Statistically, Andy Dalton had an incredible 2013 regular season for the Cincinnati Bengals. He had a 61.9 percent completion rate for 4,293 yards and 33 touchdowns. The Bengals have now reached the playoffs in all three seasons that Dalton has been their quarterback. Unfortunately, they have lost their first postseason game each year, and Dalton’s 1-6 TD to INT ratio in those games certainly did not help.
Even with his impressive raw numbers this season, Dalton still threw 20 interceptions. Plain and simple, he has a hard time with turnovers. At times this season, Dalton looked like he was on the verge of becoming an elite quarterback, then he would come out the next week and throw three picks. He is as hot and cold as it comes at the QB position, and his struggles in the playoffs make me seriously doubt his future.
With guys like A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Giovanni Bernard, Tyler Eifert and others, the Bengals are a very talented and explosive offense. In fact, I think that these guys make Dalton look like a better QB than he actually is.
Green is one of the best wide receivers that the league has to offer. His ability to get deep and fight for passes in the air is basically unparalleled. Dalton is decent in the short to immediate passing game, but his lack of arm strength really holds him back with the deep ball. I strongly believe that Green would be an even more productive player if he had a QB that could consistently get him the ball deep. That would obviously make the Bengals a much better team.
Dalton will never be an elite QB. He is far too inconsistent and does not have the raw tools of the elite guys. That being said, I understand why the Bengals are sticking with Dalton. They have a very talented roster, and QB is a very tough position to fill. They are a perennial playoff team with Dalton, who knows what happens without him. However, Dalton is not the guy to take this team to the promise land, if they ever expect to be legitimate contenders, the Bengals must move on.