Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis appeared on ESPN's NFL Insiders show. Here's a transcript of that interview:
On Andy Dalton:
"He's done a really good job of continuing to manage the offense, to get us in the right plays and obviously when we choose to throw it. He's delivered the ball accurately, moved the ball around to the open receiver, and done a nice job."
Why is this team better than other teams with early season success?
"You want to have early season success and to just keep it going. I hope we keep it going. We've got a lot of experience at that and we just have to keep going and take them one football game at a time, put our head down and keep chopping wood."
On building depth:
"We've come to build a football team that competes well in our division. We know how physical this division is with Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cleveland. We got our work cut out for us. We need big strong man and we've gone about it trying to find them and build them that way from the ground up."
Is this one of the best skill position players you've ever had?
"I think we have a great group of guys. We have a strong group of receivers. Our tight ends are great and are all good inline blockers, as well as receivers with the football. And our backs can do everything that way. We're talented there right now and our offensive line is playing very, very well. We feel good about it."
How would you describe how the running backs have performed this season?
"We've tried getting Jeremy (Hill) off and going and we took a hard look on how we gained the yardage last year with Jeremy and make sure we don't forget what we did last year to be successful. Secondly, with (Giovani Bernard) we continue to get him the opportunity to touch the football because he does such a great job of making people miss. Tighten things down. Keep Jeremy on track and tighten him down on some of his running tracks, and so forth. He got off to a good, positive start yesterday and yesterday was a good game to put under his belt. We got to keep building and adding upon that as we move forward."
On facing the Seahawks.
"I would imagine Marshawn Lynch will be back when we play them, whether he plays tonight (on Monday Night Football) or not, I'm not sure. The things they do offensively, they've got great weapons and we've got to do a really good job on (Russell Wilson) and you flip it around on the defense and the pressure they can get up front with (Michael Bennett) and the rest of their guys up front. They do a great job and their linebackers are so athletic. They got a secondary that does a great job at both tackling and covering. We have our work cut out for us and obviously they added a great returner in (Tyler Lockett) this year in the draft. All three phases, they're very strong."