2. Brandon Allen
It feels like the majority of Bengals fans have seen enough of Brandon Allen as the backup quarterback. He was underwhelming in his one start of the season and the stripes have shown that they’re good enough to contend for a Super Bowl as long as Joe Burrow is in town.
The downside to having a quarterback as good as Burrow, however, is that if he goes down, the chances of contending dwindle significantly. Finding a backup quarterback who can do what Nick Foles did for the Eagles in the 2017 season isn’t realistic but if Cincinnati loses Burrow for an extended period of time, they need a backup quarterback who can step in and keep the team afloat.
Allen proved last year that he isn’t that guy. While I wouldn’t be surprised to see Zac Taylor bring him back since he knows the system and the team seems to like the guy, it’s not the best decision for this team in the long run.
No one is going to be able to give this offense what Burrow gives it, but Allen won’t be able to keep the team afloat if Burrow were to go down and miss more than a handful of games. Brandon Allen should not be on the roster in 2022.