Week in Review: Is Andy Dalton the Quarterback of the Future?

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Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass against the Houston Texans in an AFC wild card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Bengals 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports


After the Cincinnati Bengals lost against the Houston Texans, I did what every other Bengals football fan probably did. I tried not to dwell, and began watching the other playoff games. Yet, Wild Card weekend is over now, and I find myself dwelling once more on the Bengals loss.

There is a concern I’ve had in the back of my mind for about five weeks now. A concern I didn’t want to believe with Cincinnati doing so well in the second half of the season. It’s about Andy Dalton.

It was just yesterday during the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks game that I realized this article was something I had to write. I don’t know how many Bengals fans watched the games last night in Washington, but there was one thing that caught my eye.

It wasn’t RG3’s injury. It was how he was playing before that happened.

During the first two offensive drives for the Redskins, their star rookie quarterback was unstoppable, if only for just the first quarter.

As I watched RG3 in the pocket, taking the snap, I saw the quarterback bouncing up and down, shifting around, light-footed. I saw his vision stay down the field, looking for the receiver to throw to. I saw the fire in his eyes, and his poise as he led the offense down the field.

I saw the quarterback that I want to see in Andy Dalton.

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