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Chris Crocker feels Andy Dalton could benefit from mentor in backup role

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In three seasons as starting quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals, Andy Dalton has led the team to three straight playoff appearances and an AFC North division crown.

However, all three playoff appearances have come up empty as the Bengals are still searching for their first playoff victory since 1990.

Dalton has been a solid starter for Cincinnati since taking over the starting job as a rookie in 2011. Dalton was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie and has improved statistically each season. Dalton threw for over 4,000 yards with 33 touchdowns in helping the Bengals win their division for the first time since 2009.

However, a dismal playoff showing against the San Diego Chargers that including three turnovers by Dalton (two interceptions and a fumble) left the Bengals once again watching the playoffs after the opening weekend.

Former Bengals safety, and current free agent, Chris Crocker feels a mentor in the backup quarterback role would be beneficial for Dalton to learn from in order to take the next step.

“That’s something that really think Andy is missing is that sort of mentor,” Crocker said, in an interview with Alex Marvez and Zig Fracassi on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “Coaches can tell you one thing and they can say what they’ve seen and situations they’ve been in, but it’s different coming from an older guy. At the least I’d like to see that happen for him to have a real mentor.”

Dalton hasn’t had that long-time veteran starter to learn from during his three years in Cincinnati. Bruce Gradkowski was the backup for Dalton’s first two seasons with Josh Johnson serving in the reserve role last season. The pair have just 25 starts combined in parts of 14 seasons in the league.

Crocker said he still feels the Bengals are Dalton’s team and he can be successful. He just thinks a veteran presence could help Dalton improve by having an experienced set of eyes to bounce ideas off of.

“I definitely would like to see an older veteran sitting behind Andy helping him out,” Crocker said.

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30 Responses to “Chris Crocker feels Andy Dalton could benefit from mentor in backup role”
  1. andreboy1 says: Mar 18, 2014 12:13 AM

    They should have signed Weeden.

    It would have been the first father-son QB tandem in league history.

  2. jjb0811 says: Mar 18, 2014 12:17 AM

    He ought to call P Manning. Famous for 8 1 & done’s and 2 SB chokes. Perfect mentor. After 17 years of playing still can’t get down a shotgun snap?

  3. hakunamangata says: Mar 18, 2014 12:18 AM

    Honestly, it couldn’t hurt.

  4. stevemo says: Mar 18, 2014 12:20 AM

    Jeff George works out regularly and is eagerly waiting for this sort of opportunity. Make it happen.

  5. jdphx says: Mar 18, 2014 12:29 AM

    Last year it was PacMan “mentioning” Dalton’s
    struggles… this year another teammate. Gotta
    wonder if the locker room is starting to doubt the kid?

  6. mikelitoris1 says: Mar 18, 2014 12:49 AM

    “Me! Me Me!”

    – Jeff George

  7. taosravenfan says: Mar 18, 2014 1:04 AM

    What he is missing is a bonafide AFCN arm and a real set if stones.

  8. shovelhunter says: Mar 18, 2014 1:29 AM

    Or how about a veteran receiver that has personally worked with other good qb’s. Aside from Gresham’s work with palmer there’s never ever been a receiver to say to Dalton during practice hey this is how Peyton or Brett or whoever used to deal with that or when he saw certain coverage’s.

  9. andreweac says: Mar 18, 2014 2:21 AM

    Can a veteran push Dalton’s will to win and increase his arm velocity?

  10. joetoronto says: Mar 18, 2014 4:11 AM

    It’s plain as day to me that Dalton just doesn’t have it, he doesn’t have what it takes to put the team on his back when they need him to.

    I’m not trying to slam the guy but seriously, he’s soft upstairs and he has a soft arm.

  11. bonniebengal says: Mar 18, 2014 5:27 AM

    Believe me, Andy Dalton improved immediately the day they cut Kyle Cook.

  12. sewalters79 says: Mar 18, 2014 6:13 AM

    You can have Jason Campbell…Browns Fan

  13. danslonestarblog says: Mar 18, 2014 6:46 AM

    Too bad Brandon weeden signed with Dallas

  14. troy43mvp says: Mar 18, 2014 6:54 AM

    The rest of the division will benefit if you offer him a Flacco contract!!

  15. cylondetector says: Mar 18, 2014 7:04 AM

    “Fans feel that the Bengals could benefit from Andy Dalton in back-up role”

  16. ravenswhat says: Mar 18, 2014 7:11 AM

    They do that and the mentor will take his job after another one of his awesome 4th qtr meltdowns.

  17. londonbengal says: Mar 18, 2014 7:28 AM

    I think Crocker is right. Sometimes Dalton has cut a pretty lonesome figure out there.

    He’ll get better leadership from Hue Jackson than he did from Gruden, and a greater emphasis on the run from Jackson will help Dalton too.

    Jason Campbell looks a likely candidate, having worked with Jackson in Oakland

  18. cylondetector says: Mar 18, 2014 7:30 AM

    “Fans feel that the Bengals could benefit from Andy Dalton in back-up role”

  19. cylondetector says: Mar 18, 2014 7:31 AM

    “Fans feel that the Bengals could benefit from Andy Dalton in back-up role.”

  20. doubleogator says: Mar 18, 2014 7:49 AM

    Andy Dalton gets a bad rap too often…

  21. cylondetector says: Mar 18, 2014 7:57 AM

    “Fans feel that the Bengals could benefit from Andy Dalton in back-up role..”

  22. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 18, 2014 8:15 AM

    Dalton throws the ball to the other team too often. That’s the problem.

  23. ajgreenhof says: Mar 18, 2014 8:25 AM

    I think he could benefit from the rest of the team showing up during playoff season.

  24. realnflmaster says: Mar 18, 2014 8:41 AM

    Lol, Chris Crocker……….what does this guy know?

  25. bonniebengal says: Mar 18, 2014 9:21 AM

    Jon Kitna could come back.

  26. mikebrowncincinnati says: Mar 18, 2014 9:27 AM

    The Bengals would benefit by putting Andy Doh!ton in a back up role

  27. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 18, 2014 10:02 AM

    I think Dalton and the Bengals as a whole would benefit by having at least 1 player on their entire roster or coaching staff who has won at least one playoff game.

  28. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 18, 2014 12:02 PM

    How about a REAL #2 wide receiver?!?

    Marvin Jones is a #3 wr masquerading as a #2 wr.

    If you can’t CONSISTENTLY get separation…. you are not a high quality #2 wide receiver.

  29. revren10 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:19 PM

    Maybe Bengals should bring in Akili Smith I hear he is a free agent and would be a great mentor since he was so successful

  30. bengalsfan81 says: Mar 19, 2014 11:47 AM

    He’ll be fine if he doesn’t try to force the ball to Green and spread the ball out. Should be alot better with Hue as OC. He’s also improved every year but i agree need a vet as backup.

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