Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Cincinnati Bengals
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI – Observed in the locker room after the Cincinnati Bengals' 20-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers:
Staying humble: Rookie running back Giovani Bernard burst onto the national stage Monday night with his two-touchdown effort in the victory. Both scores -- one rushing, one receiving -- were career firsts. After the game, he wasn't in the mood to talk about milestones. "It was whatever, but the biggest thing is that we won. I've always been that way. As long as we win, I'm happy."
Sloppy win: As joyous as the Bengals were over Monday's win -- at one point while interviews with reporters were ending, Frankie Beverly and Maze's "Joy and Pain" blared over the locker room's speakers -- they weren't fully satisfied with the performance. Between now and Sunday's visit from the Green Bay Packers, there is much to be fixed. "We kind of considered it a little bit of a sloppy effort and not as good as we'd like it to be," offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth said, "but it was still a really good win."
Same old Harrison: While being interviewed at his Bengals locker, former Steelers linebacker James Harrison shrugged off talk about playing his old team: "It was no more of a game than it was any other game."