The Sporting News’ Ross Tucker believes just that Dalton has been cut enough slack, and need to take more blame for his teams’ struggles thus far:
Both Cincinnati and Houston have gone out of their way to surround these guys with championship-level talent and they have succeeded. Their rosters are loaded. All that is needed for these teams to achieve more is for Schaub and Dalton to take the next step in their individual performance.They have each failed miserably through the first quarter of the season. They’re going in the wrong direction.
With the exception of the first half of the first game against the Chicago Bears, Dalton has not played well at all and his accuracy has been a decent amount worse than it was his first two years.
The writers at NFL Spin Zone, who cover the entire NFL for the Fansided Network, did a breakdown of who they thought were the most disappointing players through the first quarter of the 2013 NFL season.
My most disappointing player is Andy Dalton. He’s got weapons, he’s got a great defense, and the Bengals are squandering an opportunity to put a stranglehold on the wide-open AFC North. Dalton is 21st in passer rating with just 5 TDs and 4 INTs and the Bengals are 22nd in points per game. He’s not playing horribly, but if he’d taken even a small leap forward this Cincinnati team would be very dangerous. Instead he looks like a cross between Sam Bradford and Matt Schaub. Not a good look. – Todd Frank