If Bengals fans were agitated to watch a pair of proven offensive linemen slip away in free agency, Cincinnati's starting quarterback isn't sweating it.
"We're going to have to figure it out," Dalton said. "Those are big shoes to fill. Whit arguably has been the best tackle in the NFL for a while. Guys are going to have to step up and play because obviously that's a big piece of what we do."
The reality is that only six teams allowed more sacks than the Bengals last season -- even with Zeitler and Whitworth on the payroll.
"It's one of those things it's going to be Ced and it's going to be Fish and there is going be a lot expected from them this year," Dalton said. "I'm not going to say it's rebuilding. But we feel like those guys are very talented and we just have to put it all together."
With Dalton in spin-control mode, the Bengals can only cross their fingers and hope this all works out.