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The Arguments for and Against Andy Dalton in Cincinnati

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BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images) /
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The Case for Andy Dalton

CINCINNATI, OH – NOVEMBER 25: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to the start of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on November 25, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – NOVEMBER 25: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to the start of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on November 25, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Dalton is a veteran in the NFL, meaning that he should be able to pick up Zac Taylor’s new offense and gameplan far sooner than any rookie would be able to. Dalton in his career has thrown for 188 touchdowns vs 104 interceptions, meaning that he is relatively efficient in the sense of turnovers. Dalton was in the midst of one of his better seasons in Cincinnati last year before going down at home versus the Browns with a thumb injury that put him on injured reserve.

Andy is well liked in the locker room and by coaches who work with him, earning him a reputation as a hard worker and someone who truly cares. Dalton is also a three-time pro-bowler, including a season in which he threw for 4293 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. Dalton has proven that he is a starting quarterback in the NFL, and being only 31 years old, he still has a lot of time left in this league.

Overall, Dalton provides consistency, safety, and security to a team that makes him the starter, much in the same mold as Alex Smith. He might not be somebody that will take you over the top, but it beats taking a chance on somebody who may not work out, leaving you with nothing at the most important position in football.

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