Let us put his ability as a quarterback aside. Additionally, many Bengals fans have a problem with his vague language and refusal to shoulder the blame for his team's postseason failures.
But in recent days, Dalton has opened up more, showing perhaps a new side. He recently claimed that he is the face of the franchise. And in this article, Dalton comes across as being greatly confident that the Bengals will not try to pressure him this year, saying:
"There's been a lot of talk that they're going to draft another
quarterback, but they're not bringing in another quarterback to
replace me. From everything they've told me they're not
bringing in anybody to compete. So I'm not worried about it."
He also does not believe that the draft will affect his status as the starter:
"I read something where we never drafted a quarterback to be the
backup. I heard it's been a long time since we've done
that. But that's kind of what they're planning on doing."
And here, according to Coley Harvey, Dalton had a sense of humor about the quarterbacks to whom he might be compared. Harvey writes:
The Dalton who addressed reporters for nearly 20 minutes in his corner
locker Monday was far from the same man who typically offers cliche
after tired cliche in news conferences. He was at times feisty. At
others, a little defensive. He also was occasionally quirky and
actually kind of funny. During one exchange with a reporter who asked
which quarterback Dalton felt he best compared to, Dalton paused and
started counting on his fingers.
"Let's see here, [Joe] Flacco, [Aaron] Rodgers, [Drew] Brees and who
else? Oh, yeah, Matt Ryan," Dalton said, laughing. "All those top
Each of those quarterbacks makes more than $20 million per year.
Dalton will finish his four-year, $5.2 million rookie contract making
about $1.7 million this year.
In fact, Harvey was glad to hear Dalton taking some of the blame, though Dalton was only slightly more accepting of his role in the loss, saying, "we had chances."
Do the above statements bother you as much as Dalton's play? Does he come across as being complacent and (in the last excerpt) greedy?