Three Bengals who failed to step up vs the Chargers

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Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) shake hands after the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. San Diego won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) shake hands after the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. San Diego won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Dalton

The “leader” on offense looked like a rookie starting his first playoff game instead of a veteran with playoff game experience.  The one thing Andy couldn’t do was turn the ball over, and he proceeded to hand the Chargers the game with three turnovers.

This can win with Andy at quarterback, but Andy can’t win when it matters and when he plays bad it costs this team wins.

There is something obviously wrong in his game and good defenses/coaches have figured it out: Take away AJ Green, play cover two and make Andy throw outside, and blitz/pressure up the middle.

The franchise is at a crossroads with Dalton, pay him now, or risk him having a Joe Flacco season, get paid, only to regress again. If I’m the Bengals I offer a 3 year deal worth 6-8 million per year.

Andy and his agent might not like that but you can’t offer a 6 year 80-90 million deal to a quarterback you crumbles in big and division games.

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