The Cincinnati Bengals are 0-7.
It’s been tough for an organization and fan base that hoped for the best after they thought they rid themselves of the original problem, Marvin Lewis. Turns out the issues ran far deeper than one coach.
Injury-prone receivers, a pitiful offensive line, and a secondary and front also unable to make plays, Cincinnati’s season has not gone as fans expected or rather just hoped. But, against the Jaguars in Week 7, they may have hit a season-low.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Bengals were up 10-9. Capped off by a pick six and then a field goals just minutes later, the Jags put up 18 unanswered points, ending Cincinnati’s chances.
Although a late touchdown narrowed the gap, the game was already gone.
This game, to the Bengals’ fanbase, was on Andy Dalton. He threw three interceptions, one which was taken back for theoretically a game-ending touchdown. It wasn’t just the one though.
With 4:18 left, Dalton threw the pick taken to the house. On the very next offensive play, he threw another pick, with 4:10 to go. Fans are calling for Dalton to be benched, but A.J. Green knows the veteran quarterback will and can weather the storm.
“Andy’s a strong guy. He knows what he means to this team, he’ll be fine. The worst situation brings out who you really are. That shows who’s really here for football.”
Green also knows what his role is as the team is struggling.
“If it’s not, it’s going to show. For me it’s just keep pushing, keep encouraging them. For myself, no matter what the record is I’ll work my butt off to get back on the field. That’s who I am as a person. I’m going to keep working and hoping they just look at what I’m doing trying to get back out there.”
In a contract year, Green has everything to lose by potentially rushing himself back, and he knows that. For now, he’s going to get to full strength and give his support, even if that means standing by his long-time quarterback.