Last night was another excruciating loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and now going into the bye-week, the Bengals will have plenty of time to reflect on last night, as well as the season as a whole, and decide how hard they are prepared to work and and press on as the 2012 season is now at the mid-point.
Andy Dalton revealed what happened on the game-changing interception near the end of the first-half with the Bengals driving and looking to go up two scores, and what lead to the offenses’ second-half struggles:
I was trying to hold the ball back. The guy jumped the route, and it slipped out of my hand. Unfortunate play. We were executing the plays very well. Later in the game, it wasn’t clicking the way it should have. We have to find ways to keep getting first downs, keep running the ball and keep completing passes. There were too many errors in the passing game today.
A.J. Green on being held to one 8-yard catch for a touchdown:
It’s real frustrating. You put in so much work in practice and not getting the results in games. It happens. They did a great job taking me away from the game plan. That’s what it is. They have a great team to beat and that’s what great coaches do, take me away. There’s nothing we can do about it now.
Marvin Lewis Knows Second-Half Failures have to Stop:
Our failure to finish off the game — we scored three points in the second half and didn’t get off the field enough on third down defensively — was the difference in the game. We didn’t convert any of the third downs in the second half, other than the first drive. We’re not making enough plays consistently to win. We got off to a good start, but we have to keep doing it. Defensively we’re doing good things at times, but we allowed a couple of completions which ended up keeping their (Steelers) drive alive. It’s a disappointed team, but it is where we are right now. We have an opportunity to regroup and move forward.
Leon Hall on what the team needs to correct in order to bounce back from three-straight losses:
It’s going to be tough to sleep. At the end of the day, we’ve lost three in a row and we’re in a tough spot. We have a bye week followed by some home games. We have to make the corrections and keep on going. We need to find out what’s keeping us from winning games in the second half. We have the bye week to self-reflect, which is always good. Yes, it will be uphill from here on. The schedule doesn’t get any easier. Hopefully we will come out of the bye week playing well after making the corrections we need to make.