A Lighthearted Night With Andy Dalton
By Mel Payne
September 23, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) reacts with team mates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Bengals defeated the Redskins 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
Fan: Is this the most solid receiving core you have worked with in your career?
Andy: Yeah, of course it is. We have got so much talent at receiver and it is fun. It is fun to have all of the guys that we got.
Fan: Are you a Reds fan?
Andy: I am a Reds fan.
Fan: When you threw the pass to Andrew Hawkins, did you know it was going to be a touchdown?
Andy: I thought so. It was funny, though, because their video board in the stadium was pretty low and he said it was the first time he was ever watching the video board while running for the touchdown. He said he saw the guy behind him dive so he knew to kind of kick his foot up.
Fan: How do you feel about BenJarvus Green-Ellis so far?
Andy: He’s been great for us. He gets those tough yards. He is really good in protection, so great pick up by us.
Fan: Do you think the Defense has what it takes to make big plays in the NFL?
Andy: I think we need to play a little bit better. But, no, we are good enough to win games. That’s all that matters. Whether it be 3-2 or 38-31.
MC: How is your relationship with Jay Gruden?
Andy: Jay and I have a great relationship. We have had it since the first day that I got here. It makes it a lot easier going in. There is a lot of give and take, a lot of me suggesting things, and him coming up to me and asking what I want. I think it really shows offensively with what we have been able to do.
Fan: In your downtime, who do you hang out with most on the team?
Andy: I hang out with the quarterbacks a lot, Andrew Whitworth, Brian Leonard, the kickers too.
Fan: How do you feel about Carson Palmer coming to Cincinnati?
Andy: I am going to go and shake his hand and say, “Thank you!”
I think everyone in Cincinnati would like to thank Carson Palmer. If we would not have quit on the team, we may have never made it back to the playoffs, been as exciting of an offense as we are now, or found a true gem in second year quarterback Andy Dalton.
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