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Hue Jackson: Dalton, Green give Bengals the NFL’s best QB-WR pair


Are Andy Dalton and A.J. Green the best pass-catch combination in the NFL? They are according to the man who calls plays in Cincinnati.

Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Dalton and Green are the best quarterback-receiver pair in football.

“I know people will fight that and say differently,” Jackson said. “But I’ve watched these guys; these guys are grown. They’ve come in together, they started off hot, they’re still hot. Every year, statistically, they’ve gotten better. But at the end of the day, they’re both chasing something else. They’re both chasing getting this team beyond a playoff win and on to the Super Bowl. I think both of these guys are in the prime of their careers. They work very hard together, they know each other pretty well. And like I said, I wouldn’t trade the two guys for anybody at this point, because these guys know how to do it together.”

Jackson isn’t doing the Bengals any favors as they plan future contract extensions with Dalton and Green: You can bet both players’ agents will remind Bengals owner Mike Brown that the offensive coordinator considers them the best pair in the NFL, and ask to be paid accordingly.

But Jackson’s comments may be more about showing his players that he’s confident in them than actually offering an objective assessment of the best quarterback-receiver pairings in the NFL. We’ll let PFT Planet weigh in on whether Dalton and Green are actually the best.

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102 Responses to “Hue Jackson: Dalton, Green give Bengals the NFL’s best QB-WR pair”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 30, 2014 12:53 PM

    Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith? Really?

  2. Spymaster Belichick says: Jun 30, 2014 12:55 PM

    LOL, wow.

  3. iceburgskin202 says: Jun 30, 2014 12:56 PM

    Hue Jackson doesn’t believe what he said and neither should we!!!

  4. theneedforspeeed says: Jun 30, 2014 12:57 PM


  5. 24framedavinci says: Jun 30, 2014 1:00 PM

    A.J. is so good that even when stuck with Dalton, they’re still the best duo.

  6. jazsrt says: Jun 30, 2014 1:00 PM

    Not even top 5.

  7. eaglesw00t says: Jun 30, 2014 1:02 PM

    Sorry…any QB and Megatron is automatically the best.

    Look at Daunte and Moss. Daunte chucked it up and Moss pulled it down.

    Thats what Megatron does. Throw it in his direction and he will dominate everyone. He is like a grown man playing with 12 year old children. The guy is an animal for real.

    /jealous Eagles fan off

  8. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 30, 2014 1:02 PM

    Ask yourself two questions:

    1. Would you rather have Green than Calvin Johnson?

    2. Would you rather have Dalton than Matt Stafford?

    – Titans Fan

  9. therealbillybuffalo says: Jun 30, 2014 1:02 PM

    Ej Manuel and Sammy Watkins are the best pair in the league.

  10. clashpoint says: Jun 30, 2014 1:03 PM

    Hue’s gotta talk up his guys, that was for their ears not ours. The rest of us know better and can name lots of better pairs, but that’s ok. Perhaps they needed the confidence boost or something. LolBengals.

  11. rutchaser says: Jun 30, 2014 1:03 PM

    He’s just making up for Marvin’s lack of confidence.

  12. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 30, 2014 1:03 PM

    “Greatest trade ever….”

    Enough said.

  13. gocaps8 says: Jun 30, 2014 1:04 PM

    Takes quite a ‘pair’ to make that kind of statement publicly.

  14. goldbloodedindfw says: Jun 30, 2014 1:05 PM

    I know hes gonna say stuff like that cause they’re his players but come on…

  15. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 30, 2014 1:06 PM

    Jake Locker Kendall Wright is top 5 at the least.

  16. dxh02 says: Jun 30, 2014 1:07 PM

    “Hahahaha…” seems like the only appropriate response

  17. udontknowjaq says: Jun 30, 2014 1:08 PM

    Ben & Brown! better then half those combos…

  18. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jun 30, 2014 1:10 PM

    I like Hue’s optimism. I hope Andy Dalton proves him right. There’s no question in my mind about AJ. I still spend time scratching my head about Dalton though. I hope he keeps progressing.

  19. ctiggs says: Jun 30, 2014 1:11 PM

    Kaep and Crabtree/Boldin

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 30, 2014 1:11 PM

    Sounds like something one of the Ryans would say about their players. Jackson is a smoke blower.

  21. psly2124 says: Jun 30, 2014 1:12 PM

    Hue loves his guys to a fault. But he gets results from them. Aj green is the 2nd best receiver in the nfl.

  22. opinevain says: Jun 30, 2014 1:12 PM

    I dont expect any coach to nominate another player as best QB, RB, WR other than its own.

  23. hakunamangata says: Jun 30, 2014 1:13 PM

    I think they should start drug testing the coaches…

  24. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 30, 2014 1:14 PM

    Looking forward to the day Bridgewater-Patterson makes that list.

  25. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Jun 30, 2014 1:14 PM

    Okay. We heard it hear 1st! (ROFLMBO)

  26. 106reasons says: Jun 30, 2014 1:15 PM

    Calvin Johnson’s girlfriend wants to molly-wop Hue Jackson for this statement. And Hue deserves it.

    PS – Thank you, PFT, for introducing “molly wop” to my vocabulary.

  27. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 30, 2014 1:15 PM

    Lol, I guess it’s official.

  28. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 30, 2014 1:16 PM

    Clearly, Stafford and Megatron. Yeah BABY! That just happened!

  29. khenien says: Jun 30, 2014 1:18 PM

    Hue sniffed glue before he did this interview.

  30. dabears2485 says: Jun 30, 2014 1:18 PM

    Says the guy that gave the Bengals a gift when he stupidly traded first AND second round picks to the Bengals, then was rewarded for his insider trading when he was rightly fired by the Raiders and hired by the Bengals.

    I vote Rodgers and Nelson. I live in Wisconsin and watch them just as much as my Bears. They’re chemistry on the football field is nothing short of special. Calvin Johnson may be the best, but Stafford just chucks it up to him. Rodgers places that ball in pinpoint spots and trusts Nelson to make the same reads, and he does.

  31. teamnorsecore says: Jun 30, 2014 1:19 PM

    This story upsets Packer fans. The insist Rodgers and the Team’s Waterboy are superior to anyone else…..just ask them.

  32. ruthlessburgher says: Jun 30, 2014 1:20 PM

    I’ll take Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown over Andy Dalton and A.J. Green all day.

  33. workin4theweekend says: Jun 30, 2014 1:20 PM

    As a Bengals fan: No. Just No.

  34. zibet says: Jun 30, 2014 1:22 PM

    Other than the fact that Dalton can’t throw half the routes AJ Green could run – he’s absolutely right.

  35. steelerben says: Jun 30, 2014 1:23 PM

    AJ Green is definitely a beast. He’s drawing double and triple coverage on every play, but Andy Dalton just doesn’t have what it takes to be elite. He’s a good enough QB, but he isn’t going to be throwing his guys open or being the field general that you expect a top teir QB to be.

    Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall is a pretty serious combination. They’ve proved it on not one, but two different teams. They’re on the same page completely and both are playing at a high level.

    Megatron + (Other) is always going to be potent because Calvin Johnson is going to go down in history as one of the best to play the position, but you can’t call them tops because Stafford is so inconsistant.

    Peyton Manning and Demariyus Thomas are probably the best combo in the league. Individually they are in the top 5 at their positions. Together, with Peyton shifting the offense and putting Thomas into space, they’re a pretty leathal duo.

  36. watchdawg1103 says: Jun 30, 2014 1:23 PM

    I’m not a fan of Jay Cutler at all. But when you have Brandon Marshall as a target also, they have to be in the conversation.

  37. lionswinsuperbowl says: Jun 30, 2014 1:25 PM

    Stafford to CJ

  38. footballfan72 says: Jun 30, 2014 1:28 PM

    Did he say this before or after he approved drafting Jamarcus Russell and Darius Heyward Bey in Oakland? Bwhahahahahaha

  39. rogcar2 says: Jun 30, 2014 1:29 PM

    Johnny Football and Sammy Watkins!!

    Oh yeah… that didn’t happen.

  40. gorilladunk says: Jun 30, 2014 1:29 PM

    The mystery of the Raiders inability to scout players becomes clearer. This guy was the HEAD COACH, for god’s sake (albeit not very long). If he can’t objectively look at talent and make better decisions than this, he’s an idiot!

  41. marcinhouston says: Jun 30, 2014 1:30 PM

    Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham if the arbitration ruling goes against the Saints.

  42. beardinals says: Jun 30, 2014 1:34 PM

    Must be June

  43. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jun 30, 2014 1:35 PM


    Joe Flacco – Steve Smith Sr

  44. uglydingo says: Jun 30, 2014 1:37 PM

    Hugh must really love AJ Green, because Andy Dalton isn’t even in the top 15 QBs in the NFL – maybe he just cracks the top 20?

  45. flannlv says: Jun 30, 2014 1:37 PM

    You know who you didn’t see on the list? Brees and Graham because Graham is a TE.

  46. hogdropalogonbigd says: Jun 30, 2014 1:38 PM

    RG3 to Pierre Garcon. Deadly.

  47. dino2997 says: Jun 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    Manning spreads the ball around too much. Stafford is wildly inconsistent and everyone know C Johnson is the one that carries that combo.

    I’d have to go with Cutler/Marshall or Rodgers/Nelson. Although after this season you may be replacing the receivers with Jeffrey or Cobb.

  48. vottorific says: Jun 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    Mr. Jackson just cant keep his foot out of his mouth. Still cant believe he got that job. He has a long way to go to earn my respect.

  49. doctorrustbelt says: Jun 30, 2014 1:44 PM

    Dalton = Green

    Manning = Thomas/Welker/Decker/Thomas
    Cutler = Marshall/Jeffery/Bennett
    Rodgers = Nelson/Jones/Boykin
    Ryan = White/Jones/Gonzalez
    Brees = Colston/Graham/Sproles

    Stafford = Johnson

  50. flaccoishermanmunster says: Jun 30, 2014 1:45 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA….They’re not even the best tandem in the AFC North! 7+84=6 All day.

  51. CKL says: Jun 30, 2014 1:45 PM

    I’d take Aaron Rodgers and just about anyone. He is the textbook definition of “Qb who makes his WRs look better”. He has at least 2 or 3 passes every game where I just shake my head and think how did he make that throw that accurate while under duress, etc.?? I’m not a big QB lover but I will tune in to GB games just to watch him play. He is the most accurate passer I have ever seen. He has 0 physical flaws in his game.

    Pats fan

  52. dethsupport says: Jun 30, 2014 1:48 PM

    This guy needs a diaper for his mouth.

  53. doctorfootball says: Jun 30, 2014 1:49 PM

    Ha! Even Hue Jackson doesn’t truly believe that

  54. jerrydesaulniers says: Jun 30, 2014 1:51 PM

    Maybe the best receivers in the league, but Dalton? Really? I see the Bengals as a top team IF they get improved Qb play.

  55. jvkaimak says: Jun 30, 2014 1:53 PM

    By seasons end, it’s going to be RG3 & Desean Jackson for the next 5 seasons. REDSKINS is not offensive. Go skins!!!

  56. 6ball says: Jun 30, 2014 1:55 PM

    Dalton and Jones smoke all the secondaries in the playoffs when the games really count.

  57. johngaltwho says: Jun 30, 2014 1:55 PM

    Aaron Rodgers and plug-name-in-here are the best QB-receiver duo in the league.

  58. cincyalldaway says: Jun 30, 2014 1:57 PM

    I’d say since Andy and AJ have pretty much beat almost every combo in this poll, maybe he’s not that far off! I notice their was no mention of that overpaid turd Flacco or any of his flunkies on here. Probably because AJ and Andy are better than anything the Baltimorons can field! LMAO

  59. getadealdonealready says: Jun 30, 2014 1:58 PM

    says the guy fired by the Raiders

  60. tjacks7 says: Jun 30, 2014 2:05 PM

    Problem with this logic is that Peyton, Rodgers, Brady, Brees, etc are so much better than Dalton that they could be throwing to high schoolers and still be a better “combo”.

  61. dowhatifeellike says: Jun 30, 2014 2:09 PM

    Such a good pair, they really get it done in the playoffs.

    from their playoff game last year
    Result of possession:
    field goal
    end of half
    end of game

  62. thenewguy12 says: Jun 30, 2014 2:09 PM

    What this article doesnt mention is that Hue was giggling like a schoolgirl with fingers crossed after saying that.

  63. dowhatifeellike says: Jun 30, 2014 2:10 PM

    AJ had 3 catches for 34 yards in the game. 0TD.

  64. doctorrustbelt says: Jun 30, 2014 2:17 PM

    REMIND ME: Who are Peyton/Rodgers/Brady/Brees receivers?!?

    Oh, Yeah… Thomas/Welker/Decker/Thomas/Nelson/Jones/Boykin/Colston/Graham/Sproles/Welker/Moss/Gronkowski/Hernandez/etc.

  65. dws123 says: Jun 30, 2014 2:17 PM

    Depending on how the Hoyer/Manziel experiment goes and the Josh Gordon situation plays out, Cinci might not even have the best pairing in the division by the end of 2014.

    And yes, I’m shocked that I just wrote that.

  66. milkcan44 says: Jun 30, 2014 2:23 PM

    Only certainty is that it’s a whole lot better than the QB-WR combo Jackson assembled in Oakland.

  67. deathonwings410 says: Jun 30, 2014 2:25 PM

    Andy Dalton and Aj Green are best at choking/disappearing in the playoffs.

  68. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 30, 2014 2:26 PM

    Best combo in the NFL:
    Dalton + playoff opponent’s cornerback

  69. montrealraider says: Jun 30, 2014 2:27 PM

    Hue being Hue lol

  70. deadeye says: Jun 30, 2014 2:36 PM

    Off the top of my head:

    Brees/Graham (he’s a WR, remember?)

    Hue needs to stop taking Bengal press releases to heart.

  71. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    Marvin Jones would have 70 catches and 10 TDs with any of those other QB’s listed.

  72. bradyisyourdaddy says: Jun 30, 2014 2:50 PM

    Tom Brady and the lollipop guild > Andy Dalton and AJ Green

  73. axespray says: Jun 30, 2014 2:51 PM

    Anyone with eyes – go watch some Rodgers to Jordy clips.

    Then try and say anyone else is better.

    Scrambling Back-Shoulder Throw 40+ yards downfield, Jordy tip toeing as he falls down.

    ‘nough said.

  74. vikinganswer says: Jun 30, 2014 2:53 PM

    Can I have some of what Hue is having?

  75. bengalguy says: Jun 30, 2014 3:13 PM

    Yep sounds about right. When you factor in age, stats, win total in 3 seasons. Is there anyone even close????? All the other Recievers have moved on from there aging QB’s. LOOK IT UP HATERS! IN THE LAST 3 YEARS, DALTON TO AJ IS THE BEST 2 MAN COMBO IN THE LEAGUE!

  76. rodgersfeeblecollarbone says: Jun 30, 2014 3:15 PM

    I almost started crying due to hilarity when I saw you actually put Rodgers and Nelson on the list.

    Ya, a feeble QB that won’t make it past Suh or Allen hitting him this year now that his pathetic, fragile bones are turning to dust from years of drug abuse mixed with a WR that if not for a handful of catches from the above mentioned QB would be catching fish from a butcher at some deli somewhere while he dreams about not being a loser….ya…. I’d take Orlovsky to Charles Rogers over those misfits.

  77. hehatemyfootballteam says: Jun 30, 2014 3:21 PM

    matt stafford titus young

  78. nyking1963 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:29 PM

    I understand it’s convenient to knock Andy Dalton and the Bengals, especially because of his playoff record, but the guy has only been in the league for 3 years. Have any of you “experts” ever compared his first 3 regular season and playoff numbers to Peyton Manning? I’m not saying Dalton’s going to be Manning, but if he’s a terrible QB than what does thart make Manning in his first 3 years?

    Regular Season Manning
    Comp % YDS TD INT Rating
    56.7 3739 26 28 71.2
    62.1 4135 26 15 90.7
    62.5 4413 33 15 94.7

    58.1 3398 20 13 80.4
    62.3 3669 27 16 87.4
    61.9 4293 33 20 88.8

    Playoffs Manning
    45.2 227 0 2 62.3
    53.1 194 1 0 82.0
    45.2 137 0 2 31.2

    64.3 257 0 3 51.4
    46.7 127 0 1 44.7
    56.9 334 1 2 67.0

  79. flushdownmikebrown says: Jun 30, 2014 3:39 PM

    Did they forget about Geno Smith and Santonio Holmes? come on man…..

  80. bhinrichs9 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:42 PM

    Romo and Bryant?

  81. zack2482 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:01 PM

    Romo and Bryant have to be up there. Romo is way better than Dalton and Dez is right up there with Green.

  82. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 30, 2014 4:08 PM

    wow… understand bias and trying to spur your team but sometimes comments are so dumb the trump the intent.. this is one of those

    love Green.. think he is one of the 3-4 true elite WRs but Dalton is a solid but below avg NFL starting QB

  83. bigpoppa5501 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:16 PM

    Maybe in the regular season.

  84. bengalskuta82 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:19 PM

    Hmm, not sure if they’re the best combo but they are in the middle of the top5 QB/Wr combos

  85. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 30, 2014 4:24 PM

    RG3 and DJax/PGarcon

  86. ravensenvysteelers says: Jun 30, 2014 4:28 PM

    Hahaha! Oh you bungles!!

  87. bengalguy says: Jun 30, 2014 4:31 PM

    Whether you love or hate AJ Green, and whether you love or hate Andy Dalton, the proof is all on paper! If all you haters are going to knock Andy Dalton for his playoff shortcomings, then you gotta give him his due during the regular season. Figures don’t lie. No QB/ WR combo is better the last 3 years for wins, yards & TDs….NOBODY!

  88. realmenwearstripes says: Jun 30, 2014 4:44 PM

    Eli Manning and any cornerback.

  89. realmenwearstripes says: Jun 30, 2014 4:46 PM

    Dalton has improved every year. He will silence his critics this year.

  90. tae323 says: Jun 30, 2014 5:05 PM

    M. Saffold and C. Johnson
    A. Rodgers and J. Nelson
    T. Romo and D. Bryant
    D. Brees and J. Graham(can make argument he’s a wr)
    P. Manning and D. Thomas
    than maybe A. Dalton and A.J Green

  91. simonator917 says: Jun 30, 2014 5:12 PM

    The best quarterback/receiver pair, IMO, is pretty much whoever Aaron Rodgers is throwing to.

  92. r8drbehindenemylines says: Jun 30, 2014 5:14 PM

    Looks like Hue’s rekindled his love for getting face time with the media. His skill as a offensive game planner/manager is matched only by his ability to position himself for the next job.

  93. faithful209er says: Jun 30, 2014 5:21 PM


  94. athwartships says: Jun 30, 2014 5:33 PM

    Everyone thinks their kids are the cutest.

  95. trajinous says: Jun 30, 2014 5:35 PM

    Dalton > Stafford

    AJ Green = Megatron

  96. bengalsucker says: Jun 30, 2014 5:52 PM

    As much as we all know this is a crock, what did you expect the guy to say? He’s doing this for his players. Not any of us. We all know Dalton is terrible. They haven’t scratched the surface of AJ’s potential with Dalton the helm and they won’t because you can’t give a guy more arm strength. Having your coach show this much confidence in you can do wonders.

  97. voyager6 says: Jun 30, 2014 8:23 PM

    Wasn’t Hue saying a month or two ago that Dalton has to work hard to win. Now he is part of the best combo.

    Methinks that Hue need to zip it. Dalton’s biggest weakness is responding to expectations, i.e., pressure. Example: his failure in big games.

  98. realfootballfan says: Jun 30, 2014 8:54 PM

    Well, Jackson’s right about half of it. With Josh Gordon doped out of the league and Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald starting to decline, I’d take him over any other receiver. Dalton, not so much, and I think privately, Jackson and the rest of the Bengal staff would agree.

  99. footballchic777 says: Jul 1, 2014 1:06 PM

    If you are going to put Megatron and Dez up there with their QBs, then there is no reason Dalton shouldn’t be there with AJ. AJ is definitely at the top of the heap, and at least Andy has gotten Cincinnati to the playoffs ALL 3 of the years he has QBd! Romo can’t make it, and Stafford is more unreliable than Dalton! Not saying Dalton/Green is number 1, but they are in the conversation. And versus all of the longtime veteran QBs you are comparing them too, I’ll side with my Bengals duo!

  100. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 1, 2014 5:00 PM

    Who Dey think gonna beat dem Bengals?

  101. jayfish6402 says: Jul 4, 2014 10:28 PM

    They are a very great pair, but Stafford to Megatron and Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery beats them. Even though Cutler is a bad QB, the recievers are incredible. Even though i’m a Packers fan, i’m trying to be realistic.

  102. jimmyjames65 says: Jul 5, 2014 10:35 AM

    cincyalldaway says: I just look at the stats and don’t really know anything about football. Dalton is the real turd who can’t win a playoff game. Flacco is a way better QB and Ozzie Newsome killed the draft and FA again (that didn’t take long). Bengals window has closed and they won’t win the division. They’ll be lucky to make the playoffs. Hell, Hoyer is probably a better QB than Andy. Ever see a QB and receiver so over-rated.

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