Bengals: Is This The Year Of The Tiger?

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks on prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks on prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Red Rifle

After making his first appearance on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2016, who could deny Andy Dalton? The Red Rifle is looking sharp and ready to resume his quest for the MVP trophy. Dalton is continuing to impress his peers and catch the eyes of media analysts.

Dalton gained the respect of Will Allen. The Pittsburgh Steelers safety handed out accolades like candy, per Cincy Jungle.

"“I mean you just see his maturation over the years. From him changing the play calls, looking off defenders, manipulating the safeties, and I think that’s what he’s evolved to over the years and now the coaches are putting more on his shoulders and he’s taking it like ‘I want it, let’s go.’”"

When your rivals give you praise, it’s definitely a sign. The bad blood between the Steelers and Bengals could eat through a slab of concrete. But, the truth is evident. Dalton is poised to have a great year. Barring another “I wanna be a defensive tackle” flashback, Mr. Dalton should deliver.

Bengals faithful will definitely get a treat, this season. Offensive coordinator Ken Zampese should be able to loosen the reins even more. Dalton has come of age in the Bengals system. He knows what’s coming before the coaches. Six years in the same scheme will do that.

The coaching staff has full confidence in Dalton. This will be the year he proves his pedigree as a franchise quarterback.

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