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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 Against Andy Dalton

KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 21: Dee Ford #55 of the Kansas City Chiefs begins to knock the ball loose and sack Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 21, 2018, in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 21: Dee Ford #55 of the Kansas City Chiefs begins to knock the ball loose and sack Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 21, 2018, in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

Dalton epitomizes the mediocrity and lack of seriousness that makes many fans upset with the Bengals organization. While Dalton isn’t a bad player, he rarely is a “good” one, far to often being overwhelmed in big games and moments (0-4 in the postseason).  Many fans view him as somebody who the organization places undue faith in, especially given his lack of postseason success. Dalton puts no fear into those who play him, and defenses are aware of some of his shortcomings in terms of arm strength and decision making, and good head coaches frequently give him fits.

If Cincinnati goes away from their veteran signal caller, there is no guarantee that things will get better immediately, and most likely will be worse in the short term. Regardless, many feel that by going in a new direction at quarterback, either through the draft, free agency, or trade, the Bengals will have new life and be able to break the chains of mediocre consistency that Dalton provides.

Want to read more on Cincinnati’s QB situation? Check out some of our draft profiles, exclusively on Stripe Hype!

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