Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton clearly took offense to J.J. Watt's postgame interview with ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salter.
"Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder BB Gun and I think we did that today," Watt responded to Salter's question about long-distance third down scenarios.
"He's a great player and they're a great team," Watt added before delving into the more PC version of a postgame interview, with the coaches "putting together a great gameplan", everyone executed, etc...
During his postgame comments with the local media, Dalton expressed disappointment in Watt's comments... Keep in mind, Dalton heard these comments for the FIRST time directly from the media, who are paid to get a reaction from a player less than 20 minutes after the Bengals' perfect record received its first blemish.
"I have a lot of respect for him. He's a really good player," Dalton said after the game. "There's a lot of kids and a lot of people that look up to him. For him to make comments like that, he's just showing that's acceptable to do and say that kind of stuff. It's disappointing for one of the best players in this league to come out and say something like that. I think J.J. is a good player. For him to be one of the best in this league and to show that integrity, it shows what he's about and that's disappointing."
Here's a clip from the press conference:
Our feeling regarding Dalton's comments goes like this: Watt, one of the league's do-no-wrong faces of the NFL, clearly showed a lack of integrity when attempting to denigrate another high-class player during an ESPN interview. Dalton, one of the prime reasons Cincinnati was one of the few undefeated teams entering this week, doesn't deserve that type public shaming.