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Andy Dalton feels no pressure in response to coach’s comments, but he should

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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wants quarterback Andy Dalton and linebacker Rey Maualuga to step up and become more fiery, vocal leaders.

The fiery-haired Dalton says he’s up to the challenge.

We’re leaders of our unit,” Dalton said Wednesday, in a video posted at Bengals.com.  “And for Rey, he’s leader of the defense.  I’m the leader of the offense.  So I mean it’s a challenge for us.  [Lewis] believes in us.  Nothing that he’s doubting us or anything like that.  It’s a challenge.  We’re where we are.  Nothing we can do about it right now.  We’ll just improve and get better.”

As to whether the coach’s comments give Dalton a green light to be a jerk, Dalton said with a laugh, “Maybe I should have staged a fight today or something.  That would have been good.”

He’s joking, but maybe he shouldn’t have been.  Lewis is looking for something specific and tangible and jarring.  Something that will get the attention of other players, making it clear that they are accountable to their on-field leaders.

“I don’t feel any pressure,” Dalton said.  “What it comes down to is me being me, and hopefully doing enough that it’s gonna satisfy him.”

But isn’t Lewis saying that Dalton being Dalton isn’t enough?  That it’s time for him to step up and be something more?

In fairness to Dalton, he realizes that it’s time to change.  “It’s the natural progression of it,” Dalton said.  “As a rookie, you come in, you’re meeting new people.  Now in the second year, it’s your offense.  It’s your team.  And that’s how I’ve got to treat it.”

Here’s the problem.  Through seven games, the Bengals are 3-4, including an ongoing three-game winning streak.  And if Dalton is looking for a good example of what it means to step up and take over a team as a non-rookie, he needs to pay very close attention to what Peyton Manning does when the Broncos come to Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.

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22 Responses to “Andy Dalton feels no pressure in response to coach’s comments, but he should”
  1. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 1, 2012 9:45 AM

    Yeah, I don’t see a lot of Peyton Manning or Tom Brady in this guy.

  2. croteus says: Nov 1, 2012 9:48 AM

    I think you mean “an ongoing three game losing streak”, not winning streak.

    Perhaps Marvin Lewis should have challenged his superiors to sign a quality running back and a #2 option for Dalton in the passing game.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 1, 2012 9:50 AM

    “And for Rey, he’s leader of the defense.”

    Problem #1.

  4. jjb0811 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:54 AM

    At least he won’t wilt under pressure. The sub .500 coach should be feeling more heat.

  5. ncbengalmike says: Nov 1, 2012 9:55 AM

    I wished the Bengals were in a three game winning streak.

  6. beedubyatoo says: Nov 1, 2012 9:59 AM

    You can’t be something you’re not. Anything that Dalton would say now that would be construed as “vocal and fiery” would sound phony.

    I’m a big Badger fan and gained much respect for Dalton in the 2011 Rose bowl when he was at TCU.

    The Bengals have won 3 in a row. Don’t screw it up, Marvin.

  7. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 1, 2012 10:09 AM

    Note to Marvin Lewis

    Stay out the way of the offense. Let Jay Gruden do his thing. If its not in Dalton to be a fiery leader you can’t force if on him. He’ll come off as a phony.

    Move Hue Jackson from DB coach to QBs coach and good things should start happening…IMHO.

  8. herrerabrad says: Nov 1, 2012 10:20 AM

    Note to Marvin Lewis….Eli Manning doesnt have a “fiery” temperment, and is a solid leader with two SuperBowl rings, and SB MVP’s…Dalton is doing just fine…

  9. stoptrippn says: Nov 1, 2012 10:41 AM

    Play Taylor Mays. Stop letting money get in the way of winning (Nate Clements) also get rid of the OVERATED Defensive Coord.

  10. steeltowntowelies says: Nov 1, 2012 10:54 AM

    how is Lewis still the coach of this team?…that’s the real brain buster.

  11. oldschoolomen says: Nov 1, 2012 12:22 PM

    Marvin Lewis being Marvin Lewis is certainly not enough.

    PS. Money is not getting in the way of Taylor Mays playing for the Bengals. Taylor Mays’ play is getting in the way of him playing. The human missile is garbage in coverage and a liability to his own teammates safety. You can’t play safety with your head down, launching yourself into anyone and everyone.

  12. villa41 says: Nov 1, 2012 12:23 PM

    What a mess. Thank goodness we ended up with Palmer out of the whole situation. Between Lewis, Dalton, and Jackson this team is a three ring circus.

  13. ridnaway says: Nov 1, 2012 12:29 PM

    The only thing Rey Maualuga should be leading is Marvin Lewis………. right out the back door. Don’t even get me started on the incompetent, cheapskate owner.

  14. jm91rs says: Nov 1, 2012 12:36 PM

    Undrafted free agent Burfict was telling Rey where to line up last week. There’s no hope for that kid and Lewis calling him the leader of this defense is a joke. Of course Lewis still being the coach is a joke as well.

    The defense is a mess, the quantity over quality DB’s are going to kill the team. The starting middle line backer still has no idea what he’s doing. Zimmer hasn’t done this year what he has in the past, maybe it’s personnel, but it’s just not working anymore.

    As for Dalton, he showed me plenty last week when he refused post game interviews from one of the biggest Bengal Homers you can find. He needs an attitude adjustment, step up and say “i sucked and i will get better”. Then behind closed doors tell your team they all sucked and they all need to get better.

  15. jm91rs says: Nov 1, 2012 12:38 PM

    villa41 says: Nov 1, 2012 12:23 PM

    What a mess. Thank goodness we ended up with Palmer out of the whole situation. Between Lewis, Dalton, and Jackson this team is a three ring circus.

    ___________________________________

    Ha, your average QB is not worth what you paid for him. The fact that he’s making Raiders fans happy says expectations weren’t any higher there than they are in Cincinnati.

  16. nomoreseasontix says: Nov 1, 2012 12:39 PM

    Lewis is the one who should be feeling pressure.
    I promise you Hue Jackson is slithering around behind his back ready to stick the shank in at the first opportunity….

  17. ralphiepower says: Nov 1, 2012 12:47 PM

    Dalton is the same guy who once said “Pain don’t hurt”

  18. scrp2 says: Nov 1, 2012 12:47 PM

    I give credit to Marvin Lewis for being one of the greatest coaches of all time. He’s worked for a terrible franchise for 9 years and only has 3 losing seasons. Little do they know, these players are working under a Vince Lombardi type legend.

  19. t8ertot says: Nov 1, 2012 4:50 PM

    “how is Lewis still the coach of this team?…that’s the real brain buster.”

    Mike Brown. That is all

  20. mazblast says: Nov 1, 2012 7:38 PM

    Th eonly thing Maualuga leads is in fights–with cops and young women. Fiery reputation, catchy name, well acquainted with local law enforcement, can’t play. Makes him a perfect Bengal.

    BTW, as others have pointed out, the Bagels are on a three-game LOSING streak. Miami at home, at Cleveland, Pittsburgh at home. Now the Denver Broncos–excuse me, the Denver Peytons–come to town.

  21. joetoronto says: Nov 2, 2012 6:00 AM

    jm91rs says:
    Nov 1, 2012 12:38 PM
    villa41 says: Nov 1, 2012 12:23 PM

    What a mess. Thank goodness we ended up with Palmer out of the whole situation. Between Lewis, Dalton, and Jackson this team is a three ring circus.

    ___________________________________

    Ha, your average QB is not worth what you paid for him. The fact that he’s making Raiders fans happy says expectations weren’t any higher there than they are in Cincinnati.
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    I understand it hurts, I really do. Palmer at his age being much better than the noodle armed ginger has to hurt.

    You have to realize where the pain is coming from first though, jm91rs.

    It’s due to being a fan of a team that has never won a damn thing and never will.

  22. stanggtman says: Nov 2, 2012 8:56 PM

    If I can change and you can change, everybody can change!

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