Following the Cincinnati Bengals’ unexpected loss to their in-state division rivals, I began to have a few misgivings about where our offense could be headed, especially after watching Andy Dalton’s terrible performance. However, I didn’t want to just write an article on it. I felt that one person’s thoughts didn’t carry enough weight.
After all, a team can only go as far as their quarterback takes them.
I got numerous quotes from Bengals fans around the nation to help me tell the story of how they see Dalton: after Sunday’s loss, going into the rest of the season, and whether or not the Red Rifle is the quarterback of the future. There’s quite a large range of feelings from Bengals nation. If you don’t believe me, just look below.
The article will be featured in two separate editions of quotes on Dalton.
“He’s way too inconsistent and is overthrowing easy targets, but he does get the job done in the red zone”
“Andy Dalton is a good quarterback. The biggest issue is his being inconsistent. He will have one great game, then next week he will have a bad game. I’m a fan of Andy Dalton, however, he has some major issues that he needs to address to become a better QB.
1) Dalton needs to get his confidence up and trust the offense line protecting him.
2) Dalton seems to be scared lately every time he has the ball.
3) Dalton needs to move around and out of the pocket until he has someone open to throw the ball and not rush the play so quickly.
4) Dalton needs to learn how to run with the ball. Also, there is no “I” in team and our offense lines have some holes due to injuries. I don’t only blame Dalton; I blame the whole offense team. Can Dalton take us to the playoffs? Yes. Can Dalton win a Super Bowl? No.”
“I’m ready to trade.”
“Andy Dalton is mediocre, and isn’t our quarterback [of the future]. Yes, he took us to two playoffs, but he is not our guy. He took two steps back.”
“Terrible. Just terrible. He isn’t the answer and we now see it. Tethered with Jay’s terrible calls and Andy’s overthrowing and having tunnel vision on green. We got him weapons and he still can’t make anything happen. After two playoff losses, I’ve defended him a lot but now I see it like everyone else. Dalton isn’t the guy. Poor deep ball throwing skills. Can’t hit an open man, and he he just isn’t the answer.”
“Dalton lacks accuracy, confidence and leadership. Also, the coaching needs some major tweaking as well. Why call the same plays over and over when they don’t work? Utilize all the talent on the offense instead of just trying to throw to AJ all the time or handing it off the BJGE when he only gets two yards if he’s lucky!”
“In my opinion, Andy Dalton isn’t the QB this talented Cincinnati Bengals team needs to succeed. He’s not able to be consistent through games. He’s not comfortable and isn’t trusting enough in himself and his teammates to get rid of the ball to his talented receiving/running core. He’s shown much improvement but is not what this team needs.”
The offensive line got their collective asses handed to them, on multiple and numerous times today. Andy is not without blame as well. He rushed some throws that didn’t need to be, and he’s got that ‘staring down’ disease that is starting to drive me nuts. He needs to work on the pump-fake, and the look-down, and then he will find guys open more often.”
Andy Dalton doesn’t have the head for the pro game. He was alright at TCU, but the pro’s is a far different game. He is one of the worst down-and-distant management QB’s ever. After this game, I don’t see any other choice but to sit him for at least 3-4 games.”
“Maybe he needs to be benched a game so he can think about how to improve his mechanics and leadership.”
“I love Andy, but I think he needs some work. He needs to quit overthrowing the ball and start paying a little more attention on who and what is going on around him. The defense still looks solid to me, but they can’t do it all.”
“I believe he needs to have to sit out at least the 1st quarter next week, which will allow him to reflect on what his job is. He is consistently over or under-throwing, and missing cues with his receivers. We have so many awesome targets, yet he wants to try and force it all to AJ. It appears to me as though his arm has not gotten stronger, but weaker. I like Andy, but after being a Bengals fan since the early 70’s, I want to win a Super Bowl and I picked this team to do that 3 years ago. We are one player from being an excellent team…we must do what we must do. His arm and lack of concentration is hurting the offense and wearing out our defense. A great QB makes plays, threads the needle with fast, strong throws. It is time to step up and go above and beyond …or cut our losses.”