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Andy Dalton and Hue Jackson: Cincinnati Bengals' odd couple -
On a mid-June morning at Paul Brown Stadium, Andy Dalton sits attentively at the start of a quarterbacks meeting, softly reciting a polysyllabic play call while watching tape of his perfectly timed sideline throw to star wideout A.J. Green from the Bengals' practice the previous afternoon. It's a sequence that speaks volumes about the polarizing fourth-year pro's poise, maturity and mastery of the Cincinnati offense, yet the man in charge of the attack would like Dalton to pump up the noise.

Bengals | A.J. Green wants Andy Dalton to stay - NFL Hot off the Wire
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he wants QB Andy Dalton to remain with the team for years to come. "We came in together and that is the great thing for me and him," Green said. "I know he's my guy. I don't want any other quarterback throwing me the ball. I think he feels the same way about me." Green said he has built a good chemistry with Dalton over the last several seasons.

Bengals' biggest key to success - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
So much of the Bengals' immediate future hinges on what happens at the quarterback position, either later this offseason or during or after this coming regular season. For now, Andy Dalton remains the starting quarterback, even while the team tries to negotiate a contract extension with him and his agent. Little ground has been covered in the talks. It is becoming apparent that the more time passes without a new deal the more Dalton may be content playing out the 2014 season and trying to do enough to earn a second-contract salary that competes with the league's elite passers.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green says he only wants quarterback Andy Dalton throwing him the ball - NFL -

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green said during an appearance on NFL Network that current Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is the only QB he wants to catch passes from.

Lions Turning Point #5: Sam Martin's Shank Helps Bengals

Call it a curse, misfortune, bad luck or simply constantly finding a way to steal defeat from the jaws of victory, the Detroit Lions have made a franchise habit of making bizarre plays at the end of games which lead in losing. In 2013, though there is certainly a few options to choose from, no one play may have summed this idea up quite like rookie punter Sam Martin’s late, phantom shank against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Crabtree on Sherman: I don’t talk, I concentrate on football | ProFootballTalk

Michael Crabtree will not engage with Richard Sherman until their teams meet on the field. Crabtree, the 49ers wide receiver who has a long history with Sherman, declined to get into it when he was asked this week about Sherman's recent comments about his personal animosity toward Crabtree.