What does Andy Dalton Have to Do In 2014?

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Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during fourth quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Dalton has been the face for the Cincinnati Bengals for the past 3 seasons. In those seasons, Dalton is has helped them to 3 straight playoffs, but is 0-3. He has a 60.9 completion percentage, a QB rating of 86, and has a combined 87 touchdowns. So what is wrong with Andy Dalton?

The problem with Dalton is not in the regular season, although he has been inconsistent every season. The problem has been in the playoffs, where Dalton has thrown for only 1 touchdown, 6 interceptions, and been sacked 9 times. The offense under Jay Gruden was hyped by the organization to be one of the best in the NFL and fans only saw that team 5 or 6 times in 2013.

Andy Dalton is entering his 4th season in the NFL and with the Cincinnati Bengals. This means that he has only a short time, if he’s not extended before the season, to prove why he deserves a big paycheck in his next contract. Dalton will have a road ahead of him to prove that he can be the franchise QB that the Bengals brought him into be.

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  • conserve1

    Why is Andy the only one that has to do something? Where was the number 3 defense in the playoff game 27-10? Where were the receiver’s, alligator arming it? Where was the play calling? Why does Andy have to do everything he is only one person out of 53!

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      Andy is the offensive play caller. He has the option to audible out once he gets a good look at a defensive set. He is the offensive leader. The defense carried the team 80% of the season. They offense as a whole must step up. Dalton in three tries has been a mediocre post season QB.
      I think Jay was part of the problem. I don’t think he could change and adapt an offensive scheme during a game.
      Dalton is the one who threw most the interceptions. He has been terrible at looking off defensive backs, who are talented to jump routes.
      Don’t disagree that others must get better but your leader must set a tone early and often in games

      • conserve1

        If the whole offense needs to step up then the title should be “what does the offense need to do in 2014?” This is what I am tired of it is not all Andy’s fault it is the whole damn team that needs to step up. The number 3 defense gave up 27 points but according to you because they did good in regular season they get a pass here. Don’t be a hypocrite! If you do not want to be called out on stuff then spread the hate around Andy has done more for this team in three years then anyone else that has played the position. Get a grip people he is going into his fourth year, he still makes some mistakes but according to all the articles written about him you would think he has lead the team to three 4-12 seasons. This is another example “your leader must set a tone early and often in games “. Hey guess what the Bengals were ahead at half time guess he went out and set that example early.