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Report: Bengals owner wanted Mallett over Dalton

Posted on: October 30, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 2:32 am
Owner Mike Brown drafted Dalton but reportedly wanted Mallett. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

During the 2001 draft, there were rumors that the Bengals, with the fourth-overall pick, gave serious consideration to taking Drew Brees. They ultimately selected defensive end Justin Smith, who had a fine career in Cincinnati but leaving for San Francisco but … well, he ain't Brees.

The Bengals ended up with the first-overall pick in 2003 and drafted Carson Palmer. And while Cincy made a couple postseason appearances, they never managed a playoff win. Last offseason, Palmer said he'd retire if the Bengals didn't trade him, and that prompted the organization to select Andy Dalton in the second round of the 2011 draft.

Turns out, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, that owner Mike Brown preferred Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett to Dalton. Mallett, by most accounts, was a first-round talent but dreaded off-field concerns dropped him down NFL draft boards. Mallett was eventually selected by the Patriots in the third round.

Schefter says that Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was "instrumental" in persuading Brown that Dalton was their guy, and through seven weeks, Gruden looks pretty smart (taking wideout A.J. Green in Round 1 wasn't a bad move, either). Dalton has started all six games, thrown for 1,311 yards (62.4 completion percentage), including seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Oh, and Cincy's 4-2. Dalton ranks 18th in Football Outsiders' QB metric, ahead of Joe Flacco, Jay Cutler and Josh Freeman (and just behind Philip Rivers, Mark Sanchez and Alex Smith).

But maybe Brown is finally getting the hang of this whole winning thing. First he was talked into drafting Dalton over Mallett, then he duped the Raiders into giving up (potentially) two first-round draft picks for Palmer.

The Cincinnati Bengals look to keep their winning streak alive as they prepare to take on the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. Jason Horowitz and's Pat Kirwan take a look at this matchup. Watch the game on CBS at 4:15 PM ET.

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Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:47 pm

Report: Bengals owner wanted Mallett over Dalton

 Why is this news worthy? You're really digging deep for dirt on the Bengals. Why waste time on reporting about Brown wanting someone else 8 months ago. We're winning, and we're going to keep winning for years to come so get used to it haters.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:28 am

Report: Bengals owner wanted Mallett over Dalton

Mr. Wilson,

Drew Brees was drafted with the first pick of the second round by the San Diego Chargers in 2001. In a sense, the Bengals had no choice but to draft Levi Jones since the player they coveted, according to your article, had been drafted the year before. If they had wanted a quarterback, they could have drafted Patrick Ramsey, who eventually went in the first round of the 2002 draft to the Washington Redskins, I think, somewhere between picks 20-32.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:29 am

Report: Bengals owner wanted Mallett over Dalton

If it's 2 first round picks, that means the Raiders made the AFC Championship game, which means they either won 2 playoff games to get there or got a top seed and won one.  Which would also make the draft pick one of the last 4.  If not the last pick overall.

If they're in the AFCC game that means they have a 50% shot to make the SB.  Which means they have a 25% chance at that point to win one.  If you could trade away 2 first round picks every year to make the Title game, every single coach in the league would make that trade at the QB position, because your QB is the one that will get you there in this league.

This trade is actually better for the Raiders if it's for two 1st rounders.  It is actually a worse trade for them if it's only a 1st and a 2nd, because that means they gave away a higher draft pick one of those years and had less success.  It likely indicates Palmer sucked.  I am pretty sure they'd rather win and Palmer is great for them.

Which he will be.  The Raiders will make the playoffs, probably win a playoff game, but lose in the second round this year.  Next year they might make that step to the championship game though. 

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 5:50 pm

Report: Bengals owner wanted Mallett over Dalton

Hum, interesting.  Mallett looks great on paper, but Dalton is a winner.  Plus, Mr Brown was not going to trade Palmer... GONE!  So, he does not make the decisions that matter.  Someone else helped him to get two major moves right this year.  Despite Mr Brown, the Bengals are getting better.  Now, can they keep Marvin Lewis.  I watched Dalton at TCU and he looked like a winner.  So far, so great for him!

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 4:47 pm

Report: Bengals owner wanted Mallett over Dalton

The Bengals will not continue to play at a high level against quality opponents but an 8-8 season for this franchise would be glorious. I think Mallett got lucky by sliding to the Patriots so that he could learn under one of the greatest coach-QB tandems of all time and someday become a viable NFL QB while a more mature, pro ready Dalton got the call to start in Cinci. Also, "The Red Rifle" is a cool nickname so I support Dalton no matter what.

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