Sep 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Clint Boling (65) prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
After a Pro Bowl-caliber start to the 2015 season, Andy Dalton‘s play has finally brought up questions of whether or not he is an elite quarterback. It’s obviously too early to tell, but Dalton’s play has clearly instilled confidence in his teammates.
PFTCommenter, a somewhat notorious SBNation writer, was one of the first people to pop the question of whether or not Dalton is elite. On an installment of “The Opie Radio Podcast,” PFTCommenter (also a radio host) asked Clint Boling and Eric Winston what they think of their quarterback.
“He is no doubt elite; I don’t think it’s as much of a question about Joe Flacco being elite, but he is definitely an elite quarterback,” Boling said.
And while PFTCommenter is a more satirical football analyst, Boling’s response on the podcast wasn’t a joke. He clearly feels that Dalton is an elite quarterback and really seems to enjoy blocking for the fifth-year veteran.
Andy Dalton has put up some pretty impressive numbers this season, passing for 1,761 yards, 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions in just six games. His passer rating (116.1) ranks second among all quarterbacks, and his total QBR (84.2) is the best of any quarterback. His numbers are actually surprisingly similar to those of the 1988 NFL MVP, Bengals quarterback Boomer Esaison through six games.
Dalton’s line has played well, too. Clint Boling and Andrew Whitworth have gone the longest of any player at their respective positions in the NFL without giving up a sack, and the Bengals’ O-line has only given up six sacks on the season (four of those six came in a single game).
While PFTCommenter’s comments aren’t necessarily analytical, he’s a pretty funny guy. Be sure to check out his entire interview with Boling and Winston right here; the interview with Cincinnati’s linemen starts at 13:33 into the podcast.