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Marvin Lewis: Blaming Dalton for playoff loss is “baloney”


Andy Dalton had a bad game in the Bengals’ playoff loss to the Chargers, but coach Marvin Lewis thinks it’s unfair to pin the loss solely on Dalton.

Everybody wants to blame our quarterback for everything, but in that game against San Diego it was both offense and defense,” Lewis told Don Banks of “We didn’t stop them on third down and get off the field, our great little running back [Giovani Bernard] fumbled the football [at the 5-yard line], and we didn’t make any plays on special teams or turn the ball over on defense. It’s easy to point at one guy, but baloney, the football team didn’t play as well as we needed to win.”

Dalton has one year remaining on his rookie contract, and it’s unclear how close the two sides are to a new deal. Lewis suggested that Dalton may be seeking a contract in the $18 million a year range, which is what Jay Cutler got from the Bears.

“I know he would like to get it done and I know we’d like to get it done, and just hopefully we can get by that deal with my man, Cutler in Chicago and we can all get something everybody likes,” Lewis said.

If Dalton wants Cutler money, the Bengals would be wise to make him wait for it. The playoff loss may not have been all Dalton’s fault, but if Dalton is going to get paid like a top-tier quarterback, he should prove he can play better in a playoff game than he played against San Diego.

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77 Responses to “Marvin Lewis: Blaming Dalton for playoff loss is “baloney””
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 30, 2014 5:50 PM

    What the hell has Cutler done to deserve “Cutler money”?

  2. ctiggs says: May 30, 2014 5:51 PM

    I live in Bengal land, any time i get into an argument with one of them, i just let them know ANDY DALTON IS YOUR QB. game set match #Nobodyhasitbetter

  3. Goodell's Green Glasses says: May 30, 2014 5:51 PM

    Dalton’s playoff stats: 1 TD, 6 ints, 56.9% comp, 56.2 passer rating.

  4. khadeemw says: May 30, 2014 5:51 PM

    If Andy Dalton gets paid 18 million then the Bengals r stupid as hell.

  5. thetooloftools says: May 30, 2014 5:52 PM

    $18 million a year is insane unless this guy has a much better year. His decision making skills are horrible.

  6. taylorgangtrippymane says: May 30, 2014 5:53 PM

    Baloney? Naw I think red pepperoni is more fitting.

  7. SeattleJones says: May 30, 2014 5:54 PM

    Wow, Marvin going hard. Love it. Hilarious hearing Bengals fans blame their departed cooridinators. The whole team has issues, folks. And $18mil/year for Dalton is insano. Hes no DangeRuss Wilson, i’ll tell you that.

  8. bengalguy says: May 30, 2014 5:54 PM

    Andy Dalton > Your Teams QB…..STILL!!!!!

  9. stillers213 says: May 30, 2014 5:59 PM

    Cutler isn’t worth anywhere near $18M.
    Dalton hasn’t even proved his worth to remain the starting QB despite having above avg receivers and a good defense.
    Truth hurts sometimes.

  10. DaveKShape says: May 30, 2014 6:02 PM

    Dalton definitely deserves some of the blame for his poor play, but some of Gruden’s playcalling was really quite bizarre.

    That long bomb call on 4th and 3 in the Chargers game was just completely mind-boggling. They were running great the entire 1st half and then inexplicably abandoned the run in the 2nd half. That’s not all on Dalton.

  11. jdphx says: May 30, 2014 6:03 PM

    “Everybody wants to blame our quarterback for everything”

    Uhhh Marvin… That’s because we watch the guy play!

  12. jdphx says: May 30, 2014 6:04 PM

    Hey Marvin, how’s his contract extension coming?

    Oh…. I see.

  13. orivar says: May 30, 2014 6:06 PM

    Red romo is a playoff choker.

  14. kd75 says: May 30, 2014 6:11 PM

    So, are you taking the blame, Marvin?

  15. andrewluck12 says: May 30, 2014 6:12 PM

    I’d rather have Dalton than rg3-13, Jake locker, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Schaub, Brian hoyer, Carson Palmer, chad Henne, Matt Cassell/Christian ponder, josh mccown, geno smith…

  16. Go-Hawks! says: May 30, 2014 6:13 PM

    Dalton needs to get hurt a couple times a year and be a snot nosed punk to the media and get out-shined by his backup. That’s the Cutler way. You wanna get paid like Cutler, act like Cutler.

  17. humb0lt says: May 30, 2014 6:13 PM

    I disagree with Marvin Lewis, and assume he’s just trying to protect his QB’s feelings.

    Andy Dalton gifted us the game with his three turnovers. He appeared to be in over his head, nervous, rattled, bad decisions. When the fumbled the ball without being touched by a Charger, you could see it in his face and body language – totally flustered.

    On his two interceptions he tried force the ball into coverage – both were bad decisions. His 67.0 rating for that game is the reason the Bengals lost, conversely Rivers’ 119 rating is the reason the Chargers won.

    Watching that game made me come to the conclusion that Andy Dalton is going to hold back the Bengals, who otherwise are a very talented team.

  18. peppylapeu says: May 30, 2014 6:17 PM

    Cutler is getting paid market value and already pushed money into future years to clear cap space…Vick was paid 14 mil for nothing and what about Romo’s contract ???? My gosh let Dalton earn it…

  19. voyager6 says: May 30, 2014 6:17 PM

    Marvin’s support reminds me of Baseball when the GM or owner comes out and says, “I have total confidence in the manager”, and they fire him the next day.

    At best, it just reinforces the pressure on Dalton.

  20. laxer37 says: May 30, 2014 6:22 PM

    We don’t blame Dalton, we blame you Marvin.

    Neither has a playoff win, but Marvin has had more chances and has repeatedly failed.

  21. cincybert says: May 30, 2014 6:26 PM

    Marvin’s right…the whole team played like garbage against SD. Just like each of Marvin’s 5 playoff teams were unprepared and overmatched in playoff games.

  22. joejacks says: May 30, 2014 6:32 PM

    Same ol Bungles

  23. bengalguy says: May 30, 2014 6:34 PM

    The Bengals 53 man roster > than your teams!
    Conversely, if it was all about who had the better QB, wouldn’t New England, Denver, New Orleans or Green Bay win the Super Bowl EVERY SINGLE YEAR????
    Haters, hate all you want! The Cincinnati Bengals are a top 10 football team for the last 3 years. Assuming all of you trolls played real sports as kids (not fantasy), haven ‘t you ever heard the phrase “you win as a team & lose as a team???” 1 guy dosen’t win or lose you a hockey, basketball, baseball or football game for 3+ years fellas! I know ya’ll hate Dalton, but get used to him, he’s gonna be beating your teams for awhile. Learn to Deal!!!

  24. ravenswhat says: May 30, 2014 6:40 PM

    I’m going to go ahead and guess Dr Rusty is conspicuously absent from this thread. The kitchen is getting hot, rusty. Real hot.

  25. Nofoolnodrool says: May 30, 2014 6:42 PM

    The Bengals 53 man roster > than your teams!
    Conversely, if it was all about who had the better QB, wouldn’t New England, Denver, New Orleans or Green Bay win the Super Bowl EVERY SINGLE YEAR????
    Haters, hate all you want! The Cincinnati Bengals are a top 10 football team for the last 3 years. Assuming all of you trolls played real sports as kids (not fantasy), haven ‘t you ever heard the phrase “you win as a team & lose as a team???” 1 guy dosen’t win or lose you a hockey, basketball, baseball or football game for 3+ years fellas! I know ya’ll hate Dalton, but get used to him, he’s gonna be beating your teams for awhile. Learn to Deal!!!

    You are correct for once …shocking? So instead of Andy chokes it’s the entire team chokes in the big moment. Hey Bungals will be Bungals. Thank god we have them to laugh at. Now get your snickers and relax.

  26. raiderapologist says: May 30, 2014 6:52 PM

    bengalguy says: May 30, 2014 6:34 PM

    The Bengals 53 man roster > than your teams!
    San Diego’s 53 man roster last season > your team.

  27. casurferho says: May 30, 2014 7:03 PM

    Marvin is a great coach! I am so glad we Viking fans hired Zimmer, he is a top notch coach that finally had his # called! The bengals are oober talented, and Dalton has done a decent Job, his 3rf year will determine if he is worth QB money!

  28. firerogergoodellnow says: May 30, 2014 7:04 PM

    It took Peyton Manning 6 years to win his first playoff game, just saying.

  29. ejmam1 says: May 30, 2014 7:06 PM

    Say what you want but I do know he is a far better QB than me or any other person who has posted about is flaws.

  30. t500000t says: May 30, 2014 7:09 PM

    Dalton’s lifetime stats

    Rating 85.7
    Completion % 60.9
    80 TD to 49 INT

    The numbers say Dalton just isn’t that good; the game against the Chargers say he is just terrible.

  31. chargersdiehard says: May 30, 2014 7:16 PM

    He’s right. The Chargers just out played and out coached them.

  32. vegaskid21 says: May 30, 2014 7:28 PM

    Quarterbacks are making WAAAAAAAY to much money. The commish Ole Roger needs to either cap what qb’s make, or raise the salary cap so the Greedy-Azz qb’s can make their bank WITHOUT handicapping the entire team or raising ticket prices. But that’s just wishful thinking. It will never happen. Easier to just raise the ticket prices and let the fans pay.

  33. shaundolphinsfan23 says: May 30, 2014 7:41 PM

    Andy Dalton is a very capable QB, but like a lot of QBs that seem capable, it’s all about his mentality. That’s what separates the decent from the good and the good from the great. He does not have the mind of a great quarterback. That’s the truth.

  34. playgroundlgnd says: May 30, 2014 7:42 PM

    I’m not a Bengal fan.. I’m a rival actually..

    I will be the first to say Dalton is underrated. He has put the franchise over the hump and gotten them to the playoffs in a very tough division.

    If you look at his stay line over the last three seasons it’s better than most 10-15 mil qbs.

    The numbers say it all.. He can produce. How about instead of tearing him down.. you get behind him and build him up? Trust me Bengal it could be much worse.. look at the teams my team (the browns) have had..

  35. thereyougo2 says: May 30, 2014 7:45 PM

    Agree with no fool. Bengals remain in the hunt and the last three years were a winning football team and fun to watch. Dalton is tough plays hard in some freezing weather and has no quit in him. The year his team wins two playoff games they’ll have a per raid for him. No, not a parade.

  36. jkampel20 says: May 30, 2014 7:45 PM


    Actually, Dalton’s first three years, statistically, have been some of the best in the history of the NFL.

    Primetime games and Playoffs on the other hand….Absolutely dismal.

    And, Marvin, us Bengal’s fans blame you more than anyone for this team’s continued garbage play in big games.

    Different year, different Asst. Coaches, different players, different opponents. Same result. You do the math.

  37. thereyougo2 says: May 30, 2014 7:48 PM

    Good comment vegaskid. Either raise the cap or better yet get rid of GODdel.

  38. dowhatifeellike says: May 30, 2014 7:59 PM

    Every year I look at their roster and expect them to break out, and it just doesn’t happen. Not sure what’s going on in that franchise but something is holding them back.

  39. watermelon1 says: May 30, 2014 8:04 PM

    Well mike zimmer leaving aint gonna help… Should have kept that guy at all costs.

    I don’t anticipate dalton improving being able to make up for the loss of zimmer. Even if Marvin Lewis does have defensive pedigree.

  40. nopepper123 says: May 30, 2014 8:06 PM

    Dalton’s playoff stats: 1 TD, 6 ints, 56.9% comp, 56.2 passer rating.

    Dalton’s Regular season stats: 3 years in the league, 30W’s, 3 playoff appearances.

  41. raqaiw says: May 30, 2014 8:07 PM

    The OWNERS don’t want to raise the cap because that’s more $$ in the player’s pockets and less in theirs. The owners want to LOWER the cap. Goodell is a tool, but he has nothing to do with the cap, or QB salaries.

  42. Stiller43 says: May 30, 2014 8:10 PM

    Cutler doesnt deserve cutler money. 1 td and like 10 picks in the playoffs in 3 tries certainly worth a re-up

  43. youpeopleareallthesame says: May 30, 2014 8:29 PM

    I like Dalton. We finally have a consistent winning team. A playoff win would be nice, but it’s too early to quit on Dalton. That is, unless we miss being perennial 4-12 threats like we were in the 90’s

  44. dalcow4 says: May 30, 2014 8:32 PM

    The Chargers dominated that game on both sides of the ball.

  45. corvetteman6 says: May 30, 2014 8:51 PM

    Marvin was a great defensive coordinator and very soon, will be again.

  46. ajgreenhof says: May 30, 2014 8:57 PM

    He’s right.

  47. pftisfulloftrolls says: May 30, 2014 9:08 PM

    I’d jump on the same train many of the people on here are jumping on and make jokes about Dalton…but the problem is Dalton’s not the only QB Lewis has ever coached. He couldn’t win it with Palmer either and he can’t win it with Dalton. One QB chokes in the playoffs? Blame the QB. Two QBs choke in the playoffs? It might be someone higher up on the chain of command. And I’m not defending Dalton here, I’m not a Bengals fan, I’m just saying that when two QBs choke in the playoffs it might be someone else’s fault.

  48. ncbengalmike says: May 30, 2014 9:18 PM

    Every year I look at their roster and expect them to break out, and it just doesn’t happen. Not sure what’s going on in that franchise but something is holding them back.

    It’s Marvin

  49. theageofquarrel says: May 30, 2014 9:24 PM

    The bottom line is that the Bungles suck. Always have, always will.

  50. ken14andersonforhof says: May 30, 2014 9:27 PM

    Dalton is going to lead a team to the Superbowl and WIN it! and I hope its with our BENGALS!!if not, it will be with one of these NAY SAYERS team…enough said… WHO DEY!!!!!

  51. dcapettini says: May 30, 2014 9:29 PM

    Yeah; and Matt Ryan isn’t responsible for Atlanta’s playoff losses and Tony Romo is clean for Dallas’ last season fades. If these guys don’t really have anything to do with the losses then they wouldn’t be responsible for playoff wins either. If that is true, why do they pay three times more than any other player?

    The Bengals have a very good defense and lots of offensive weapons. Why do you keep losing Marvin? You account for both of Texas’ playoff victories.

  52. rutchaser says: May 30, 2014 10:30 PM

    My blame goes on you mediocre Marv.

  53. goskins7244 says: May 30, 2014 10:49 PM

    Can’t trust a wranga, ask Jonah from tonga.

  54. bornahawker says: May 30, 2014 11:25 PM

    Bengals suck and do do the Browns. Dalton is worth 6-8 mil per year. Interception throwing machine. Pittsburgh and Baltimore have punked Ohio forever. Go State! Lol

  55. craigmaitland says: May 30, 2014 11:44 PM

    Blame Jay Gruden.. Have fun redskins

  56. htown995 says: May 30, 2014 11:45 PM

    Dalton is a lot better Qb than jay butler all butler does is throw ints and not make the playoffs hes closer to tony yomos play they are choke artists

  57. rutchaser says: May 31, 2014 12:23 AM

    This is Marvin’s way of avoiding the fact that a lot of people blame him. How could he even make this comment when he hasn’t even won a playoff game himself without pointing that out. Also Bengalguy, as a fan myself, you are embarrassing. Do you forget our team hasnt won a playoff game in 20 something years???

  58. footballtalk1 says: May 31, 2014 1:40 AM

    My Bologna has a first name, it’s A N D REW My Bologna has a second name, it’s D A L TON

  59. b412 says: May 31, 2014 1:51 AM

    Check and see how many playoff games Peyton Manning, Dan Moreno, and Drew Breeze won in their first three years as a starter, zero. Dalton has had a better first three years than a couple of future Hall of Fame guys and better than any Bengals quarterback, ever. It is stupid to say, based on three playoff losses, that he’s not an excellent quarterback and should be replaced.

  60. stewart09 says: May 31, 2014 3:33 AM

    Hey it’s the life a Qb you get most of the love when you win and you get most of the hate when you lose deal with it, be a true franchise Qb and don’t throw 3 ints in nearly all your playoff games

  61. mutantman87 says: May 31, 2014 3:41 AM

    Literally loyal to a fault.

  62. bonniebengal says: May 31, 2014 6:15 AM

    Dalton had zero time to throw during that game. Kyle Cook was waving everyone in.

  63. bonniebengal says: May 31, 2014 6:21 AM

    Dalton can and will be our franchise QB. He has had bad playoff games, but his regular season stats are phenomenal, and I think he breaks the playoff barrier this year.

    As far as Marvin bringing up Gio’s fumble, he fumbled, and then they seemed to give up on him, and didn’t run much after that. It was insane. Gruden’s play calling was abysmal. Gruden, as a former QB, seems to be calling plays for himself instead of the actual QB.

    Those people saying Marvin will be fired are ridiculous and know nothing about the Bengals. He has done so much to improve the culture of the Bengals, it would be insane to get rid of him. Mike Brown has relinquished some decision making power to Marvin. Starting over with a new coach would be eliminating all that progress. This has been a long journey, taking the Bengals from where they were, a perennial loser with a losing culture, to division winners. The rest of the journey is not complete, but I believe Marvin can and will take us to a Super Bowl win.

  64. bucsorbust says: May 31, 2014 6:57 AM

    Well, he’s better than Romo, and look at what Romo makes…

  65. cwitty63 says: May 31, 2014 6:59 AM

    He will sign but it wont be 18 million a year…No way !

  66. rascalmanny says: May 31, 2014 7:52 AM

    I wish he was with the Titans.

  67. floridahawker says: May 31, 2014 8:30 AM

    Baloney? It worries me that a journalist doesn’t know how to spell bologna right. There is even a song to help you.

    My bologna has a first name it’s O-S-C-A-R!!!!

  68. beattention says: May 31, 2014 8:54 AM

    Sure had to be someones fault. A lack of coaching or a lack of talent.

  69. pillowporkers says: May 31, 2014 10:29 AM

    Marvin, did you watch the game? I saw a defense that was put on the field deep in their own end due to Andy Dalton turnovers two times in the 3rd qtr in crucial situations. They held SD to field goals both times.

  70. notthetroll says: May 31, 2014 11:09 AM

    Clearly all teams that lose in the playoffs or right before can blame Tony Romo.

  71. josiewhales says: May 31, 2014 12:19 PM

    I reluctantly have to agree with unmarvelous Marvin, the whole team sucked/choked, but both OC and DC coaches Zimmer and Gruden had 2 years after the first choke loss to fix the Bengals and failed big time, the Bengals had no O or Dee.
    BTW, the amazing (LOL), and way too over rated AJ Green was a no show for all 3 PO games and his drop of the long bomb pass on his numbers sealed the loss. Even if it was a swipe by the defender, he can’t/ doesn’t fight for the ball ala Calvin Johnson.
    IMO, the team should improve with Gruden the imposter gone, and maybe Guenther will show them how to stop the run, as Zimmer couldn’t/didn’t in ALL 3 PO games ! ! ! !

  72. josiewhales says: May 31, 2014 12:23 PM

    After making 1 comment last week, I still get a message declining anything new, saying I said that before.

  73. dfleek says: May 31, 2014 3:30 PM

    I was excited when the bengals drafted him. But over the years he keeps making the same mistakes over & over. It’s time to grow up or shutup.

  74. namcam2 says: May 31, 2014 5:27 PM

    I just feel bad for AJ Green being stuck in that city

  75. simonator917 says: May 31, 2014 8:09 PM

    What’s a “per raid?”

  76. mdsayre says: Jun 2, 2014 12:13 PM

    Totally agree with Marvin, glad he finally said something defending Dalton. Regardless of what the hang-ups appear to be with him, the bottom line is he’s a top 10 QB in this league easy. The Cutler deal is redickalus, $18m per year is nuts for an injury prone QB. Now Dalton’s deal probably won’t get done, because the Bengals aren’t nuts, they’ll pay what’s fair to keep the team competitive. I’d be surprised if a deal gets done though before the season starts. Maybe AJ at QB next year.

  77. troy43mvp says: Jun 2, 2014 12:55 PM

    ANDY DALTON… Blaming Marvin Lewis for playoff loss is “ACCURATE”

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