What does Andy Dalton Have to Do In 2014?

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This Bengals offense will be under a new coordinator in Hue Jackson. It is key that Andy Dalton take the lead, especially with this level of talent surrounding him. There are no more excuses for this team to not only win the division, but get to the championship game this year. Even with the loss of a few good players, the core is still intact.

Dalton will have to show consistency all year. Every player is allowed one or two down games, but this defense can’t carry this team 80% of the year like in years past. Dalton will have to limit the turnovers to at least a 2 to 1 ratio or better in touchdowns to interceptions, compared to 2013’s year’s 33 TD/20 INT. He has an offensive line that can hold any defense at bay, and he just needs to be smarter with the football.

He will also have to win a playoff game. Until he does that, there will always be a question about his capability at the next level. Dalton has the talent and he has shown that through the season. He can lead a game winning drive and can make great throws. It all comes back to consistency and his capability to adjust to a defense during the game as the play caller.

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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!

    • [email protected]

      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.