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Oct 7, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith (24) grabs the helmet of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Cincinnati’s duo just doesn’t measure up. I love the way Andy Dalton plays, and he is a solid NFL quarterback. But as much as we want to ignore it, there is a reason he was drafted in the second round. He is not a guy who can take a team on his back and lead it to the Super Bowl. And Marvin…well, Marvin is Marvin. Enough electrons have been spilled complaining about him this week, so I’ll give him a break for now. Let’s just say nobody is mistaking him for Bill Belichick.

The thing is, those guys aren’t going anywhere. Well, Dalton isn’t, and I don’t think Lewis is either, at least not unless things really fall apart. That’s fine, but we just need to temper expectations. Unless Cincinnati can assemble an outstanding top-to-bottom roster, I don’t see Super Bowl contention on the horizon.

Houston has been able to do this without an elite quarterback or head coach, so it can be done. The Bengals will need to continue to draft well, and it is just going to take longer than many of us, myself included, had hoped.


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