Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
“What does the future for Andy Dalton in Cincinnati hold?”
You get a funny sense that the coaches and management are realizing what they have in Andy Dalton. Year one it’s “well he’s a rookie”, year two it’s “well he’s only a second year QB”, year three? Well, here we are 5 games in with what looks to be a good supporting cast, his entire returning offensive line from last season, a third-year offensive coordinator, and a top-7 defense.
So why are we not having to call off the dogs at the end of games, and why does Andy seem to be the weak link? The answer in my opinion is inconsistent play and offensive play calling/personal use. How can we fully judge Andy Dalton in his third year if Jay Gruden can’t figure out if he trusts him, and how to tailor a passing game/offense around Andy’s strengths and weaknesses.
So what does the future hold for Andy Dalton? At this point, it’s not a lucrative contract or deep playoff run.
Quite literally this is the million dollar question. Dalton will be an UFA after the 2014 season, and while you may think that his very robust quarterback class (2011) would make the free agent market an interesting one, most have been bust-worthy. Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder; all first rounders not amounting to much. Only Cam Newton raises the real question of an upgrade, but the chances of Carolina letting him get away (or Mike Brown wanting to pay his asking price) are very thin.
Prospective veterans will be significantly long in the tooth, and two are former Bengals (Palmer, Fitzpatrick). Unless a college prospect comes out of nowhere or Dalton completely tanks, I think he’ll be around for more than a minute…and I’m fine with that.
The future for Andy Dalton and the Bengals is a big unknown. In my opinion, I think he is the quarterback for this team for the next couple of years. It all depends on playoff victories.