What Was Marvin Lewis Thinking Starting QB Andy Dalton?

By Randy Drautz
Marvin Lewis
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Both the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals ended their NFL preseason slate Thursday night versus each other in a contest for the bubble boys. I would like to put my focus on the aforementioned bubble boys, yet I can’t stop thinking about Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis‘ decision to start quarterback Andy Dalton.

Although Colts quarterback Andrew Luck didn’t take the field in the game, which is always the best call to make, Bengals starter Dalton played an entire series. Dalton looked great as usual, and Cincinnati scored on their first and only Dalton-led drive. But wow, thank goodness he didn’t get seriously injured.

Well, it seemed like Colts head coach Chuck Pagano had the right idea in sitting his franchise in Luck for the entire game on Thursday night.

Marvin, on the other hand, decided to play the franchise in Dalton at the beginning of the game. The drive did result in a touchdown, yet Dalton got unnecessarily exposed to injury for seemingly no reason. Sure, maybe Dalton himself told Marvin that he wanted to play the first series. However, that doesn’t mean you should let him play in a game that only matters to the bubble boys fighting for roster spots on the team.

And in my opinion, the Bengals will win the AFC North in 2013 with a 12-4 record. So, why would you expose your franchise guy to a devastating injury in the preseason finale? Sorry, I don’t have a answer to that question. Coach Lewis? Anyone?

Randy Drautz is a Denver Nuggets writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @RDrautz, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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