Lost in the shuffle of today’s loss was the performance of backup left tackle Anthony Collins, who was starting for the first time since the 2011 season, and he filled in admirably. He came into the game looking to show he was more than just backup, as he reportedly asked the coaches not to give him any help against Bears end Julius Peppers and even allow him go one-on-one against one of the league’s fiercest pass-rushers.
By the time the game was over, Andy Dalton had dropped back to throw over 40 times, and Peppers didn’t get a single sack, or even a tackle for that matter.
“He’s a man. A $100 million man, but I’m a man, too,” Collins said.
Despite playing as well as any Bengals lineman, Collins was more concerned about his team’s gut-wrenching loss, and how they plan to rebound from it:
“We got kicked in the (butt). We got kicked in the (butt). We really did,” Collins said. “We let them get in our head. We need to learn from every point. Offense, defense, special teams. Penalties. Everything. We need to learn from this. I’m glad this happened now so we can be straight for the rest of the season. It’s hard not (to retaliate). Especially with all these fines they’re handing out. It’s very hard … but Coach Lew says we have to (play through it).”