“Do you still believe Dalton is the future quarterback of this franchise?”
I’m tabling all discussion on Andy Dalton until the very end of the season. First, the Bengals HAVE to win the division. If they don’t, then this season will be a huge disappointment. And I believe the Bengals have no reason not to win a game or two in the playoffs. If those things don’t happen this season, then I think we have to seriously look at making some changes. We wasted away the talents of Chad Johnson and Carson Palmer last decade.
I don’t want to see AJ Green and all of our weapons on defense wasted away this time around. I feel like the front office has gotten satisfied with squeaking into the playoffs. This team is ready to get over that hump and I’m still not totally convinced we have the right people coaching and at the QB position to accomplish that.
The reality in the NFL now is that either you have Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rogers, Tom Brady, or you don’t. Those are the four that can truly make up weaknesses on an offense and make the other players look better than they really might be. After that you have you have some solid quarterbacks that are making franchise quarterback money but have to have the right pieces and coaching around them to be really successful.
Dalton falls just right near that category, with a near perfect game plan, protection, and a run game the sky’s the limit for Dalton. But this would be the perfect year to take a quarterback early in my opinion, just in case. With what is perceived as a strong class of quarterbacks, and an already strong roster, what would be the harm in taking a quarterback like Derek Carr in the second round?