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QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

6-2, 215Born: 10-29-1987College: TCUDrafted: Round 2

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17 at PIT 27 38 244 2 2 3 8 0 0
18 at IND 18 35 155 0 0 4 34 0 1

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2014 Week 18 vs IND (18 / 35 / 155 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 34 / 0 rush)

Facing his fourth playoff game and another long summer of criticism if he put up another stinker, Andy Dalton came out and played pretty well in the first quarter. He made 3 solid throws, helping lead Cincinnati down the field for a first quarter touchdown. Jeremy Hill finished the TD drive with a short TD and Dalton's confidence should have been pretty high. But Dalton had a few things going against him. He had a receiving corps that created zero separation for most of the day. He tried things, such as a deep ball to Little in the 2nd quarter. But Little isn't a very good WR and seemed to misjudge the ball. Dalton had another miscommunication with Sanu on 3rd and 4 late in the 2nd quarter on a deep ball down the left sideline. Sanu seemed to be expecting a back shoulder pass and the ball went over his head. The second problem Dalton had was a gameplan that didn't include the best offensive players, Gio and Hill. In the 2nd half, things got dreadful for Dalton. The Bengals started the 2nd half with 4 three-and-outs and after getting one first down on their 5th drive, had another 3-and-out. There were batted passes, 2 passes that were almost intercepted, errant throws, and throws into tight coverage. However, as easy as it is to ridicule Dalton for another poor performance, this was without question the worst receiving corps he has ever had to throw to, in any game in his career. He didn't even have Jermaine Gresham, who at the least has been able to help move the sticks in the short passing game. The Colts had no issues with the receivers of Cincy, and the Bengals were punchless in the second half. The Bengals face a tough offseason. Selling the fanbase on Dalton after four playoff losses is going to be tough. But finding a good qb might be tougher as they don't grow on trees.

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Bengals | Marvin Lewis happy with Andy Dalton (Wed Jan 21, 08:59 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has the support of his head coach Marvin Lewis. The head coach said Wednesday, Jan. 21, that he is happy with Dalton, and the club has no plans to bring in a backup quarterback to push Dalton. 'Fortunately, somehow I've got the right little thing on my shoulder that says, 'Don't get into a quarterback controversy',' Lewis said. 'That's worked for (QB Jon Kitna) to (QB Carson Palmer) to Andy. It's helped us have the success we've had and those guys have been good players, productive players. Even when they've left out of here they've been productive. It works.'

Our View: Dalton can get you to the playoffs, but he doesn't win in the postseason. In order to take the next step, Dalton needs to get this problem fixed. Lewis is happy, but he knows Dalton must get better if the Bengals get back to the playoffs in 2015.
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Bengals | Andy Dalton won't have competition (Thu Jan 15, 02:33 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is not expected to enter next season with competition at quarterback, as the Bengals are not expected to draft another quarterback this year. Hes our guy and were not going to shy away from that, says offensive coordinator Hue Jackson of Dalton and quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese offers, He was better with the intangibles this year and the ball was better coming out of his hand. You could see that right away when he came back from the last offseason. Jackson is a fan of backup QB Jason Campbell, and the team was impressed with young QB A.J. McCarron.

Our View: Nobody should be surprised here. The Bengals don't make changes quickly, so don't expect them to pull the rip cord on Dalton very soon. He's getting them to the playoffs, so they'll be content with that for a little longer and hope he learns not to implode in the postseason. He wasn't great this year in postseason play, but he wasn't the reason they lost (well, not all of it) either.
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