With the Carson Palmer era at an end, the Bengals devoted plenty of time in trying to find their next quarterback. Whether Andy Dalton will be the starter when the season opens Sept. 11 in Cleveland remains to be seen. If it happened, it would mark the first time since 1969 that the Bengals have had a rookie start the opener.
“I feel like I’m a leader. I know how to push guys; I know what it takes to push guys,” Dalton said. “I’m excited to come in, learn the different personalities of everybody there, get on the same page with everybody, and just get to work.”
Gruden asked Dalton at the Combine if he was ready to come in and start quickly. Dalton’s response to him was, “I’m ready now, let’s go.”