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07/17/2013

Where Andy Dalton took out his teammates in FW & the throw that bugs him

20120107_TexansPlayoffs_BTC_35-600x386Former TCU & current Cincy Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton makes his offseason home in Fort Worth, and two weeks ago he had as his guests six Bengals wide receivers and all of their quarterbacks to his house.

The idea was to workout before the start of Bengals training camp, and work in a bonding experience of sorts. They all worked out together at TCU before, essentially, having fun around Fort Worth and at Dalton's home.

"There is a trust factor you build in," Dalton told me. "You understand the personality of the guys and what they respond to. It's good to hang out and not just talk football."

The more pressing question is - where does Andy Dalton entertain a bunch of his Bengals teammates when they come to Fort Worth. His answer:

1.) His house. They played Pop A Shot, and swam at his house where his wife made lunch for them all.
2.) The Woodshed. The Tim Love place on the Trinity River has become a massive hit.
3.) Joe T Garcia's. Because no one can apparently not take out of town guests to this place. 

I also asked him was if one particular play still bothers him from the 2012 season - at Houston, in the AFC wildcard game on Jan. 5. The Bengals trailed late, but Dalton had wide receiver A.J. Green open for what would have been a touchdown that would have given them a lead. Dalton's throw was just long, and the Bengals lost.

"No doubt; I've seen that play a bunch of times," Dalton said. "I do think back to that what could I have done different. If I don’t throw it quite as far and it's completely different. It's something I look at what can I do better. You have to move on from it. You can let it haunt you, or say, 'Hey I missed that one I have to hit this next one.'" 

 

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