Controversy continues in the Cincinnati locker room after Daniel Ballard led the team to a 16-9 victory over Buffalo in game 6 of the season.
After kneeling for the final play of the game, Ballard sprinted over to the sidelines yelling at anyone and no one, "I told you idiots I could do it! I told ya!!"
Later, in the locker room, when asked by a reporter what did he mean, Ballard replied, "I'm undefeated as a starter. I'm 2-0. I won 2 of the 3 games this team has won. That's better than Smith, better than Mier. What's Smith, 0-2 this season? Loser!!!! (while holding up the "L" sign to his forehead.) And what's Opie Cunningham over there, referring to Rick Mier, 1-1 or as we say.....What's another word for average,...meh?"
When the reporter asked Ballard, who completed 16 of 30 attempts for 176 yards with 2 interceptions and a QB rating of 43.19 in the game against Buffalo, about his red zone offense, where he was 0-3 for TDs, he replied, "If Shultz hadn't dropped that pass in the end zone, if C Coble hadn't made that false start on 3rd down, and if FB Bly had made 1 more yard, I could of had easily 3 TD passes instead of 3 FG's."
"Besides, what difference does the stats make when the bottom line is the W's and L's. Every coach in the league KNOWS that his job depends on those W's. So far, I have been able to keep the Coaches' job this season by bringing the team to 500. For that, he should be thankful."
When the reporter in the locker room asked HC Richard Atterbury who would be his starter in the next game against New England, he replied with, "No Comment"