Patrick Daugherty of Rotoworld did a “Best Case/Worst Case” scenario for all 32 projected starting NFL quarterbacks, and his analysis of Andy Dalton is that his ceiling is that of a game manager:
Best Case: Dalton puts his nightmarish 2012 finish behind him, surpassing 30 touchdowns while inching closer to 4,000 yards. He game manages the Bengals to their third straight Wild Card bid.
Worst Case: The unraveling that began late last season (198.5 yards per game over his final eight non-Week 17 starts) continues unabated, as defenses stuff the box and bracket A.J. Green knowing Dalton can’t beat them deep. With no viable backup, Dalton gets to tend the garden all 16 weeks, but sends the Bengals searching for a long-term replacement.
Pete Prisco with CBSSports.com is ranking the best head coaches in the NFL, listing Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis at No. 13.
In 10 seasons as the Bengals coach, Lewis is 79-80-1, which isn’t great. But he has been to the playoffs four times. The problem is he’s 0-4 in those games. He has been in the postseason each of the past two years.
The NFL.com segment titled “32 in 32” is breaking down all 32 NFL teams in light of the start of training camps next week, and the Cincinnati Bengals are the latest eam they analyze.
The Bengals, worth $871 million, came in at #42 on Forbes’ list of the world’s 50 most valuable sports franchises.