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A.J. Green: I only want to catch passes from Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton, A.J. Green AP

Quarterback Andy Dalton’s quest for a new contract has been a frequent topic of conversation during the Bengals’ offseason and plenty of people have weighed in with opinions on what the team should do with a player that has gotten them to the playoffs in all three of his NFL seasons without winning a game during any of the trips.

Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has been one of Dalton’s loudest supporters, saying that he’s seen the quarterback improve continually since joining the Bengals and going as far as calling Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green the best quarterback-wide receiver combination in the entire league. Those comments didn’t get Dalton the contract he wants, but perhaps the words of the receiver half of that combo will move the needle a bit.

“We came in together and that is the great thing for me and him,” Green said on NFL Network. “I know he’s my guy. I don’t want any other quarterback throwing me the ball. I think he feels the same way about me.”

Green is under contract through next season after the Bengals exercised their option for a fifth year on his rookie contract and the Bengals will likely want to extend the stay of one of the league’s top receivers beyond that point. Keeping a quarterback who Green likes playing with would probably help them do that, but Green’s opinion alone probably won’t be enough to get the deal done. Dalton hasn’t totally convinced the skeptics in Cincinnati and his best chance of doing that will come on the field rather than from the endorsements of others.

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62 Responses to “A.J. Green: I only want to catch passes from Andy Dalton”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Jul 10, 2014 2:47 PM

    “He completes (to) me.”

  2. r8rsfan says: Jul 10, 2014 2:50 PM

    Andy Dalton is the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL.

  3. bengalsfan20 says: Jul 10, 2014 2:51 PM

    Well AJ tell Dalton he better start playing better or you might get a new qb in the near future. I think the Bengals defense have broken backs from carrying the offense all year last year.

  4. wallydippins says: Jul 10, 2014 2:55 PM

    Please sign him to a long term contract Mike Brown!

    Signed,
    The rest of the AFC North

  5. iloveagoodnap says: Jul 10, 2014 2:56 PM

    As a Bengals fan my ONLY 2 knocks on Andy are a moderate problem with consistency (which showed improvement last year), and his ability to win the playoff game. Andy wins a couple playoff games this year, I’m sold on him. The guy quite clearly has a chemistry with AJ. He brought them to the playoffs 3 years in a row- something NO ONE else on the Bengals has ever done. Ever.

  6. iloveagoodnap says: Jul 10, 2014 2:58 PM

    wallydippins says: Jul 10, 2014 2:55 PM

    Please sign him to a long term contract Mike Brown!

    Signed,
    The rest of the AFC North
    ……………..
    Wait, do you mean the Ravens, Steelers & Browns, who all missed the playoffs last year? While the Bengals (behind Dalton) won that division? That AFC North?

    Just checking.

  7. hakunamangata says: Jul 10, 2014 2:58 PM

    So do the defensive backs.

  8. micknangold says: Jul 10, 2014 3:01 PM

    “Please sign him to a long term contract Mike Brown!

    Signed,
    The rest of the AFC North”

    People need to stop making posts like these. They aren’t funny and never have been. Painfully lame.

  9. skum01 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:01 PM

    Bromance.

  10. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 10, 2014 3:02 PM

    Can’t wait for the Terrell Owens-esque “that’s my quarterback” impression from AJ at seasons end.

    Dalton is just “a guy.”

    Not completely awful, not great. Just Chad Pennington without pigment.

  11. westandwest3805 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:05 PM

    @Wally Dippins- Which team won the AFC North last year and has gone 30-18 in the last 3 years and has had all playoff seasons?….. Da Bengals. Dalton to Green is about to go to another level.

  12. micknangold says: Jul 10, 2014 3:06 PM

    Oh so all it would take for you to like Andy Dalton long-term is for him to win a couple of playoff games a year? So unless you get to the AFC Championship or Super Bowl every single year you won’t be satisfied? Well, at least you’re realistic.

  13. bengalskuta82 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:07 PM

    Please sign him to a long term contract Mike Brown!

    Signed,
    The rest of the AFC North
    ……………..
    Wait, do you mean the Ravens, Steelers & Browns, who all missed the playoffs last year? While the Bengals (behind Dalton) won that division? That AFC North?

    Just checking.
    ——————————————–
    LOL!! Thats a very very good one

  14. cornerstone2001 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:08 PM

    …then A.J. u better stay within 5 yards of Andy during each play

  15. nyking1963 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:10 PM

    It’s amazing how perception has leap-frogged reality when it comes to Andy Dalton.
    I did a statistical comparison a couple of weeks ago showing Dalton’s first 3 years as compared to Peyton Manning including playoffs. They were eerily similar in every major category that a QB is graded on.
    The 4th year is when Manning stepped it up big time including in the playoffs. This is Dalton’s 4th year coming up. I see no reason why he shouldn’t be afforded the same leeway as Manning was given.

  16. bridgeh20mvp says: Jul 10, 2014 3:11 PM

    Dalton is Exactly where a 2nd round pick should be development wise… He is solid and continually is getting better…

  17. steelerben says: Jul 10, 2014 3:13 PM

    I wonder if he’d say the same thing if he was offered an enormous contract to catch passes from Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck.

  18. footballfan84 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:18 PM

    Thats because he’s yet to catch a pass from Aaron Rodgers.

  19. pillowporkers says: Jul 10, 2014 3:19 PM

    That’s my Quarterback!

  20. channer81 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:20 PM

    The right of passage for high level QB’s is going through the kind of criticism Dalton is going through with his lack of playoff success and production. All of the elite ones go through it, few are like the Tom Bradys and Big Bens who saw immediate success very early in their careers, and it had a lot more to do with the teams surrounding them at that time than their individual performance. Dalton will hopefully get better and Cincy will eventually see some playoff success. How long did it take Peyton to win a Playoff game till he was pushing his late 20′s?

  21. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 10, 2014 3:21 PM

    “Painfully lame.”

    Agreed. But consider, we are talking about Stillers and Brownies here…

  22. ty46 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:26 PM

    nyking1963

    What leeway did Manning get? He was always and will always be blasted. It’s time Dalton and Matty Ice get their big-moment adjectives.

  23. clashpoint says: Jul 10, 2014 3:26 PM

    Andy Dalton’s hands make Teddy Bridgewaters’ hands look like Wilt Chamberlain’s hands.

  24. csbanter says: Jul 10, 2014 3:29 PM

    Bengal fans should be thankful for Dalton. Since the 80′s only Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason and Dalton have been good in Cincinnati.

  25. bringin1234 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:33 PM

    could be worse…… he could have Rex Grossman throwing him passes…. or Kyle Orton’s neck beard

  26. wharfrat2112 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:35 PM

    he’s like a guy who’s only had 1 girlfriend…….she’s awesome …until you can check the field and realize that you could do SO MUCH BETTER….

  27. bengal4life says: Jul 10, 2014 3:40 PM

    He hasn’t played very well in any of the playoff games but the play calling was abysmal too.

    Andy will get a new contract. His arm strength is not that bad. He consistently threw 40 yard TD’s. Just not 60 yarders. There’s very few QB’s that can do that as it is. Mind you he broke Palmer’s team records in TD’s and passing yards. Palmer never won a playoff game either but got that huge contract.

  28. largent80100 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:41 PM

    AJ Green wonderlic score is 10. So, that’s expected.

    If Mo Claiborne (wonderlic score 4) was a WR he would choose his teammate Brandon Weeden to be his QB.

  29. 52lightsxout52 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:41 PM

    Dalton is going to get better as long as the Bengals are patient with his development, continue to provide him with more weapons/offensive line help, and continued stability in the coaching staff. I watched him take apart my Wisconsin Badgers in a bowl game and I don’t doubt his ability…

  30. reed20fence says: Jul 10, 2014 3:42 PM

    So serious Ravens fan would disrespect Dalton. That kid is a beast that shouldn’t be poked.

  31. wryly1 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:44 PM

    Bengals owner and GM do not seem impressed enough to do a big long term deal with Dalton. Can’t blame them. He’s ok, but nothing special. Yes, Bengals have made the playoffs, but it would not be true or accurate to say Dalton led or took them there.

  32. nyking1963 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:49 PM

    ty46 ,

    Manning was never called a bust after his first 3 years. I sure don’t recall the media and fans screaming for Indy to find another QB.

  33. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 10, 2014 3:52 PM

    A.J. You stick with Andy and retire with a bunch of tee shirts, but no rings. Anxious Andy will never win a playoff game with Marvin as coach so sorry AJ !

  34. donmcg2012 says: Jul 10, 2014 3:56 PM

    “”People need to stop making posts like these. They aren’t funny and never have been. Painfully lame.””

    Summer vacation for the kids, they get bored.

    Anyway as Browns fan I’d love to have an Andy Dalton type. He wins, and he seems intelligent. He’s lucky to not have been on a qb carrousel team like the Browns have been since 1999. With that said, this is a pivotal year for him. I have to root against him for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t mean I can’t respect his talent.

  35. baddegg says: Jul 10, 2014 3:57 PM

    Geeze…get a room already.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that. ;-)

  36. dcapettini says: Jul 10, 2014 4:05 PM

    Win some playoff games and then brag on Howdy Doody.

  37. jkampel20 says: Jul 10, 2014 4:14 PM

    All these comments about Green being underutilized due to Dalton…. Green had just as good (if not better) numbers than Calvin Johnson last year.

    This is fact, based upon their numbers…. Look it up if you don’t believe me.

  38. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 10, 2014 4:28 PM

    Don’t be impatient AJ it took JumpBallJoe Flaccid five tries to get to and win a SB. If that dude could lead his team you should be able too.

  39. seabassfan says: Jul 10, 2014 4:37 PM

    Green would have at least 5 more TD’s and probably a couple hundred more yards if Dalton could hit him in stride. Usually AJ has to stop and on occasion has had to run back to the ball. Green with a better QB is a HoF lock. Dalton without Green is mediocre at best.

  40. rutchaser says: Jul 10, 2014 4:42 PM

    Why is it always about Andy Dalton not winning a playoff game? Let’s talk a little more about Marvin not winning one after what, 11 years?? Marvin has had several extensions so I’d say Andy should get one and some more time.

  41. uglydingo says: Jul 10, 2014 4:50 PM

    I don’t want to overstate this but Andy is perhaps the best ginger headed QB in the NFL.

  42. bullcharger says: Jul 10, 2014 4:56 PM

    The full quote probably went something like this:

    “I know he’s my guy. I don’t want any other quarterback throwing me the ball. I think he feels the same way about me. Now if you get me Manning, Brady, Brees, Luck, Kaepernick, Wilson, Rivers, Flacco, Roethelisberger or Eli then maybe I could be convince to change my mind.”

  43. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jul 10, 2014 6:04 PM

    Did anyone check him for concussions?

  44. nbooat says: Jul 10, 2014 6:33 PM

    Andy Dalton is the most underrated QB in league…More td’s (33) than Brady, Rivers, Wilson, Luck, Ben, Cam, Flacco, RG III, Stafford Ryan, etc (everyone except Peyton and Brees).
    4,293 yds and a higher qb rating than Brady…Most importantly 11 wins, won AFC North and three straight trips to the playoffs.

  45. iamdinguskhan says: Jul 10, 2014 6:42 PM

    AJ was last seen standing outside Andy’s window in a trench coat holding up a radio playing corny 80s love songs….

  46. joetoronto says: Jul 10, 2014 7:17 PM

    It’s quite apparent by now that Bungals fans are content with mediocrity and some meaningless stats.

    Andy Dalton, SMH.

  47. barbasol11111111 says: Jul 10, 2014 8:12 PM

    I feel for him/Bengals fans because it was always the same thing with Flacco, talented roster with questionable qb

    I have to say tho Flacco didn’t have the wrs or the oc Dalton has had, I think gruden always did a good job of playing to his strengths

  48. bucsorbust says: Jul 10, 2014 8:25 PM

    What? A.J. Green only wants to catch passes from Dalton? That’s easy. Make him a CB on the opposing team…live the dream.

  49. gopats413 says: Jul 10, 2014 9:13 PM

    If you look at the stats from last year, Andy Dalton did outplay Tom Brady in almost every stat possible….And Brady got an MVP vote, so Dalton must be very good.

  50. campcouch says: Jul 10, 2014 9:40 PM

    Remember when Matt Ryan went 3 years without a playoff win. The experts still called him a fantastic talent waiting for his team to step up. Dalton for some reason doesn’t get that pass. Third year QB that has taken his team to the playoffs each year. I think he deserves some credit.

  51. bradyisyourdaddy says: Jul 10, 2014 9:47 PM

    westandwest3805 says:
    Jul 10, 2014 3:05 PM
    @Wally Dippins- Which team won the AFC North last year and has gone 30-18 in the last 3 years and has had all playoff seasons?….. Da Bengals. Dalton to Green is about to go to another level.

    Play it out one step further… How many playoff wins?

    (LOL)

  52. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 10, 2014 10:11 PM

    You’ll have to compromise a bit AJ – some of them will be passes, but a good number will be ducks.

  53. snaponrules says: Jul 10, 2014 11:14 PM

    I still laugh out loud every time they do a replay by the homer radio announcer calling him the “red rifle”

    The kid has a mediocre arm at best. If you rated the 32 qb’s by arm strength this kid wouldn’t even be in the middle of the pack. He would be above the Nordic rifle christen ponder and a couple others.

  54. bighomiemathews24 says: Jul 10, 2014 11:40 PM

    Why is everone so hard on andy ? Im not a bengals fan by any means but did everyone suddenly forget it took matt ryan 4 years to win a playoff game ? Give the poor guy a break

  55. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 10, 2014 11:49 PM

    Yeah, Dalton needs to be canned.

    All he has ever done is start every game of his career so far, lead the team to a winning record every year, get into the playoffs for three years straight (a franchise first), work hard to fix his shortcomings in every offseason, be a positive locker room influence, and shrug off every hater by not blowing up in the media.

    What a bum.

  56. bonniebengal says: Jul 11, 2014 7:28 AM

    This just makes me like AJ even more. He handles himself with class and supports his QB.

  57. gmarsteller says: Jul 11, 2014 7:52 AM

    @westandwest3805
    So the Bengals have gone to the playoffs the last three years. Boy, that is swell. Unfortunately, they lost all three. That just makes them, well, the Chiefs. If that’s the bar set for success in the NFL, good on ya! For me, I want Super Bowl vistories (or at least playoff wins).

  58. patriotsarespygaters says: Jul 11, 2014 8:05 AM

    Is andy holding a pistol to his head

  59. Ed Bandell says: Jul 11, 2014 9:05 AM

    Carson Palmer wasn’t any good in Cincy? Those poor Palmer led Bengals had absolutely no defense in those days.

    Of Cincy’s 5 losses last year, three of them came again the AFC North, 1-1 against the Browns, 1-1 against the Ravens, 1-1 vs Steelers. The other losses came from The Bears and The Dolphins….then the San Diego Chargers in the Wild Card playoff game.

    I am a Ravens fan and there is nothing wrong with Dalton and Cincy. They have really come on the last few years and you know it will always be a tough game. If Cleveland could ever get their act together again this division would be a lot of fun. As it stands there are 3 teams that duke it out every year and each one has a chance to take it every season….one of the best divisions in football.

  60. Canton Bulldogs says: Jul 11, 2014 9:20 AM

    I’m a Ravens fan and while the Steelers fans drone on about their return to dominance with youth after drafting a few new guys the Bengals concern me the most in the division. It is a very young team across the board with talent and if the cap does indeed continue to rise as projected they will be able to pick and choose the talent to keep when the rookie contracts are up. Nearly every pre season power ranking has them the highest in the AFCN and well above the next AFCN team. Bengals have something nice going on and it scares me as a fan of a team that has to play them twice a year.

  61. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 11, 2014 1:39 PM

    “It’s quite apparent by now that Bungals fans are content with mediocrity and some meaningless stats.”

    That would be a good one if mediocrity weren’t something your team aspired to.

    Oakland, SMH.

  62. evansvc says: Jul 12, 2014 10:05 AM

    What would it hurt to take a look at Vince Young…..
    (NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    He can help a team…even if it’s only to upgrade the team’s quarterback pool…

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