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CINCINNATI – Sooner or later after sending shock waves all through the Queen Metropolis by telling booing Bengals fans to “go away,” defensive end Michael Johnson stood by his comments Monday and stated he did not remorse making them.
“I used to be asked a query and I attempted to answer it honestly from the center,” Johnson said contained in the Bengals’ locker room. “Anybody who knows me knows that it is genuine. We’re right here to win; we want to win. Simply as bad as it pains people watching the game when we don’t do effectively, it hurts us 10 instances extra.”
I was requested a question and I tried to reply it honestly from the guts. Anybody who is aware of me is aware of that it’s genuine. We’re here to win, we want to win. Simply as dangerous because it pains folks watching the game when we don’t do well, it hurts us 10 instances more.
” - Michael Johnson, standing by feedback on Bengals fans
Those comments came following ones made by Johnson simply after Sunday’s 41-20 victory at home over the Cleveland Browns that touched a nerve amongst Bengals fans. Some on social media sided with him. Many others did not.
“When you’re not believing and being constructive, leave,” Johnson stated while altering after the win. “We don’t want you. As a result of that’s what we’re about round here – staying focused, staying constructive and holding our energy going. Negativity breeds negativity, and we do not try this around here.”
Particularly, he was referring to a sequence late within the first quarter when seemingly hundreds of fans booed Cincinnati’s offense following a third sequence that resulted in a 3-and-out. As quarterback Andy Dalton and the remainder of the Bengals’ offense jogged off the field to offer approach to the punt unit, the plenty made it recognized that they have been restless and offended. A smattering of boos sounded following the earlier Bengals drive, too, when a Dalton move was intercepted by Browns cornerback Joe Haden, who returned the ball 29 yards for a landing that gave Cleveland an early thirteen-0 lead.
Along with the interceptions and stalled drives, the boos additionally seemingly stemmed from Dalton’s play across the previous three weeks. Since posting a 4-zero report by means of his first four video games in October and incomes AFC offensive participant of the month honors, Dalton has been a much completely different player. He’s gone 1-2, tossed eight interceptions and seen his Complete QBR plummet. He hasn’t had a QBR above 20.zero within the final three video games. Sunday’s three.7 was a profession worst.
For perspective, Dalton had QBRs of ninety two.8 and ninety eight.9 within the two video games before his individual slide.
During Sunday’s game, a gaggle of fans in the higher deck of the east stands unfurled a long banner that learn: “Will the real Andy please step up?”
“It simply goes again to if you’re youngsters,” Johnson said Monday. “All people heard that ‘If you do not have anything good to say, don’t say it at all.’ Being at home, I really like enjoying at dwelling. We’re undefeated here this yr. I really like our fans. They usually do a terrific job of being loud and making it robust on the other workforce.
“However that’s who we wish them to make it tough for: the other workforce.”
Left sort out Andrew Whitworth, an eight-year veteran, has been by way of his share of dropping seasons in Cincinnati and is all too familiar with the occasional Paul Brown Stadium boo birds.
“I do not pay attention to that. In case you play offense like we did in the first three series, you are going to get booed,” Whitworth said. “I’ve been here once we have been zero-8. In order that ain’t crap. That ain’t booing. I can bear in mind seeing No. 9 [Carson Palmer] jerseys getting thrown on the field.. on the back of our sideline. So I’ve been around it. That’s Cincinnati. That is a number of the nature here.”
Be that as it may, Johnson hopes this episode will soon be forgotten.
“We’re just priming them for this playoff run,” Johnson stated, laughing while referring to the 7-4 Bengals’ AFC North lead and 5-zero report at home this season. “I am sure we cannot have that problem any more this 12 months, or for the years to come back.”