The Bengals finished the 2013 regular season 11-5 but were handed another first round loss by San Diego.
Set to begin his 12th season as Bengals head coach Lewis is sticking by his quarterback, maybe because he knows its his only hope going forward.
“He’s won big games for us and he’ll continue to win big games. We ask a lot out of him, there’s no doubt about it. He just finished his third season of doing it. I believe in his abilities, I believe in his makeup, I believe in his maturity and I believe in his ability to let the last play go and move on to the next play. That’s probably one of his best attributes along with his abilities,” Lewis told Bengals.com. “He had another very good season. He’s progressed well. We need to continue to do things to make his job just easier and easier to do, and make sure to continue to be repetitive with what we do for him, and continue to let the players around him continue to get better, and they continue to get better and that’s all we have to work at.”
Likewise Dalton defended his abilities and threw support behind his head coach.
“I think everybody knows what I’ve been able to do here, what we’ve been able to do since I’ve been here as a team. And so I think I’ve got a lot of confidence in the stuff Marvin has been telling me. I expect to be here for a long time. I’m hoping that is the case. I’ve got a good relationship with Marvin; he’s been telling me a lot of good stuff. Yeah, it’s unfortunate that we lost but we’ve been able to improve every year that I’ve been here.”