Writing On The Wall For Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton has been a fading force in Cincinnati for some years now. After a nine year-run, his time as the Bengals QB is likely coming to an end.
Franchise officials insist that no decision has been made yet. However, Cincinnati is more or less nailed on to select Joe Burrow with their No.1 pick in the Draft.
The Bengals have tried to make it work with Andy Dalton. However, he has undeniably tailed off after some early success.
Andy Dalton has made three Pro Bowls, including one in his rookie year. He’s the highest-rated passer in franchise history, and led them to the playoffs five straight years.
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The Bengals haven’t made the playoffs since 2015, and Dalton’s decline has been noticeable since then. 2019 was perhaps the 32-year-old’s worst year in the NFL.
Dalton finished the season with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. As well as that, he only completed 59.5% of his passes. His sloppy form resulted in him being benched in October, although he was reinstated in December.
Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin insisted that no decision has been made. However, his language betrays the truth, that Dalton’s time in Cincinnati is over. You don’t talk about doing right by a guy and extoll his virtues if you are going to keep him.
“I’ve talked to Andy individually and we’re going to be in constant communication throughout the offseason,” Tobin said.
“We haven’t made any decisions there and I wish I could give him a decision there — it’s you, it’s somebody else, all those things are possibilities. I can tell you one thing, what Andy Dalton’s done for the Cincinnati Bengals is not something that we’re going to forget and we’re not going to just willy-nilly, make something happen with him that, a) he’s uncomfortable with and, b) that we’re uncomfortable with.”