Thursday, September 28, 2000

Slow start bothers Dillon

'This is worst it has been' in his career

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Corey Dillon's 82 yards on 41 carries is not where the Pro Bowl running back expected to be after three games.

        “Hey, you just look at the first three weeks, and that speaks for itself,” the fourth-year veteran said Wednesday. “The first three weeks have been the worst three weeks of my career of being here.

        “It gets no lower than the first three weeks. Hopefully, we can turn it around. This is the worst it has been since I've been here.”

        Dillon, in his defense, has had few, if any, holes to run through. The offensive line has not played well. The Bengals are averaging 62 yards a game rushing, and their running game is ranked 30th in the NFL.

        Dillon said the players, as professional athletes, have to take more pride in their performance and not just ride the wave of emotion that comes with the resignation of Bruce Coslet and the promotion of Dick LeBeau.

        “If you don't, maybe you shouldn't be here,” Dillon said. “This is a fight. We've lost the first three rounds. We've got 13 rounds to go, and we have to come out and fight. It doesn't matter who's in here coaching. We have to come out as players and take pride in ourselves.”

        DILLON HEARING: Dillon's hearing on a domestic violence charge was held Wednesday in Federal Way, Wash. It was continued until Nov.1.

        Dillon is charged with fourth-degree assault stemming from an Aug.26 incident with his wife. Dillon allegedly hit her in the mouth, causing her to bleed, during a dispute about the care of their 19-month-old daughter.

        He had gone home unexpectedly after playing the night before in the Bengals' final preseason game against Detroit.

        He and Desiree Antione Dillon were married Jan.30.

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