By Jameel Shareef @BornInCUSE on May 27, 2014
Facing all the scrutiny heading into his fourth year with the Cincinnati Bengals, Andy Dalton will be looking to silence all the doubters and disbelievers about his ability to lead the Bengals past that dreadful 0-3 playoff record. Here are five reasons why he will prove those doubters wrong.
Having the playoff experience, solid regular season resume, good win percentage and talent around him, Dalton will expand on his game knowledge and the "I want to be great" mantra to help lead the way for the Bengals in 2014. His leadership will no longer be a question. It is make or break time.
Giovani Bernard, Jeremy Hill and BenJarvus Green-Ellis will help Dalton manage the game by establishing the run game effectively throughout this upcoming season. The "Queen City" will witness a more balanced Bengals team looking to secure their third AFC North title since 2009.
Marvin Jones broke out last season, and with an extended role expected in 2014, look for Jones, A.J Green, Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham to create a fast upempo receiving corps to help keep the defenses off balance. Dalton will have the trust and experience to lead the way throwing the ball.
For the first time in his career, Dalton will have an offensive coordinator who will cater to his best qualities. Those qualities are timing and patience. New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will install an offensive designed to help Dalton be the best quarterback he can be. Adding timing routes, an effective running game and quick reads of the defense, Dalton will look to take the next step moving forward.
Who doesn't want to be paid like a franchise quarterback? Andy Dalton wants the money, so playing at his best this season will hopefully guarantee that benefit. But if that doesn't happen, his career could have a dark shadow. The "Red Rifle" will do anything possible for that not to happen in 2014.
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