Marvin Lewis takes praise of Andy Dalton to another level

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Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis talks to his quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Browns beat the Bengals 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

 

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has heard all the criticism of his quarterback over the past month, and while Andy Dalton hasn’t played like a franchise QB for much of this year, Lewis sounded like he’s committed to Dalton leading this team for the long-term in his meeting with the media today:

“As I told him, it’s his football team,” Lewis said on Monday. “And he’s doing well. He’s directing our football team. We’re in a good spot and we have to keep going.”

 

Lewis took it a step further with his defense of Dalton in pointing out how he’s won more than former Bengals QB Carson Palmer:

I don’t know if his predecessor has won these kind of games week in and week out,” Lewis said. “That’s important all the time. The ultimate goal we all have is to win the football game.”

 

While Dalton has certainly won more and been to the playoffs as many times as Palmer, it’s hard to compare Dalton to Palmer at his best.

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  • Ron Fulton

    Why is Lewis praising Dalton now? It is evident Gruden does not trust him to throw deep in his own territory. 3 runs and a punt. Your not going to run the clock that way. He throws for over 300 yards, yet only 2 were over 15 yards. It’s the yards after the catch that padded his stats. A guy throws a 1 yard pass and the receiver runs 99 yards for a TD and he is credited for a TD pass. States should be changed. A TD pass is a completed pass in the end zone.