Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton made an appearance on the Pardon My Take podcast this week, and predictably, it was great. Dalton was a guest for Grit Week, for which the PMT guys have traveled to West Virginia, Ann Arbor, Columbus, Cincinnati and lastly Indianapolis for the Indy500. Along the way, Big Cat and PFT Commenter have interviewed Dalton, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, West Virginia men's basketball coach Bob Huggins and Ravens running back Danny Woodhead, among others.
Dalton met the PMT guys in a random parking lot in Cincinnati and did the interview in a van, which you can see below.
During the interview Dalton discussed the lost luggage from his 2016 family vacation, Steelers week, Cincinnati Chili and much more. The PMT guys actually think there should be a movie made about Dalton’s lost luggage.
“From a blogging perspective, you basically gave me like a full workday, you basically gifted it to me,” Big Cat said of Dalton’s lost bags. “You were just like ‘go find these bags’ and I spent the whole day looking for your bags from my computer in Chicago.”
Dalton also discussed the NFL’s new touchdown celebration rules — he says Marvin Lewis hasn’t talked to the team about them yet — and says he’s never done a touchdown dance before; though, maybe he will this year.
The discussion also turned to the aftermath of the 2015 Bengals vs Texans game when J.J. Watt said Houston’s goal was “to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder BB Gun.” Dalton seemed upset when told about it moments after the loss, but looking back, he says he has nothing against Watt.
“I don’t hate J.J. Watt,” Dalton said when asked his opinions on the Texans All-Pro. “Do I have anything against J.J.? No.”
The PMT guys said they had Dalton’s back when Watt made his “Red Rider B.B. Gun” comments, because they were lame and Watt had clearly planned them. We’d have to agree.
On a funny note, Dalton said he couldn’t confirm that A.J. Green “might have some of the ugliest feet in America”, which PFT Commenter tried to suggest.
The trio also spent a lot of time talking about Dalton’s hair, whether his hair makes him an inspiration to children and if his new hairstyle (circa 2015) makes him more confident—he says it doesn’t. Of course, as is the case in nearly any big-media interview with a Bengals player, Vontaze Burfict was brought up and the guys asked if Dalton is scared of him in practice. He is not.
“Edge, that’s a great way to put it,” Dalton said of what Burfict and Adam Jones bring to the team.
Lastly, Dalton guaranteed the Bengals go 16-0 this season... so there’s that.
Check out the full podcast for a great interview with Dalton.