With two regular-season games to his name, Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley has yet to do any one thing to distinguish himself. In Oakland, after a paltry 115 passing yards, it is reasonable to wonder if Finley is a quarterback destined for backup or a spot on a practice squad.
In two games, the hope that maybe he’d be a change of pace to ignite a Bengals offense is likely a Fool’s Paradise. He’s not, at least not yet. But if you’re a betting person, the better bet is that he’s a placeholder for whoever comes next. It’s also a debate likely to begin raging whether the Bengals should go back to Dalton. that said, one has to reasonably assume that Dolegala is probably up next.
Cincinnati is finally at that place where winning football games is a bad thing. At 0-10 and six games away from a perfect 0-16, it’s way too tantalizing for any heroics. Bengals fans are beginning to taste the adrenaline from a No. #1 overall pick. A quarterback most likely, but with Cincinnati, who knows.
The quarterback situation in Cincinnati is an ugly sight. It also isn’t very likely to change anytime soon. The hope for anyone in the Finley camp is that the rest of the 2019 season isn’t like his current 0-2 start. Finley needs something good for his employment prospects beyond this season, but if yesterday in Oakland is any indication, the verdict on Finley won’t be a good one. Even in a city where 0-10 is the new normal.