As Marvin Lewis was speaking Monday about the Bengals making the transition from injured quarterback Andy Dalton to first-year signal-caller A.J. McCarron, he said something surprising regarding in-game communication with his quarterbacks.
“I don’t talk to the quarterback (during the game), but I think he (McCarron) was very comfortable with it," Lewis said.
"The quarterbacks don’t want me talking to them."
The coach said sometimes that goes for more than quarterbacks.
Not many people want me talking to them during the game,” Lewis said.
Lewis has been seen encouraging Dalton as the quarterback comes off the field, but he leaves the rest to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who will be doing most of the communicating with McCarron on Sunday at San Francisco.
Cincinnati (10-3) plays the 49ers (4-9) at 4:25 p.m. ET. The Bengals can still clinch the AFC North Division crown with a win and a Steelers loss at home to Denver this week.
Sunday will be McCarron's first start, and Dalton's first missed start in five years in the league.
The durable Dalton had played 77 consecutive games without a miss.
He finishes the year with 3,250 yards passing, a career-low achieved with the irony of this being his best season. He completed 66 percent of his passes, a career-high, with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions.