As many Bengals fans know, the franchise from Cincinnati isn’t known for their continuous success in the NFL. There have been more down years for the Bengals than positive ones. The Bengals win/loss ratio including playoffs is 300-389-2. That would be an all time win percentage of .436. However, despite the team’s inability to put together consecutive seasons with winning records, there has been some great talent at the quarterback position over the years.
While mini-camps have been going on, I have been reflecting on the pass heavy, quarterback driven NFL of today. In this article, I will attempt to break down my top 5 Bengals quarterbacks of all time as well as explaining why each quarterback lands in their respective position. Let’s get started.
5. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback (2011 – present)
Dalton, taken in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft out of TCU has been a surprise to Bengals fans everywhere. No doubt he was a talented collegiate player, but he had a phenomenal rookie season after all of the obstacles that were put in front of him. Dalton was penciled in as the opening day starter for Cincinnati after a shortened off-season that did not allow him the necessary amount of time to work with coaches and teammates. That never slowed him down. With his primary target being A.J. Green, a fellow rookie, Dalton had one of the best rookie seasons for a quarterback in NFL history.
Dalton threw for 3,398 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions in his rookie season. He also rushed for 152 yards and a score. He is well known for his coolness in the huddle, leading the Bengals to four 4th quarter comeback victories in 2011. Dalton is the only rookie quarterback in history to pass for over 3,000 yards, throw for 20 touchdowns, and lead his team to a winning record and playoff berth. For his efforts he was selected to the Pro Bowl and continued his success by throwing for 99 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 152.1 quarterback rating in that game. Bengals fans now know that this franchise has their quarterback of the future, and the future looks bright.