB wants a divorce and the owner doesn’t?
    Amazing that this person had enough business sense to even purchase a Football franchise. Then again he does own the Bangles.

  26. killxswitch says: Jun 10, 2011 3:11 PM

    Mike Brown doesn’t cut players? Please.

    Chase Coffman – cut
    Willie Anderson – cut
    Laveraneus Coles – cut
    Levi Jones – cut
    Chris Perry – cut

    That’s just with a quick Google search.

    NFL contracts are not guaranteed, so that if a player isn’t performing or gets injured, he can be cut. Nothing wrong with it. But that sword should swing both ways. If a player doesn’t want to play for a team anymore, he has a few limited avenues of action available. One of them is retiring.

    Palmer has not made scathing statements (or any statements) to the media. He hasn’t threatened anybody. He quietly asked for a trade and, barring that, will stop playing football before playing for the Bengals again.

  27. tombradyswig says: Jun 10, 2011 3:24 PM

    and I could see Andy getting chased, ran into the ground, and just generally abused on opening day.

  28. abengalfan says: Jun 10, 2011 3:35 PM

    lacharger2112 says:
    Jun 10, 2011 2:57 PM

    Amazing that this person had enough business sense to even purchase a Football franchise. Then again he does own the Bangles.

    Purchase? Ha, Mikey got the team the old fashion way; he inherited it.

  29. ltfreshmissiles says: Jun 10, 2011 3:38 PM

    Antonio Bryant, Kenny Irons, etc— mike brown didnt hold up his end of the Contract

  30. meso0rnery says: Jun 10, 2011 3:53 PM

    Do you think you could have found a creepier picture of Marvin Lewis?

  31. ndirishfan1 says: Jun 10, 2011 3:59 PM

    I can see Andy Dalton as an opening day starter next year too… for a 4-12 team

  32. winkeroni says: Jun 10, 2011 4:44 PM

    The sensible thing to do would be hire Brad Childress because he will do whatever it takes to get Carson in a Bengals uniform.

  33. jayc0478 says: Jun 10, 2011 4:54 PM

    ltfreshmissiles says:
    Jun 10, 2011 3:38 PM
    Antonio Bryant, Kenny Irons, etc— mike brown didnt hold up his end of the Contract

    LOL. these are the 2 worst examples you could give. Bryant swindled a large chunk of money from the Bengals for a few months of preseason.

    Irons torn up his knee in a preseason game and was more interested in partying than rehabbing his knee. He never made it back from his injury.

  34. laxer37 says: Jun 10, 2011 4:59 PM

    Wonder who he sees starting week 2?

  35. lacharger2112 says: Jun 10, 2011 5:05 PM

    abengalfan says: Jun 10, 2011 3:35 PM

    lacharger2112 says:
    Jun 10, 2011 2:57 PM

    Amazing that this person had enough business sense to even purchase a Football franchise. Then again he does own the Bangles.
    ————-
    Purchase? Ha, Mikey got the team the old fashion way; he inherited it.
    ————-
    Thanks for setting me straight. Now that makes a lot more sense.
    It must be hard being a Bengals fan at times.
    I grew up in LA (still here) and it’s tough being a football fan in LA. I don’t know who to follow anymore. Thank goodness I have family in San Diego.

  36. skinsrock says: Jun 10, 2011 5:22 PM

    “That’s his prerogative, so at this point in his career he decided to retire,” Lewis said. “It’s a good decision that he made to move on with the rest of his life and we understand that and accept that.”
    ___________

    I love it!! That is how you deal with demands from players under contract… He wants to retire, we wish him all the best…. LOLOLOLOL

  37. thetooloftools says: Jun 10, 2011 5:29 PM

    From what I have read Andy Dalton is sharp and catches on fast to offensive schemes. I’m not sure I would want to be a rookie QB starting right away in Cincy. I hope he has good health insurance.

  38. ozthegr8 says: Jun 10, 2011 6:16 PM

    Since Carson Palmer became the starting quarterback in 2004 there have been 6 AFC teams that have been to the playoffs more than the Bengals. There are 4 teams with the same playoff appearances, and 5 teams with less appearances. It seems Mike Brown has given Palmer the same chance as 9 other AFC teams have given there quarterbacks.

  39. bigshadetree says: Jun 10, 2011 6:20 PM

    Someone should have asked him when opening day is…

  40. voyager6 says: Jun 10, 2011 6:25 PM

    Even if he is not the best QB on the roster, Andy Dalton will start week 1 because the Bengals need something to motivate the masses so they blindly buy season tickets.

    However, without a proper O line, Andy Dalton will be on the IR by Game 2 and Marvin will be scrambling to find someone else for the remainder of the season.

    And as far as holding to a contract, remember that Mike Brown threatened to move the team in the 90s if there wasn’t a new stadium built, effectively terminating the lease on Riverfront Stadium, because a Stadium Club was never built (as was required). Note the Bengals had construction approval rights and vetoed every single proposal for the Stadium Club, preserving their ability to leave at any time.

  41. hitdog042 says: Jun 10, 2011 10:41 PM

    Chase Coffman is still a Bengal numnuts

  42. bonniebengal says: Jun 15, 2011 12:23 AM

    …”And so Lewis, knowing he can’t force Palmer to return to the Bengals, is now trying to put a happy face on the idea of heading into 2011 with no better option than Dalton.”

    I think when a “journalist” puts their own opinion in an article and tells us how Marvin Lewis feels, it should be made clear that is it their opinion. Bad job there.

  43. bonniebengal says: Jun 15, 2011 12:26 AM

    Dickroy says”Yep!! Thats just the way the Bengals operate with Mike Brown making the calls. Throw the rookie out there right away. ”

    If you knew even a little bit about the Bengals, you would know that that’s not how they normally operate. They don’t play their rookies fast enough or give them enough play time. Example: Bernard Scott and Jerome Simspon, Carlos Dunlap, the list goes on. It bugs me when people with absolutely no knowledge of a team start stating “facts” when they have no clue.

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