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Marvin Lewis was most impressed by Andy Dalton’s demeanor

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There were many things to like about Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in 2011.  His boss was most impressed by something unrelated to arm strength or accuracy or size or smarts.

“I think all along just his demeanor,” coach Marvin Lewis said Friday at the Scouting Combine.  “As a couple people said to me, ‘He has it.’  You felt that about him.  Nothing seemed too big.  He seems to take almost everything in stride. His personality is one that’s very unassuming yet a very quiet demeanor, quiet determination and a resolve that he can do whatever it is.”

Dalton took the Bengals to the playoffs and won a spot in the Pro Bowl without the benefit of an offseason training program.  This year, Dalton will get a full opportunity to prepare — and Lewis wants to see him make the most of it.

“I think it’s going to be a huge thing for Andy to have,” Lewis said.  “Not only the offseason, but a resume of work.  Something he can improve upon and build upon with the rest of our players.  He spoke so much about that.  That he can’t wait to get the opportunity to get back to work and to be able to look at the different concepts and the things we do offensively.  We need to continue to build on this and get better at this, and so forth.  I think it was a great experience for our young guys to have the opportunity to learn from these veteran players.  I just told them, ‘Suck the knowledge out of them and come back.’  I think that’s important.”

And so that experience and knowledge could help the Bengals close the gap in the AFC North.  Although Lewis seemed to bristle a little at the question of whether a gap even exists.

“We won the division three years ago and it’s not worth anything,” Lewis said.  “We have to compete and win against our division teams.  We know Cleveland, Baltimore and Pittsburgh get better every year.”

Well, Baltimore and Pittsburgh get better every year.  And the Bengals will need to get a lot better in order to leapfrog the Steelers and Ravens in 2012.

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21 Responses to “Marvin Lewis was most impressed by Andy Dalton’s demeanor”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 24, 2012 9:47 PM

    Did they even beat a team with a winning record? I wouldn’t be going out saying they’re good just yet. But Dalton kind of reminds me of a younger Jake Delhomme. Not the best quarterback, but you can do worse. Also if you surround them with good talent, you will get some production.

  2. chrishenry15 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:48 PM

    Man if the bengals trade up for richardson,we will be set for a long time
    Dalton,Green,Richardson?!?!

  3. ticalcaldwell says: Feb 24, 2012 10:06 PM

    “Well, Baltimore and Pittsburgh get better every year. And the Bengals will need to get a lot better in order to leapfrog the Steelers and Ravens in 2012.”

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    I was waiting the whole article…I almost thought it was going to be a completely positive article about the Bengals….just had to add the blurb at the end didnt you…..didnt you

  4. Nikhil Balakumar says: Feb 24, 2012 10:18 PM

    if they can pull of bringing in mike wallace they could do some special thing, they certainly have the money to do it

  5. xtb3 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:11 PM

    Dalton choked in the playoff game losing the game on his own. Ran backwards out of easy FG range into a sack when Bengals had controlled the game. Causing the stupid call by Lewis to still try the long FG which their bad FG kicker then missed setting Houston in good field position and momentum turned and Houston scored. The on next Bengals possesion Dalton threw an intetrcweption right into the hands of Houston’s 6 foot 6 defensive end who was standing 2 and a half yards in front of him – with ball deep in Bengals end. Dalton on his own lost this game because he is a very average QB. Not even as good as Palmer.

    Note- Bengals did not beat a single team over .500/

  6. againsville says: Feb 24, 2012 11:26 PM

    The bengals remind me of the 10-11 bucs. I can see them as a 4-6 win team next year

  7. whodeytn says: Feb 24, 2012 11:33 PM

    Dalton choked in the playoff game losing the game on his own. Ran backwards out of easy FG range into a sack when Bengals had controlled the game. Causing the stupid call by Lewis to still try the long FG which their bad FG kicker then missed setting Houston in good field position and momentum turned and Houston scored. The on next Bengals possesion Dalton threw an intetrcweption right into the hands of Houston’s 6 foot 6 defensive end who was standing 2 and a half yards in front of him – with ball deep in Bengals end. Dalton on his own lost this game because he is a very average QB. Not even as good as Palmer.
    ———-

    Ugh… Where to start…

  8. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 24, 2012 11:41 PM

    “We love how he’s holding up with all this talk about redheads becoming extinct soon. Lots of people would be looking over their shoulder, or become bitter. Dalton just says, ‘I guess I just have to change my nickname to Soon To Be Extinct Raggedy Andy..ha ha…, or Little Extinct Orphan Andy..ha ha…’

    You can’t help but admire that attitude. I mean, what’s worse than extinction?”.

  9. tropboi11 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:42 PM

    This kid was a rookie and didnt have a real training camp, now he will and he will learn from his mistakes, he will only get better and is already showing more promise than Palmer, they will be back in the playoffs again next year and they will be beating the teams with an above .500 record.

  10. ningenito78 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:51 PM

    Criticizing Dalton is as dumb and uninformed as it gets. The guy was a rookie remember? Maybe you can join all the young players and suck some knowledge from some guy you know. And I’m not even a Bengals fan.

  11. mtheparrothead says: Feb 25, 2012 1:15 AM

    When’s the last time the word winner has been associated with a ginger?

  12. ohiost4141 says: Feb 25, 2012 2:26 AM

    XTB3:

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but last time I went to school, 9-7 was a winning record.

    They won @ Tennessee who were 9-7.

    Also, the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl. Wanna guess how many winning teams they beat all season (INCLUDING THE PLAYOFFS)??

    Answer: 1 (Baltimore, AFC Championship game).

  13. ohiost4141 says: Feb 25, 2012 2:29 AM

    Forget he was a rookie and didn’t have mini camps, OTA’s, training camp etc, the other 10 starters with him also had to learn a brand new offensive system under new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

    It wasn’t like Dalton came in to this offense where the other 10 were experienced and vets with it and they could just bring him right along and help him.

    They had to worry about learning a new scheme and plays too.

    Pretty damn amazing what Dalton was able to do this year.

    Hell, most rookie quarterbacks don’t even see the field in their first year, let alone have success.

  14. joetoronto says: Feb 25, 2012 6:36 AM

    xtb3:

    You nailed it, no doubt about it.

    Bengals fans can’t handle the truth though, surprise.

  15. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Feb 25, 2012 8:00 AM

    Marvin Lewis was also impressed at the accuracy of Scut Farkus/Andy Dalton’s ability to throw a snowball at a moving target. In an alleyway.

  16. cuda1234 says: Feb 25, 2012 8:17 AM

    Dalton had a great year and looks like a good kid and a good prospect. Being successful in Cincy is really something. However, I don’t think anyone believes that he wasn’t getting coached up all summer. OC Jay Gruden wasn’t allowed to work with him but big brother Jay sure way. Where’s THAT story?

  17. cuda1234 says: Feb 25, 2012 8:18 AM

    Second try – big brother Jon sure was.

  18. theandy59 says: Feb 25, 2012 9:25 AM

    I like Andy Dalton, I think he has a chance to be really good. Brady-Manning(s)-Brees-Rodgers good? No. But definitely Romo-Rivers territory good. He’s got the great receiver to throw to, plus a very good tight end. His biggest obstacle to becoming a very good NFL QB is his coach. I think Marvin Lewis is on the short list of worst coaches in the NFL.

  19. barneysbullet says: Feb 25, 2012 10:19 AM

    Seriously…the Steelers and Ravens get better every year? Watchu talkin bout Willis? I’d like some of what your smoking. (oh yeah i forgot…the steelers looked great against the broncos)
    Not a Bengals fan but thought Dalton had great rookie year.

  20. londonbengal says: Feb 25, 2012 2:47 PM

    All you ‘experts’ out there dissin’ Daltons’ season, go ahead, rip the guy.

    You were probably the same idiots that gave us Bengal fans no hope pre-season, another 4-12 year, #1 for Andrew Luck, 122nd of 122 sports franchises etc, etc.

    Fact is, Dalton led to us to 9-7 and the play-offs, one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history, fact. Go suck it up.

    I guarentee you, before the season started, 100% of Bengal fans would have taken 9-7, a play-off spot, and 4 of their young guys linin’ up in Hawaii…..(and if there was any justice in the world Whitworth should’ve been there too……)

    Now lets see how these young guys do this season in the ultra-tough AFCN and with a tougher schedule.

    Its gonna be fun…….

  21. idkid1980 says: Feb 25, 2012 4:20 PM

    I love when all the Bengals hating trolls forget the team was picked as the worst in the league at the beginning of the season. As a life long fan of the team, it was nice to win the games we should have won. Palmer rarely did that for us.

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