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QB Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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General News (Wed Jan 28): still has offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in his corner, despite Dalton's lackluster performance in 2014 and in the Pro Bowl.

General News (Tue Jan 27): 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 (Jon Kitna) to (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."

Week 21: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

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

Recent Game Summaries

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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