Pro Football Focus recently sat down for an interview with one of the NFL’s best left-tackles, Andrew Whitworth. The Bengals captain had some interesting things to say about his team, including the moment he realized rookie QB Andy Dalton was becoming the vocal leader this team needed:
And he carries a chip on his shoulder about him. One day at practice I was just joking with him, he dropped a snap and I kinda made a joke about it, how it was his fault, just trying to rile him up a little, and he got livid with me. We’ve spent a lot of time together and we’re very good friends, but he got mad at me, and that to me just reiterated what I thought about him, that he’s such a competitor, you know, that he was mad. He was more mad that it had happened and that he might have done something wrong, so later in the practice he saw me pointing to a guy I wasn’t going to in the protection, and even though I knew who I was blocking, he kinda rattled back at me ‘Hey, make sure you point to the right guy’, and I laughed at him and said “oh ok, that’s how it’s going to be”. That’s how he is; he’s very perceptive and very feisty.
Its nice to hear that even as a rookie, Dalton took it upon himself to become a vocal leader, even with the teams’ best veteran players. That’s the kind of maturity this team has lacked over the years, and its good to see they have leaders who are willing to be vocal.