The Cincinnati Bengals, now 0-2, have gotten off to a horrible start this season. One of the biggest reasons for their 0-2 start has been the play of their starting quarterback, Andy Dalton. In my opinion, Dalton has looked worse than we’ve ever seen him before.
Through two games, Dalton has completed just 54.5% of his passes for 394 yards. He’s thrown 0 TD’s and 4 INT’s. He has a rating of 47.2. The terrible play of Dalton has resulted in just 9 total points. 3 FG’s and 0 TD’s in two games? Are you serious? That’s what the Bengals are getting from their starting quarterback. While he has played two of the better defense’s in the NFL in his first two games, that’s no excuse for such poor performances.
We haven’t seen this kind of play by Dalton over the course of an entire season yet, but we have seen it in several games before. From the time that Andy Dalton became a Bengal, I never saw him as a franchise quarterback. He may have been the starting quarterback since his rookie season, but a franchise quarterback is something he’s not.
Let me explain a little more what I mean. A franchise quarterback is someone you feel confident in every time they step on the field. They give your team a legit chance to win in every game, regardless of who they play. A franchise quarterback wins playoff games, and makes your team a true Super Bowl contender.
A starting quarterback doesn’t give you those things. Yes, a starting quarterback can win games. Andy Dalton has won games, but he hasn’t won a playoff game, and he has never made anyone think of the Bengals as a true Super Bowl contender. People make predictions for the Super Bowl constantly throughout football season. How many times have you heard someone say they think the Bengals will be in the Super Bowl? Not very often, if at all. I personally don’t think I’ve ever heard someone predict that happening.
How many times have you heard someone predict the Patriots, Steelers, or Packers to be in the Super Bowl? A lot. Want to know why? Those teams don’t just have starting quarterbacks, they have franchise quarterbacks. Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Aaron Rodgers give their team a real chance to win every time they step on the field. They win playoff games and have won Super Bowls.
Andy Dalton has never taken his team to that level. He never has, and he never will. That’s why it’s time for the Bengals to start their search for a real franchise quarterback. Don’t get me wrong here, finding a franchise quarterback is not easy. It’s not easy at all, but you have to find one if you want to win in the NFL.
If the Bengals haven’t realized it already, and I hope they have, Andy Dalton isn’t their franchise quarterback. Based off of how things are going so far this season, the Bengals will be one of the worst teams in the NFL. After this season is over, they must begin their search for a new quarterback. The NFL Draft is sure to have some intriguing quarterback prospects, and the Bengals should do whatever they have to do to get their hands on one of them.