Jay Gruden Breaks down the Bengals Backup QB Competition


Jul 28, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Zac Robinson (5) passes the ball to during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

No one is replacing Andy Dalton anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean the backup QB isn’t a critical position that the Bengals hope to have solidified once the season opens. Jay Gruden offered this breakdown of the competition so far:

"It’s going. Its hard because we still want Andy (Dalton) to take the majority of the reps so that leaves scraps for the other three. They struggle sometimes, they do OK but its hard for them to get into a rhythm.Its not easy for them but John (Skelton) has had the toughest go because he is new to all of this. I don’t think he has ever worked in a West Coast offense. He came from Arizona. It’s totally different formations and pass protections, route concepts so he started from total scratch where Josh (Johnson) had some experience in Tampa so he has a leg up.Zac (Robinson) has been here too for a couple years. Josh showed today why he is here. He had a couple runs that would have been 40-yard gains and that is going to be a great equalizer. If you are going to be a backup QB in this league the great equalizer is going to be able to run. Zac was coming along great until he had tendonitis in the elbow. None of them have made the No. 2 job feel cozy for us but its not dire straits either. They are all doing things that are pretty good. Some of them do one thing good and then what the heck are you doing? It’s a process, which is why these OTAs are very important for us. Get them the reps because training camp is going to be huge and then the four preseason games. Get them as many reps as we can now, evaluate them and figure out who our two, three and four are and then get them the work in the preseason to make a decision."

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