Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton’s first preseason game was pretty rough, even if his offensive coordinator Jay Gruden insists it wasn’t a total debacle.
We’ll call his second start a partial debacle, although Dalton did improve as the game wore on after a very rough start.
Dalton’s first drive: Three and out.
Second drive: Interception off a bad drop from receiver A.J. Green.
Third drive: The Bengals go way backwards after Dalton made a bad handoff to Cedric Benson.
Fourth drive: Another interception by Dalton.
Fifth drive: Another three-and-out.
Yeah, that’s a full debacle. The good part is that Dalton didn’t seem to get too discouraged. Buoyed by some good running and one big screen pass, the Bengals went on a long touchdown march to start the second quarter.
They made another decent drive that stalled later in the half.
In the end, Dalton finished 8-of-19 for 86 yards and two interceptions. We don’t want to draw too many conclusions from the preseason, but the Bengals would love to avoid even a partial debacle next week so Dalton can gain a little confidence.