One day after Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Andy Dalton needs to step up and be more of a leader, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said he was unaware of the remarks but thinks his quarterback is doing a solid job in that regard.
“There are different types of people in the world,” Gruden said. “Some people are more assertive, some are more aggressive, some are quiet by nature. You can’t force the guy to be a vocal guy if he’s not a vocal guy. You can’t be somebody you are not.
“He’s a different guy, and I know that the offense knows who is in charge of the offense. It’s Andy,” Gruden continued. “He’s in control. He may not yell at people or cuss anybody out but that doesn’t mean he’s not an effective leader. When we are winning, everybody is happy with the way he leads.”
Gruden went on to say that leadership, like responsibility, should be shared.
“I think we have to demand more of each other all the time, not accept 3-4,” he said in reference to the team’s record. “Not accept an average play, a poor route, a dropped ball, bad tempo. We all have to step on the gas a little bit and expect more. If I let that creep into the building offensively, then I am the one who should be shaken up a little bit. I have tried to keep a steady approach, and I don’t think effort is an issue. But if it is, then other players can step up and take the leadership role as well as Andy.”
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has never lost to the Bengals, compiling a 7-0 record and 106.9 passer rating.
He has completed 154 of 237 passes (65 percent) for an average of 261 yards per game with 17 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Manning’s most recent game against the Bengals was Nov. 14, 2010, when he went 20 of 36 for 185 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in a 23-17 win in Indianapolis.
His last visit to Cincinnati was Nov. 20, 2005, when he was 24 of 40 for 365 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 45-37 Colts win.
In his seven games vs. the Bengals, Manning has a 107.8 passer rating and is 154 of 235 for 1,827 yards with 17 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has faced Manning six times during his stops in Dallas, Atlanta and Cincinnati, going 1-5 against the future Hall of Famer in those meetings.
The most recent meeting was in 2010 when when Manning led the Colts to a 23-17 victory against the Bengals in Indianapolis despite completing only 20 of 36 passes for 185 yards with no touchdowns.
The only time Zimmer got the best of Manning was in 2006, when the Cowboys scored a 21-14 victory against a Colts team that would go on to win the Super Bowl.
In six games against Zimmer-coached teams, Manning is 139 of 211 for 1,553 yards with 11 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 97.1 passer rating.
The Bengals announced Thursday that Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos has passed the threshold to be televised locally, although a few tickets – from visiting-team returns and in obstructed-view areas – remain available.
It’s the team’s fifth consecutive sellout, dating back to the 2011 season finale against Baltimore.
A wider range of tickets in all three stadium levels remain available for the Nov. 11 home game at 1 p.m. against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
The Denver Broncos roster features a pair of Dayton natives in safety David Bruton and wide receiver Greg Orton.
Bruton (Miamisburg High School) is in his fourth season in Denver after being drafted in the fourth round of Notre Dame in 2009. A starter on special teams, Bruton has two tackles this season.
Orton (Wayne) is a first-year player who signed with the Broncos as an undrafted college free agent out of Purdue in 2011. He spent the 2009 preseason with the Bengals and currently is on Denver’s practice squad.
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