SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks on October 30, 2011 at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Andy Dalton spent his Halloween evening with Cincinnati's 700WLW radio hosts Lance McAlister and Dave Lapham. He sat down with the two local personalities and answered questions for roughly thirty minutes. The following is a transcribed excerpt from their interview. The entire audio for the interview can be found here.
DL: "Andy, what's your definition of a leader?"
AD: "Being a leader is getting guys to respond to what you're doing, whatever it takes to win the game and what I've been able to do my entire career and that's what I've been able to do here so far."
LM: "How noisy was it on the field on Sunday?"
AD: "It was really loud. That place is known for being one of the loudest places to play. Communication is the biggest thing and I thought we did a good job of that Sunday."
DL: "A four-game winning streak is contagious and the team seems to be all working together, buying in. You said yesterday was a 'team win'..."
AD: "It is contagious and every game is going to be different. We're just trying to do whatever it takes to win every week."
LM: "We've called this offense the 'equal opportunity offense'. What's it like going to the line and looking to your right and left, knowing what you've got to your usage?"
AD: "We have a lot of talent. It makes my job a lot of fun. It's nice to know that I have all of those guys to work with--it definitely makes my job a lot easier."
LM: "Has the transition (to the NFL) been what you thought?"
AD: "It's kind of what I thought. Coming from a good background at TCU, I felt that I was well-prepared. Getting used to the speed of the game has been something I've been adjusting to and I feel like I've done a good job of that so far."
LM: "What's the marriage been like from the offense you at TCU to the one that Jay Gruden runs here? It seems like a pretty good match..."
AD: "It is. It's very similar to the way we're calling things, the way we're doing things. It's all very similar and it's made my transition smooth."
DL: "At what time at TCU did you feel that you could go on to the next level with this?"
AD: "It's always been a dream of mine. I always felt like I had the talent, it's just a matter of going out there and making it happen. It was later in my career at TCU that I said 'Okay, this is actually going to happen.'"