Bengals' Brown On Dalton Injury: "Biggest Single Adverse Thing"

Mike Brown: "There goes our shot."

Owner Mike Brown knew the Bengals lost their shot at winning the Super Bowl when starting quarterback Andy Dalton broke his thumb Week 14 against Pittsburgh.

Brown called the ill-timed injury one of the worst things that's ever happened to the team in an interview with Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals beat writer Jim Owczarski, who followed the team to Boca Raton, Florida for the NFL owners meetings.

Said Brown: "When Andy got hurt that was about the biggest single adverse thing that could happen to us. I said to my brother Pete, there goes our shot."

Brown thought the team rebounded well, and said he was pleased with how backup quarterback AJ McCarron did.

"I was pleased with how the team reacted," Brown told Owczarski. "It just went on. It didn’t resign itself. I thought our team gave a good effort. We made a real run at it. We seemed to be on track to keep on going when things happened in the final game."

Brown called it a good season.

"We didn’t win the Super Bowl. But I was very pleased with how our guys did overall," he said.

Cincinnati finished 12-4, tying the Bengals season record for wins, and lost in the Wild Card playoff to Pittsburgh.

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