Don't Push Panic Button on Andy Dalton Just Yet

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Oct 31, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks on from the sideline during the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports


After two back to back tough losses, some Bengals fans have turned their anger of these games toward Andy Dalton. While Dalton had two extremely underwhelming games these past two weeks after having three stellar ones, there is no reason to push the panic button on him just yet. Many Bengals fans have a love hate relationship with him, some over-hype him, while others tend to break down every single flaw even if it was a touchdown throw. This is not an argument as to whether you should love Dalton’s play, but rather take a step back and look at things in the long run.

In 2011, Andy Dalton was drafted to the Bengals, whom were in a crazy transition. Carson Palmer wanted traded, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens were on their way out, it appeared the team had very little to offer after going 4-12 and many people were thinking the Bengals were going to pick Andrew Luck the following year. To many people’s surprise, the Bengals made it to the playoffs. What makes it more astounding? Andy Dalton and AJ Green were both rookies, and they did not have a full offseason due to the lockout.

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