Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
No. Maybe. I say maybe because I want to see where Dalton is at the end of the year. Changing OC’s on young QBs can be counterproductive, so I hesitate for that reason. Dalton has improved his yards and TDs each year, but he has also increased his INTs each year as well and so far he seems to be regressing rather than progressing. At this point, I have been very unimpressed with Gruden and would give a lot of thought towards a new OC if Dalton doesn’t show more improvement.
I am pretty happy with Jay. I just think he needs to help Andy along as he has done. High percentage throws and take the deep shots when they are there. Limit turnovers and just keep points ticking over while our defense does the rest. I think Gio needs more touches but perhaps Jay knows more about his durability then he lets on which is why he is still a change of pace back.
I think Jay has done well for a coordinator who spent so much of his career in the Arena Football League. His play-calling can look like Bob Bratkowski one minute, and then he throws out a trick play like the Sanu-to-Gio play last week. He needs to consistently be more aggressive with his play-calling, but I think he holds back at times because of the limitations of Andy Dalton.
Given what Dalton was coming out of college and what he’s shown he can be in the NFL, for Gruden to do what he has to this point is praiseworthy, but he needs to continue to find ways to maximize Dalton’s potential.
I don’t feel as though we’ve seen the best of Dalton consistently yet, and it’s up to Jay to get that out of him.