Stripehype Interview: Kevin Zeitler

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VM: You said last time that your biggest weakness was your hands. How much did you work on that, and do you still feel like it’s your biggest weakness?

I worked very hard during OTAs and throughout the season on hand placement. I feel that I have gotten better with it, but there is always room for improvement

VM: You received a lot of praise all season long from both fans and the media. Do you pay any attention to that stuff, either good or bad?

It’s fun to hear sometimes, but I try not to take it seriously or believe it. I know how to judge my play by watching film and that’s what I pay attention to.

VM: Offensive linemen don’t always get any attention unless they mess up. When BenJarvus Green-Ellis or Andy Dalton get recognition, do you take that as a compliment to you?

Yes. I feel like the O-line takes it as a compliment. We’re vital to an offense running smoothly. So long as everything is working, we know we are doing our jobs well.

VM: Was there any particular player you faced this season that you felt like you struggled with in particular (Geno Atkins excluded)?

Geno was definitely the defensive tackle I struggled with the most, but since he doesn’t count, I’d say Haloti Ngata in the first game.

VM: The Bengals had a bad stretch of games early in the year, then went on an amazing run to make the playoffs. What do you think sparked the turnaround?

I feel like the Broncos game was when things started to turn around. Our offense started clicking in the third quarter, and even though we did not win, I felt that we started to get back on track.

VM: The Bengals have been a ridiculed franchise for a long time. How does it feel to be a part of the group that is turning perception around?

The Bengals have had a rough reputation in the past, but all I’ve known since I’ve been here is making the playoffs. The past can’t matter to us anymore. The culture is changing and it feels great to be a part of it.

 

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