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The Bengals may have something in Andy Dalton

Posted on: August 21, 2011 10:37 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 11:19 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

We'll be honest, when the Bengals drafted Andy Dalton in the second round back in April, we had very little faith that he'd have much of an impact on a team that won four times last season and finished last in the AFC North.

Not so much because Dalton isn't capable of becoming a competent NFL quarterback, more due to the fact that the Bengals are a perennially hapless bunch, and their last franchise QB opted for early retirement over playing another snap in Cincinnati.

Our opinion didn't change after Cincinnati's first preseason game in Detroit, a 34-3 thrashing. Dalton's first NFL pass was intercepted, and that turned out to be the highlight of his evening. Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh tried to remove Dalton's head from his body, and the nicest thing Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden could say about the rookie QB's first start was that it "wasn't a total debacle."

Dalton's second preseason game was equally rough, at least in the beginning. He completed two of his first five attempts -- all to Jets defenders. Yes, the conditions were horrible, but that's a weekly occurrence in the AFC North.

But Dalton didn't fold. After starting 0 for 5 with two interceptions, he finished 8 of 14 for 86 yards, most of which came on a second-quarter touchdown drive (the Bengals' first TD of the preseason).

"All I want to say about [our first TD drive] is that it's about time," Dalton said after the game, according to Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman. "We've got to keep getting better, and we all know it."

Cincy's problems aren't magically solved by a performance which, on paper, can kindly be described as pedestrian. But it's a something.

Despite the progress, the Bengals' offense still lacks a downfield passing game, and the rushing attack was nonexistent against the Jets. For Dalton to have a chance at success during the regular season, Cincinnati is going to have to play near-flawless football. Recent history suggests that's a long shot. For now, though, there's reason for optimism.

"[Dalton] continues to work through the rough spots of playing this game as a rookie," head coach Marvin Lewis said. "He experienced some different conditions, playing with a wet ball. It was just another good step as he moves forward."

How far forward depends on a lot of things, most of which are out of Dalton's control.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:49 pm

The Bengals may have something in Andy Dalton

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Posted on: December 25, 2011 4:06 pm

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Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:36 am

The Bengals may have something in Andy Dalton

Who had more success than any recent ND QB

Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:03 pm

The Bengals may have something in Andy Dalton

We're two games into the preseason, and he hasn't done a lot. He's thrown a few picks here and there, but it isn't like he's incompetent. I'd gladly start Dalton over Jimmy Clausen. They post about the same stats, but at least Dalton is a leader and doesn't fumble snaps. All of his bad stats have been right where you see them fellas- in the passing category. He does take snaps cleanly, hand the ball off right, and takes a sack for the sake of keeping the ball. He's doing just fine in growing. He's faced two tough defenses (Lions got better), and will only grow from that. Give him a break, he'll be fine. Now, how the team around him fares with Mike Brown around is a different story.

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2011 6:50 pm

The Bengals may have something in Andy Dalton

I see a quarterback that was able to take his college team to two BCS Bowl games and won 42 games at TCU
I see a natural born leader that will give 100% effort each and every day.
I see a quarterback that was drafted by a team that hasn't had much success on the field but has accepted the challenge of turning the Bengals into winners.
I see a quarterback that is 23 years old and has had two pre-season games to get acquainted with new team mates, a new offense without the benefit of OTA's.
I see a quarterback that is positive about the future.

It's too bad you don't see the same thing. I hope his positive attitude rubs off on some of the jaded Bengal fans.

Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 6:20 pm

The Bengals may have something in Andy Dalton

Ryan Wilson please help! will u please show these posts to mike brown you have to have connections. i am as big a bengals fan as anyone and i totaly agree with everyone and dont understand why mike brown screws us over every year! he dosent give a crap about winning football games and thats just wrong! wrong to the fans and to his family! u tell him that too even paul brown would have hired a gm by now! thats why we as bengals fans know he dosent care about winning cause if he did he would have hired a gm by now. then ask that idiot that is running this team into the ground "dont u know that if u win games you will sell more tickets and make more money, we know u have to like money u selfish moron!" i really wonder if he knows that he is so pathatic and he is the only one holding his own franchise back. PLEASE MR. BROWN TRY! THATS ALL WE FANS ASK PLEASE JUST TRY!

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:00 pm

The Bengals may have something in Andy Dalton

First, Andy Dalton is a winner, and I feel sorry for him having to go to the Bengals as a rookie.  Hopefully he won't end up being like David Carr, but only time will tell on that one.  The real criminal in all of this is Mike Brown.  I mean come on your franchise QB would rather go into retirement, than to play on your team, and the dumbest thing you can do is that you let him do it.  Mike have you ever heard the word TRADE.  So this will not be Andy Dalton's fault this year, next year, or the year after.  The blame will go to the front office who have their heads in the sand and don't know what the hell they are doing.  Hopefully Dalton gets out of Cincy alive, and gets to show that he can be a quarterback in the NFL.  I'm sorry Bengals fans that you have to put up with crap like Mike Brown and his staff, you are truly hardcore fans if you can up with with him year after year. 

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:26 pm

The Bengals may have something in Andy Dalton

Really?  You think?  Growing up in Pittsburgh and being a Steelers fan, watching the Bengals every year suck has been comical.  Major props to the fans that stick with them, BUT Dalton is going to have a very hard year.  Will he be able to overcome learning the position with an ugly team and crappy coaches?  Only time will tell.  I for one just have to laugh at the Bungles again this year.   They had a chance to trade Palmer and Brown is stupid enough not to do it.....LOL  I believer that Cincy would have gotten a 1st round pick for Palmer in a trade.  SO now you force a guy to retire because the organization sucks, draft a young QB and throw him in the fire!!!!    

Just another stupid move by the Bungles front office AGAIN!!!!!!

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