Where does Andy Dalton stack up against available QB’s in 2020?
While Andy Dalton is intriguing in New England, he is, for all practical purposes, a downgrade. If, and it’s a big IF, the Patriots decide to move on from Tom Brady, Dalton could be a fit and a quarterback that Bill Belichick could gravitate towards given he’s closer to “plug and play” than taking a chance with a bad and inexperienced depth chart.
However, Dalton is not in the same class as Brady. That’s not a slight, just a reality. That said, the Patriots organization is a significant and notable upgrade compared to the Bengals. Dalton, if employed in New England, would have an opportunity to work for and work with perhaps the greatest football coach since Bill Walsh. Belichick would be a different experience than what Dalton has known, as such, the results would be interesting to watch.
For those teams choosing between Dalton and Brady, it’s Brady hands down. He’s the gold standard. And while the Red Rifle would be upgrading his surroundings, the Patriots would be taking a step back. So for those who insisted Brady was a system quarterback, seeing if that system can translate to another quarterback could be a fascinating watch.
Brady is a better upgrade than Dalton, and by a significant margin.