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Boomer Esiason: Everyone calm down on the Andy Dalton criticism

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Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has taken a lot of criticism in the wake of his disastrous performance in Cincinnati’s playoff loss. But former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason says that criticism has gone overboard.

Esiason told the Bengals’ website that he views Dalton as a very good young quarterback who deserves support, not criticism.

“I never had a season like he had this year. He’ll be fine,’ Esiason said. “The trajectory is like this, 9-7, 10-6, 11-5, 22 touchdowns, 27 touchdowns, 33 touchdowns. The guy is a really good player. Everyone just has to calm down.”

Esiason is trying to be nice, but the notion that he never had a season like Dalton had in 2013 is fairly ridiculous. Yes, it’s true that Esiason never threw for 4,293 yards and 33 touchdowns, as Dalton did in 2013, but 4,293 yards and 33 touchdowns in the passing environment of 2013 isn’t as impressive as what Esiason did in the 1980s. Esiason led the league in passer rating and was named league MVP in 1988, and he was among the best handful of quarterbacks in the NFL for several years. Dalton has never been close to being the top quarterback in the NFL.

Still, the Bengals have made very clear that they view Dalton as their franchise quarterback for years to come. Whether Cincinnati fans agree with Esiason or not, Dalton is their quarterback.

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93 Responses to “Boomer Esiason: Everyone calm down on the Andy Dalton criticism”
  1. chargerdillon says: Mar 5, 2014 10:38 AM

    I would still take Andy Dalton over Tony Romo any day of the week.

  2. bumblyjack says: Mar 5, 2014 10:38 AM

    Translation: “I was criticizing Andy Dalton before it was cool.”

  3. jhorton83 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:40 AM

    The criticism should be targeted at Marvin Lewis. The Bengals aren’t going anywhere with him as coach. But Mike Brown is satisfied being one-and-done in the playoffs each year, so that’s not likely to change.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 5, 2014 10:41 AM

    But fine isn’t good enough to be the finest. My problem is with the Bengals not trying to trade him to some other team that is ok with a fine QB as opposed to a superstar, why hold onto him?

  5. elwaysagenius says: Mar 5, 2014 10:45 AM

    There are only about 7 or 8 starting QBs I wouldn’t take above Andy Dalton.

  6. jbaxt says: Mar 5, 2014 10:45 AM

    I would take Dalton over Ryan, Falco (Flacco), E. Manning, Rivers, Romo, Newton, or Kapernick. All “franchise” guys.

    I wouldn’t take him over Rodgers, Manning, Wilson.

  7. steelerben says: Mar 5, 2014 10:47 AM

    For everyone that thinks getting rid of Dalton is a great idea, who are you going to replace him with?

    He’s a game managing QB, he might not win a lot of games for you, but he also isn’t going to lose many for you. He’s getting talent built up around him. He’s never going to be “elite” but that means you don’t have to worry about paying him $18 million a year.

  8. pioniere says: Mar 5, 2014 10:48 AM

    Shut up Boomer.

  9. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Mar 5, 2014 10:49 AM

    jhorton83 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:40 AM

    The criticism should be targeted at Marvin Lewis. The Bengals aren’t going anywhere with him as coach. But Mike Brown is satisfied being one-and-done in the playoffs each year, so that’s not likely to change.

    ———————

    Yeah, because Marvin turned the ball over three times in the loss to the Chargers…

  10. 12brichandfamous says: Mar 5, 2014 10:49 AM

    Is he improving, staying the same or regressing?

    You get rid of him if he’s stagnated or regressing.

    He seems to be improving. It often takes 4-5 seasons to blossom as a QB and fully understand the offensive system and how it takes advantage of defenses.

    Keep him and draft another QB in the third round for development and competition.

  11. chargersdiehard says: Mar 5, 2014 10:50 AM

    I love Dalton! He’s a great playoff qb!

  12. rbirving says: Mar 5, 2014 10:50 AM

    We’ll trade you straight up for Christian Ponder in a heartbeat, and then laugh at you for the rest of the decade…. maybe longer.

  13. theageofquarrel says: Mar 5, 2014 10:50 AM

    Shut up Norman!!!
    What have you ever done in your playing career besides being a loser?

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 5, 2014 10:52 AM

    Boomer Esiason had three above-average wide receivers, one above-average tight end, and one great pass catching running back.

    NOT TO MENTION… a monster offensive line (including Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz) and Ickey Woods (who didn’t have bad hands either).

    Andy Dalton has one above-average wide receiver, a sketchy offensive line, and Gio Bernard.

  15. anonymous135 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:52 AM

    My God… the boy has AJ Green to throw to…

    Does anyone ever watch? Green could be by far without question THE Premier ‘Elite’ WR of the league bar none!!

    He’s maybe no best than #5, and it’s because of Dalton holding him back (and a bit o combo of some play calling me thinks).

    It truly amazes me with a much better appreciation for AJ that he does what he does despite having Dalton at QB limiting him big time.

    No knock on the kid (Dalton), he seems to know his short comings and works to better himself in the off season… he will be a Pro Bowl QB in time, but he’ll continually be getting better every season… just not maturing as fast as we’d like (RW3 and success Luck and RG3 had early on for the latter)…

  16. realdealsteel says: Mar 5, 2014 10:52 AM

    Boomer needs to shut up and stop showing his homerism.

    Dalton is a bust as far as taking this team any farther then the first round of the playoffs. He’s failed three years in a row. How many more chances does he need to get???

  17. realskipbayless says: Mar 5, 2014 10:53 AM

    He just needs to be a little more consistent.

  18. buckybadger says: Mar 5, 2014 10:54 AM

    He is a good player, just not a great one and I am not sure on very good either.

  19. anonymous135 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:55 AM

    That offense has the makings to blow up for some college type annihilation.. great job by the organization for getting the right personnel there.. couple more pieces away.

  20. JackedUpSports says: Mar 5, 2014 10:56 AM

    so says the best bengals qb ever, which is equivalent to like…i dont even know

  21. ed3557 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:56 AM

    Dalton makes me crazy sometimes too; but I’m still waiting for someone to tell me what the ‘Plan B’ is; this isn’t the 2012 draft when Andrew Luck was there; they don’t have a high pick, so anyone they get in the draft is a project (and there are no sure bets this year anyway); there are no free agents better than him; and it’s irrelevant whether they should/shouldn’t have taken Kaepernick instead; yeah, I’d rather have Luck or Romo or even Phillip Rivers, but we’re not getting any of those guys; arguing that ‘Mike Brown is cheap’ or ‘Mike Brown and Marvin are satisfied with one and done’ is just lazy; if someone gives me a real alternative to Dalton, I’m listening…

  22. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 5, 2014 10:56 AM

    The Bengals don’t have a better option to turn to, so they have to stick with Dalton. There are no free agents who can come in and start that would be better, and no one in the draft that could come in and start from day one.

    He’s a Top 10 QB, and he does have the potential to be excellent.

  23. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 5, 2014 10:57 AM

    The criticism is well-deserved. He crumbles in big games.

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 10:58 AM

    The Bungals have to keep him if they have any hope of maintaining their one and done streak. It’s great to watch him break so many hearts in January.

  25. phillyshouldsignmaclin says: Mar 5, 2014 10:59 AM

    Dalton is not a bust, but does channel his inner Romo in the playoffs

  26. ninefingers9 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:00 AM

    And Boom-er goes the dynomite!

  27. theclink12 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:01 AM

    Until he wins in the playoffs he will be criticized.

    Right or wrong, in the current NFL starting QBs are judged by winning playoff games and Dalton plays his worst in those games.

  28. hakunamangata says: Mar 5, 2014 11:02 AM

    For everyone that thinks getting rid of Dalton is a great idea, who are you going to replace him with?

    Yeah that’s a great mindset. Why be great when you can be average? What more do you have to see from this guy to realize he just isn’t it?

    Say what you will but the guy has a top five WR in Green, an offensive line populated by first and second rounders (and pretty good because of it) two first round TEs, a plethora of athletic receivers who compliment each other (not just big bodies or route runners) and a top five Defense. So what am I missing?

  29. josephgattuso says: Mar 5, 2014 11:03 AM

    The much more absurd criticism is the criticism of Flacco. He somehow gets no genuine acknowledgement for having 18 touchdown passes and two interceptions between 2010 and 2012 in the playoffs, with two dropped game-winning touchdown passes. For comparison, Peyton Manning had 3 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions in his 2006 Super Bowl year playoffs. Brady had 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions between 2001 and 2004 in the playoffs. The funniest stuff is the comments of jumpballs to Boldin. Yeah, all those jumpballs were thrown to a blanket covered Boldin in a spot where either he caught the ball or nobody did. Those are some of the hardest throws to make. Compare that to Brady making a bunch of 7 yard throws to open receivers. Oh, and Brady has choked in 7 straight playoff trips.

  30. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 5, 2014 11:05 AM

    One wide receiver doesn’t win games in the MODERN PASS HAPPY NFL.

    Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu are #3 and #4 wide receivers on the teams with best wide receiving corps in the NFL.

    The Bengals need a REAL #2 wide receiver, a center, a guard, and Jermaine Gresham needs to step it up or be replaced.

  31. dacatindahat says: Mar 5, 2014 11:05 AM

    lifelong Bengals fan here, Dalton blows…he shrinks in big games, nationally televised night games, playoff games, the bigger the stage, the smaller he plays…they will never get anywhere with the ginger midget at QB…

  32. steelerben says: Mar 5, 2014 11:11 AM

    hakunamangata says:
    Mar 5, 2014 11:02 AM
    For everyone that thinks getting rid of Dalton is a great idea, who are you going to replace him with?

    Yeah that’s a great mindset. Why be great when you can be average? What more do you have to see from this guy to realize he just isn’t it?

    Say what you will but the guy has a top five WR in Green, an offensive line populated by first and second rounders (and pretty good because of it) two first round TEs, a plethora of athletic receivers who compliment each other (not just big bodies or route runners) and a top five Defense. So what am I missing?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What you’re missing is that superstar QBs don’t grow on trees. This year in free agency your options are going to be Michael Vick, Mark Sanchez, Matt Castle, Josh Freeman, and potentially Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder. The draft has three or four QBs that are going to go at the top of the draft when they shouldn’t go before the bottom of the first at the earliest. You want to get rid of Dalton? Great. What’s your plan to replace him.

  33. uglydingo says: Mar 5, 2014 11:12 AM

    Maybe he’s not as good as some think. dacatindahat is correct, he disappears in the big games. Until he can play well in a big game, Red Rocket is just a big fizzer.

  34. tooz72 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:12 AM

    boomer would know with all the rings he’s won..oh, wait a second..

  35. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 5, 2014 11:12 AM

    So… Dalton shrunk when he DESTROYED pittsburgh on MNF in Week 2?!?

    280 yards – 1 td – 0 int

  36. petehemlock says: Mar 5, 2014 11:13 AM

    Sanchez has a much better playoff record and he looks great with corn rows and underaged rich girls.

  37. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 11:14 AM

    The much more absurd criticism is the criticism of Flacco. He somehow gets no genuine acknowledgement for having 18 touchdown passes and two interceptions between 2010 and 2012 in the playoffs, with two dropped game-winning touchdown passes. For comparison, Peyton Manning had 3 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions in his 2006 Super Bowl year playoffs. Brady had 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions between 2001 and 2004 in the playoffs. The funniest stuff is the comments of jumpballs to Boldin. Yeah, all those jumpballs were thrown to a blanket covered Boldin in a spot where either he caught the ball or nobody did. Those are some of the hardest throws to make. Compare that to Brady making a bunch of 7 yard throws to open receivers. Oh, and Brady has choked in 7 straight playoff trips.

    Too funny! The answer is obvious the Ravens are not a respected team for a lot of reasons, their whining coach, after whistle cheap shots(spitting in players faces) wife beating players, and of course Ray Lewis. And let’s not not forget the Creme d la Creme … The fans that chant foul language at referees loud enough to be picked up by tv mikes….need more reasons?

  38. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Mar 5, 2014 11:15 AM

    realdealsteel says: Mar 5, 2014 10:52 AM

    Boomer needs to shut up and stop showing his homerism.

    ——————-

    homerism? have you ever heard Boomer talk about the bengals? he throws shots at the organization every chance he gets.

  39. intelligent cement says: Mar 5, 2014 11:17 AM

    You’re a grown man. Stop calling yourself ‘Boomer”.
    Derp.

  40. babygaga19 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:20 AM

    Amazing how Boomer always has to be the center of attention.

    Yawn.

  41. psj3809 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:20 AM

    Hes the best Bengals QB in many years. I would love to have him at the Raiders.

    Granted stats don’t ‘always’ tell the truth but come on, Dalton has had some great games in the regular season, granted he was terrible in the playoffs but give him a chance. Not saying hes the next Manning but i remember when everyone was slating Manning in the playoffs everytime he lost.

    Yeah Dalton is the type of QB who needs help, he cant do it all himself but damn, 33 td’s last year ? In a pass happy league its still damn impressive and i’m no Bengals fan.

  42. 2ruefan says: Mar 5, 2014 11:25 AM

    I love how overly-critical fans seem to just overlook the accomplishment of GETTING your team to the playoffs to begin with. As if getting there is a foregone conclusion because your team is sooooo goood, and “one and done” PROVES that you are no good as a QB.
    You know how many team have not had a “one” in many years?
    There are currently 10 teams (Almost a third of the league) that have not been to the playoffs in four years or more.

    The Bills have not been there in 14! years.

    So, it’s just outright stupid to dismiss the significance of a QB playing well enough to get his team to the post-season.

    That being said.. Dalton DID play pretty poorly in that last visit to the Dance….

  43. twoticketstoparadise20 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:27 AM

    I would take Dalton over Ryan, Falco (Flacco), E. Manning, Rivers, Romo, Newton, or Kapernick. All “franchise” guys.

    ——————————————————-

    Well, that’d be your fault because you shouldn’t take him over a single one of them, let alone all of them. Not that the Bengals would be able to replace him with any of them, in that regard those who are suggesting that better options may not be available are probably correct. But let’s not get carried away with how good Dalton is…

  44. andreboy1 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:28 AM

    I don’t listen to ANY man that has bleach blonde hair.

  45. southpaw2k says: Mar 5, 2014 11:29 AM

    Dalton is dangerously close to going Full Romo at this point in his career.

    Isn’t he entering his contract year too? The Bengals have a pretty big decision to make as to whether they want to stick with him or look at QB prospects coming out of college in 2015.

  46. natigator says: Mar 5, 2014 11:29 AM

    The Bengals have weapons all over the field……two first round picks at TE with Gresham & Eifert, Gresham has been to the Pro Bowl.

    Bernard is a weapon any way you slice it. The law firm could be upgraded, but still serviceable.

    AJ Green has the makings for top 5 WR in football, Jones, Sanu, Hawkins, etc are all more than capable. This nonsense that it is Green and a bunch of stiffs really needs to stop

    The O-Line is solid, except for C. Whitworth is a Pro Bowler, Collins will be a desireable asset in free agency, Zeitler & Smith were first rounders.

    Dalton doesn’t play great against Pittsburgh & Baltimore (Cleveland too for that matter). These playoff meltdowns have done nothing but put his failures under a microscope and now is carrying a 600 lb red gorilla on his back. Much like Romo, and Peyton to some extent. The pressure to win in the postseason for all three almost guarantees they will choke

  47. ravenswhat says: Mar 5, 2014 11:30 AM

    Drrustbelt was psyched about this article until the sad reality of Andy’s playoff record and amazingly poor stats woke him up again.

  48. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 5, 2014 11:31 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:

    So… Dalton shrunk when he DESTROYED pittsburgh on MNF in Week 2?!?
    ————————————
    No, he waits until week 18 to shrink.

  49. alleycatzz says: Mar 5, 2014 11:31 AM

    “Esiason is trying to be nice, but the notion that he never had a season like Dalton had in 2013 is fairly ridiculous….Esiason led the league in passer rating and was named league MVP in 1988, and he was among the best handful of quarterbacks in the NFL for several years.”

    And when did he have those seasons? In year 3, like Dalton’s last season to which you are comparing him? Or maybe it was a couple of years later, after he hit the same bumps in the road, and, just like Dalton, overcame the legion of the uninformed and unreasonable who wanted to run him out of town. You’re right. It’s ridiculous.

    Child Please.

  50. beelicker says: Mar 5, 2014 11:33 AM

    Ummm … the first 2 years of his career he had AJ Green annnnnnd … & a wing & a prayer otherwise on ‘offense’.

    Last year was the 1st year of anything that resembles a complete NFL offense. Not to mention that he was still also but a 3rd year QB in the league & still improving on a learning curve …

  51. sdsmooth says: Mar 5, 2014 11:34 AM

    If Andy Dalton played for the Vikings they’s retire his number.

  52. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 11:34 AM

    So… Dalton shrunk when he DESTROYED pittsburgh on MNF in Week 2?!?

    280 yards – 1 td – 0 int

    It’s nice to win in week two but it’s nicer to win in the playoffs, but you can’t remember what it’s like because you were much too young the last time the one and dones won a playoff game….truly sad sad sad.

  53. josephgattuso says: Mar 5, 2014 11:35 AM

    @nofoolndroll

    You failed your argument and research course didn’t you?

    None of what you said has anything to do with Flacco. All Flacco did was say he thinks he is the best, just like any quarterback should think so. Then he went and had 11 touchdowns and no picks in the playoffs and had the highest passer rating in the Super Bowl since 1994.

    Flacco has had a 95+ passer rating in 7 of his last 8 playoff games. Flacco is on pace to be the best performing playoff quarterback in NFL history.

    And he gets called average. I consider that absurd criticism.

  54. stew48 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:38 AM

    Maybe, just maybe, Boomer was basing his comments on Dalton’s first three years he was 29-18 and Boomer’s first four years he was 23-29.
    That doesn’t mean Dalton is better than Boomer, but don’t think for a minute that Dalton is not a very good qb.

  55. realfootballfan says: Mar 5, 2014 11:42 AM

    If Hue Jackson can’t help him, I’m afraid he can’t be salvaged. Jackson won with Jason Campbell for Christ sake. Make or break year for him. If I were the Bengals, I’d have my eye on a guy like Garoppolo in the second round just in case they have to phase him out.

  56. bengalskuta82 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:48 AM

    Hmmm. Chargersdiehard
    Dalton hasnt lost a game at your Stadium. Even in his College days. Yes he sucks in the playoffs. I gotch ya..lol

  57. hakunamangata says: Mar 5, 2014 11:49 AM

    You give ANY team that offense minus Dalton, and Zimmer as DC and we’ll win a superbowl.

    Yes even Jacksonville with Chad Hennie at the helm.

  58. jetsmmt says: Mar 5, 2014 11:50 AM

    Sanchez has more playoff wins than Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, and Andy Dalton combined. Think about that.

  59. hor2012 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:52 AM

    I’m a Saints fan. So, I don’t have a horse in the race. That being said, I don’t think Dalton is a bad QB. To be honest part of the issue is what Cincy does on offense. There scheme is pretty ordianary.

  60. shayeezy says: Mar 5, 2014 11:53 AM

    andy dalton is living proof that it’s not about yards and touchdowns, it’s about being a good decision-maker and operating well under pressure. unfortunately for bengals fans, he is not, and does not.

  61. mogogo1 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:56 AM

    Much of the criticism is warranted because of the playoff disaster. But when you get into the habit of rapidly dumping QBs your franchise becomes Cleveland where every year or two brings in the new savior, only to have them gone in a year or two.

  62. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 11:59 AM

    You failed your argument and research course didn’t you?

    As a raven fan it goes without saying reading comprehension is not your strength so let me help you out. Flacco is part of the ravens, a team that is not respected for the afore mention reasons ……think for a second.i know I know it’s harder than one plus one, but just give it a try….it get easier with practice.

  63. nopepper123 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:05 PM

    I just don’t get the whole Dalton bashing thing. 3 years, 3 playoff appearences. I understand that he has yet to pull off the playoff win, but he’s only been around 3 years. Has Cam Newton pulled off the playoff win yet?? Wait, he’s only gotten into the playoffs once. Why doesn’t this guy get bashed? T. Romo? Who do you think Dalton should be replaced with? I pray they extend him now when the price is cheap cause in a year, it won’t be.

  64. kevpft says: Mar 5, 2014 12:14 PM

    The Dalton criticism is ridiculous. Not everyone can be Manning, Brady, or Brees. Peyton Manning pulled off the choke job for the ages in the last Super Bowl – how’s that for confirmation your QB isn’t going to get you where you need to go?

    11-5 in one of the hardest-fought divisions in football is not a fluke, not after two previous playoff years. Give the guy time to develop, for Pete’s sake. He’s just helped deliver the best success the team has had in ages – ever, in some ways. The Bengals should know better enough to realize this isn’t a problem.

  65. conjecture101 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:15 PM

    Reasons to care what Boomer thinks:

  66. t8ertot says: Mar 5, 2014 12:21 PM

    The article failed to mention Jay Gruden is mostly to blame for Dalton’s struggles. Good luck Redskins

  67. theclink12 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:21 PM

    Dalton chokes in the playoffs just like Kaepernick.

    Guess that means he will also be asking for 18 million per year.

  68. weepingjebus says: Mar 5, 2014 12:23 PM

    There should be a law that if you’re named Boomer, you are only allowed to speak in the third person.

    “Boomer never had a season like he did. Boomer sees good trajectory for Dalton. Boomer thinks everyone should calm down about this. Boomer going to find a sandwich now.”

  69. tindeaux says: Mar 5, 2014 12:28 PM

    perhaps the bengal fans forgot what it was like with an average qb….
    I think dalton is a good qb, just need to mature in decision makings.
    Good luck, andy!

  70. realfootballfan says: Mar 5, 2014 12:29 PM

    Also, I don’t understand exactly what Bengal fans who say he’s a choker in the playoffs expected him to put together from those couple of 8-8 seasons when they made the playoffs his first couple of years. They were going against a much better Houston team both times, even with Yates at QB. What did you expect, a deep playoff run?

    This past year’s home loss was the only inexcusable one.

  71. methoderik says: Mar 5, 2014 12:33 PM

    The easy answer as to why a lot of Cincinnati fans hate him: They can’t handle winning.
    For too long we have been starved of a winning environment, and now that we have one we have no idea how to handle it. This is the city that scared Carson Palmer out of town.
    I like Dalton. His stats are Awesome for a player his age and experience. The stats also don’t lie that he is only getting better.
    You want to start over with some unproven draft pick? Yeah no thanks. You want to bring in a Michael Vick? Yeah no thanks.
    Enjoy a winning team while you have it Cincy. History does not bode well for sustaining it.

  72. jeanoroid says: Mar 5, 2014 12:36 PM

    Bottom line is that Dalton is one of the better of the middling QB group. Those top five or six guys aren’t going to be available to this team so work it with what you got. Build a team to patch the holes..
    Most of the league is in a worse position..

  73. rutchaser says: Mar 5, 2014 12:38 PM

    Dont care…just get rid of Marvin and that scared look on his face on the sideline.

  74. northernwisc says: Mar 5, 2014 12:42 PM

    chargerdillon says:
    Mar 5, 2014 10:38 AM
    I would still take Andy Dalton over Tony Romo any day of the week.

    ———————————————–

    If that is the case – I want to be in a fantasy football league with you. Most of the Romo haters couldn’t even say that with a straight face…….

  75. bullcharger says: Mar 5, 2014 1:01 PM

    Dalton has not played well in a big game yet. He tends to fumble and throw picks. That said, the horrible game situation management by Marvin Lewis needs to be changed so that Dalton has a chance to succeed.

  76. Ed Bandell says: Mar 5, 2014 1:12 PM

    You’d take Andy Dalton over Joe Flacco…have fun never winning in the playoffs.

    Flacco is probably the best QB in the AFC North, I would say Rothlisberger is right there with him.

    Dalton HAS a team around him already. Has an elite WR, has a good ground game. There is no reason why he shouldn’t be winning.

    Ben and Joe have okay receivers, no offensive lines, and questionable ground games (at least last year for the Ravens).

  77. tjacks7 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:14 PM

    Dalton is an average QB. I don’t think he’ll ever be elite but you could definitely so a lot worse. I’d like to see what he does with the new coordinator. I think Jay Gruden was very overrated and his offense was pretty vanilla. I still can’t believe the 4th and 1 play-call that ultimately ended in Dalton throwing an uncatchable ball 40 yards down field and out of bounds. Great play design.

  78. FreewayJim says: Mar 5, 2014 1:16 PM

    Too early to give up on Dalton, he’ll be fine, maybe not an elite QB but you can win with him.

  79. boberto21 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:19 PM

    Lol at that moron who said Boomer was the Bengals best QB. That was a good laugh. And seriously AJ Green just barely top 5? He’s the second behind Megatron.

  80. rajbais says: Mar 5, 2014 1:24 PM

    Boomer has no credibility.

    He coddles overrated QBs that play for his ex-teams.

    He’s done it with Carson Palmer, Mark Sanchez, and now Dalton.

    Again, why did CBS keep him and not Shannon Sharpe?

  81. bengalsfan20 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:26 PM

    I’m just going to hope he turns out like Matt Ryan. It took him a few tries to win his first playoff game. This is honestly it for him this year, if he crumbles or regresses really bad, it’s time to make a change.

  82. footballfan says: Mar 5, 2014 1:28 PM

    Yes! The Bungles need to dump Dalton as soon as possible! Not too many things football make me happier than seeing Cincinnati lose all the time!

  83. metalhead65 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:32 PM

    what was the bengals record before he got there? 3 years 3 playoff appearances is not good enough? yes winning would be nice but ask a fan of the teams who did not make them if they would be happy with him as their qb. there is a reason you guys only write about the game instead of you know actually having something to do with running a team.

  84. gmfw7 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:33 PM

    i’ve always been confused at the bashing of andy daulton. he hasn’t been an elite QB by any means, but he has been far from bad as well. he’s going into his 4th season and has shown improvment in every season. it’s not like he was an early 1st round pick and expected to be great right off the bat. he was a 2nd rounder from a college that isn’t really known as a QB factory and wasn’t expected to be that good in the nfl. he responded by making the pro bowl his rookie year and winning offensive player of the month last season. i would’ve loved to have him as the QB of the eagles in ’11 and ’12. let him continue to progress, add a few more weapons on offense, solidify the o-line, and continue to add to that defense and they’ll be a perennial playoff team for the forseable future.

  85. 52lightsxout52 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:50 PM

    This reminds me of the way Chicago fans treat Jay Cutler. Bengals fans need to calm down and understand that while Dalton isn’t the greatest, he’s still better than a majority of NFL starting quarterbacks. As long as the coaches continue to get him to minimize mistakes, and the front office continues to surround him with good players, he will be fine. As an example, look at how Jay Cutler’s performance has changed since the Bears rebuilt their offensive line and acquired some real WR’s for him to throw to…

  86. thatstinks says: Mar 5, 2014 2:07 PM

    Why can’t a team say ” We are bringing in a qb to compete for the starting job for fairness to the rest of the team . No handouts in the NFL .” ? Is a qb’s psyche really that fragile ?

  87. zibet says: Mar 5, 2014 2:28 PM

    You put Flacco on the bengals and they would have played in one of the last 2 superbowls.

  88. si1m says: Mar 5, 2014 2:49 PM

    Dalton beats up bad competition, wilts like a water-starved Ginger plant against anyone above .500.

    Its immensely obvious how much he’s propped up by AJ Green. One of the best WR talents to come out in years.

  89. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 2:51 PM

    Its immensely obvious how much he’s propped up by AJ Green. One of the best WR talents to come out in years.

    Just like Boldin propped up JumBallJoe….right?

  90. rbirving says: Mar 5, 2014 3:15 PM

    anyone who’s had more experience at the position in the NFL would know more about it than Boomer which means…. no one here.

  91. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 5, 2014 4:04 PM

    They weren’t sniffing the playoffs until Dalton

  92. joemammy says: Mar 5, 2014 4:14 PM

    Brandon Weeden will be available soon…and is willing to compete with Andy.

    Besides, you can never have too many gingers.

  93. bonniebengal says: Mar 5, 2014 5:55 PM

    Dalton will have a breakout year this year IF they cut or demote Kyle Cook. The guy’s a revolving door. That last playoff game Dalton had zero time to throw the majority of the time. Cook was the weak link.

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