Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer has probably watched as much Bengals football as anyone you’ll find, and even he doesn’t know what to make of Dalton:
In 25 yrs here I’ve never had less of a grasp on how good/bad a bengals qb can be than I have now w dalton
— Paul Daugherty (@EnquirerDoc) November 18, 2013
It was actually our good friends at Dawg Pound Daily who probably best described what Dalton is:
Andy Dalton is not a bad quarterback. The problem is that he is not a great quarterback either and the Bengals have an incredibly stacked offense. When he is good, the Bengals are a dominant football team that can play with and beat anyone. When he is not, like he was today, the Bengals can still win but he is clearly holding them back. The Bengals are good enough where Dalton threw 8 interceptions in the last three weeks and the Bengals were 1-2 with both losses coming in overtime.
It is difficult to get rid of an average but productive quarterback because the team is winning. It could be painfully clear that quarterback is not built to win a Super Bowl like Dalton and Matt Schaub short of a Joe Flacco type run in the playoffs or the improbable Trent Dilfer scenario.