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Why Cincinnati Needs to Avoid Ryan Tannehill, and Stick With Andy Dalton

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CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 7: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals hugs Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins at the end of the game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Miami 27-17. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 7: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals hugs Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins at the end of the game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Miami 27-17. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – OCTOBER 7: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals hugs Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins at the end of the game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Miami 27-17. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – OCTOBER 7: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals hugs Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins at the end of the game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Miami 27-17. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) /

Rumors continue to spread that Ryan Tannehill is a potential target for Zac Taylor if he decides on taking the Bengals head coaching job. Andy Dalton is far preferable.

As many people continue to point out the chemistry had by Zac Taylor and Ryan Tannehill, some fans are beginning to question whether this would be a move that is intelligent for the team to make. Cincinnati, the argument goes, would be able to trade Dalton for draft picks, as he is viewed as more valuable throughout the league. Tannehill would be easier to acquire, and the team would be relatively the same on Sunday’s and Cincy could walk away with draft picks.

Even if we assume that Andy Dalton is worth a greater number of draft picks then Tannehill, we still need to consider what that means. Andy Dalton is a better quarterback. He is more accurate, more consistent, and also mobile. He has won more in the national football league in a tougher division and has more chemistry with the current roster. Just because there are lines drawn between Taylor and Tannehill doesn’t mean that Dalton couldn’t also improve under the same scheme either.

While I personally am no fan of Andy Dalton, I am also not anti Dalton, either. He gives me a little more hope to win on Sunday’s than Ryan Tannehill. Dalton is a safer choice for the team and gives them a better chance to make the postseason, something that if done with the correct coach, which we all assume Zac Taylor to be, could end differently without Marvin Lewis. Cincinnati should always consider looking at young quarterbacks in hopes of finding a more impressive replacement, but for now, Dalton would serve as the perfect bridge quarterback.

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