Andy Dalton’s passer rating was fifth worst since 1960 for QBs with at least 30 attempts

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Andy Dalton was awful Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns.

How bad exactly? There are a myriad of stats that try to put into perspective just how horrid Dalton was tonight in Cincinnati.

Dalton completed just 10 of 33 passes for 86 yards and three interceptions and a passer rating of 2.0.

According to STATS, Inc., Dalton is the first quarterback since Scott Brunner of the New York Giants to post a passer rating of 2.0 or less with at least 30 attempts in a game. Brunner completed just 10 of 35 passes for 108 yards and four interceptions against the St. Louis Cardinals on Dec. 4, 1983.

It’s just the fifth time since 1960 a quarterback has posted a passer rating of 2.0 or less since 1960 in games with at least 30 attempted passes. In addition to Brunner, Gary Marangi of the Buffalo Bills (0.0; Nov. 21, 1976 vs. San Diego), Pete Beathard of the Houston Oilers (0.6; Oct. 12, 1969 vs. Kansas City) and Norm Snead of the Washington Redskins (0.5; Nov. 26, 1961 vs. Baltimore) also posted similar performances to Dalton.

Also per STATS, Inc., it’s the worst passer rating for a quarterback with at least 20 attempts since Jeff Garcia posted a 0.0 rating for Cleveland against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 19, 2004. Garcia completed 8 of 27 passes for 71 yards with three interceptions.

Luke McCown of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the last quarterback to post a passer rating of 2.0 of less on at least 15 attempted passes. McCown completed 6 of 19 passes for 59 yards against the New York Jets on Sept. 18, 2011.

Dalton’s 30 percent completion percentage is the worst for a quarterback with at least 30 attempts since Stan Gelbaugh went 9 of 31 for 66 yards for the Seattle Seahawks against the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 13, 1992.

In closing, Dalton did many things tonight (all bad) that haven’t been done this badly in a long time.

109 responses to “Andy Dalton’s passer rating was fifth worst since 1960 for QBs with at least 30 attempts

  1. What team in their right mind would sign a stiff like Andy Dalton to a huge multi-year deal. It boggles my mind.

  2. I kept expecting to see the backup quarterback come out for the next series. I wonder how long Cincy needs to evaluate Dalton before realizing that he is not the long-term answer at quarterback. He simply cannot perform in big games.

  3. Well thanks Andy, I thought I had seen some bad QB performances in Bengal history but this one took the cake. Hell I would have rather had Akili Smith back there tonight.

  4. Bengals fans join me for a laughing session to heal in a positive light.

    Never mind, I just need to find my best whiskey.

    On a serious note, has there ever been an organization that cripples under the prime time lights more than these guys?

    Just pathetic.

  5. ‘Gary Maranqui of the Buffalo Bills (0.0; Nov. 21, 1976 vs. San Diego)’ should read ‘Gary Marangi of the Buffalo Bills (0.0; Nov. 21, 1976 vs. San Diego)’

    He was a truly crappy QB.

  6. Worst QB performance since Colin Kaepernick @ Seattle Seahawks last season:

    13/28 (46%), 127 yards (4.5 YPA)
    0 TDs, 3 INTs,
    3 sacks, 1 fumble (lost)
    20.1 passer rating

    2011 was a truly terrible QB class. How these particular two trashbags managed to wrangle $100 million dollar contracts from their organizations is appalling!

  7. Watching a bit of the game late tonight, I couldn’t figure out why they were bothering to play the 4th quarter at all. If the NFL wants to reduce injury risk, why not just end games like this at the 45-minute mark? Certainly the Bengals had no business playing their starters in the 4th. Those guys looked completely disinterested.

  8. I had Rivers, Romo and Dalton as my 3 QBs this week… Rivers is off, Romo may or may not play, so this was a Thursday night game I had to start Dalton.

    So in the last two weeks of Romo being injured I’ve gotten -6 points out of my starting QBs (ESPN scoring). That has to be a first for someone not trying to tank their team.

  9. I can’t defend Dalton anymore he is a problem on this team but he is not the only problem on this team. Bengals will go nowhere with him at qb just face it Bengals fans.

    The offense as a whole just stinks. Receivers when they even got open dropped easy passes. Not that it matters because Dalton was terrible. Sanu is the only one that gives a damn out there the rest couldn’t care less even AJ and that’s disappointing. I don’t really blame Hill for the fumble that can be forgiven he’s a rookie. I think teams have figured out Hue’s offense pretty quick and he hasn’t adjusted.

    The offensive line is one of the worst in the league. Only guy worth anything on that line is Whitworth the rest are horrible. I’m surprised Newhouse is even in the league, I didn’t think it could get any worse than Andre but wow I was wrong.

    The defensive line and linebackers are horrible, mainly the defensive line. Dunlap is the only one even doing anything the rest get no pressure whatsoever. That makes it hard on the linebackers who 2/3 right now are backups. The secondary is actually the only bright spot on the defense, no issues with them.

    The coaching, major changes need to be made and soon. It’s time to cut ties with Marvin, his teams are never going to be inspired for big games. Clean house, this group has taken them as far as they’re going to go.

    This team is toast mentally, they’re finished they’re beat and this season will be 8 wins if they’re lucky. It’s ridiculous with how much talent they have and still nothing comes of it year in and year out.

  10. There are only a handful of teams that have true “Franchise” QB’s .. If you aren’t one of them build a team designed to run the football and play tough defense. If Your are one of them .. build a team designed to run the football and play tough defense.

  11. Take the football out of his hands & insert a clipboard … that’s what he’s capable of being … a seldom used 3rd string qb.

  12. In related news Dalton is questionable for next week with a concussion after punching himself in the face while attempting to take his cleats off in the locker room after the game

  13. That extension that they gave him though. What was this team thinking ? One of the worst contracts as well as decisions in all of sports

  14. This guy continues to crap the bed in big game situations, how people continue to defend him is beyond me.

  15. Ha!!! Another bungle in the jungle.
    It’s now clear who the true beast of the AFC North is:
    THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS!

    In my lifetime as a proud Pittsburgher:
    2 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series championships.
    4 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup appearances, 3 Cups.
    8 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl appearance, 6 Rings.
    I’m am spoiled in the riches of a winner!

  16. I’m a lifelong Bengals fan. During the game, I think at 14-3, the coverage flashed to Andy Dalton on the sideline and Andy was “talking” to the offense about not panicking and not trying to do too much, just being who they are. But the tone of voice he was using and his mannerisms seemed more like Frank the Tank’s locker room speech about keeping your composure from Old School.

  17. As a diehard Bengals fan, I must admit that I was shocked at how horrible the team played last night.

    There are four truths that we now know:

    (1) Andy Dalton, unless surrounded by the best O-line in football, 3 premier wide receivers, 2 great pass catching TEs, and a great running back, just isn’t very good.

    (2) Playing with approximately 8 back-ups against a division rival isn’t going to win you any games.

    (3) The Browns are legit.

    (4) Johnny Manziel has a better chance of showing up at my house and scrubbing my toilets than seeing the field any time soon.

  18. It’s been all downhill since getting crushed by the Patriots, the gatekeeper to the NFL’s top tier. It’s amazing how often this happens.

  19. He looked even worse than the numbers show.

    That said, his O line didn’t help AT ALL and Receivers were dropping the passes that he actually DID thrown in their vicinity.

    How do you lay an egg like that… AT HOME?

  20. I never thought Dalton was going to be a super star but I also never expected him to play this badly.

  21. I’m a little surprised at how bad he has been. I never thought he was a good quarterback, and I thought Cincinatti should let him play this year out before extending him, but to be this shockingly awful in the regular season is not what I expect from him. He usually waits until the playoffs.

  22. “It’s been all downhill since getting crushed by the Patriots.”

    On the contrary, that exposed who the Bengals really are. Sorry, but the Pats don’t get credit for everything that happens in the NFL.

  23. He was ghastly last night. One of the worst performances in a long time. How could they hope to win, when he was throwing the ball all over the place. He needs to be sat down it would be hard for a back up to be worse.

  24. Just remember he got paid a lot more than those other guys to be that bad. If you count his base, signing bonus and roster bonus for this year spread over 16 games, he made ~ $567,000.00 last night. Pay me that and I can do the same thing.

  25. gmsalpha says:
    Nov 7, 2014 10:12 AM

    Rodgers, Manning, and Brady don’t put up numbers like that. So what’s your point?
    ————-

    I think he’s insinuating that it’s not fair to talk about Dalton having the worst game in the NFL since 1960, even though Dalton now HAS the worst game since 1960.

  26. For the Bengal’s sake, I sure hope this is an aberration, but it’s starting to look like that new contract they gave Dalton is one they’ll end up regretting.

    However, it is VERY hard for me to believe that Josh Freeman’s lone performance as a Viking against the Giants on MNF last year wasn’t rated as low. If Freeman’s performance isn’t on that list, there’s something flawed in the NFL’s passer rating system.

  27. I’m a life long Bengal fan, have an Andy Dalton autographed jersey in my basement, but I’m getting very disgusted with this years total team let down. I’ve had tickets for 30 years but the games this year against New England, Indy (I made that road trip) and Cleveland are just too much to take. The players have to shoulder the responsibilty, but how long can Marvin Lewis keep his job and continue his post game assinine press conferences. He has to go. We are missing Mike Zimmer and it’s showing up. He should have been Head Coach here, not in Minnesota. Now I’ll just cry in my $9 beer.

  28. I think the sure way to return to success is to sign Marvin Lewis to an extension let Dalton call his own plays also free up some cap space by cutting A.J. Green. Oh and keep the defense just like it is right now.

    Signed,

    Rest of the AFC North

  29. Dalton seems to enigmatic at best. One week he makes plays like he’s on the verge of being a top 10 QB but the other week he plays like this. There’s NO excuse for having a passing statline like he did last night with the talent he has around him. Maybe it’s time to change coaches in Cincy? Marvin has done a great job in the past 10 years but when you can’t get “up” for a division game at home vs your in state rivals then maybe your starting to become overrated? I give Cleveland helluva credit though, they played inspired football, and played smash mouth physical style that suits that division well. Certainly if Pettine isn’t in the discussion for COY, then they might as well should disregard that award in the future.

  30. If there’s one thing to take away from this article, it’s that I’m thankful you’re not using ESPN’s QBR stat they won’t stopping patting themselves on the back for creating and force-feeding to their viewers.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  31. just one bad game and people jumped off the bandwagon already? the bengals still have winning percentage. #hanginthere

  32. In addition to Brunner, Gary Marangi of the Buffalo Bills (0.0; Nov. 21, 1976 vs. San Diego), Pete Beathard of the Houston Oilers (0.6; Oct. 12, 1969 vs. Kansas City) and Norm Snead of the Washington Redskins (0.5; Nov. 26, 1961 vs. Baltimore) also posted similar performances to Dalton.

    ***********************************************************

    There’s a list of names you don’t see everyday.

    The year that Snead had the 0.5 game, he also managed to make it to the Pro Bowl. Guess everyone has a bad week.

  33. magnusthe1st says:
    Nov 7, 2014 1:01 PM
    If there’s one thing to take away from this article, it’s that I’m thankful you’re not using ESPN’s QBR stat they won’t stopping patting themselves on the back for creating and force-feeding to their viewers.

    I agree, anytime i hear QBR mentioned i feel like slamming my head against the wall. Garbage stat metric. And i try to avoid the garbage network unless its live sports.

  34. Good thing is only 17 million of Dalton’s contract is guaranteed. Could have been worse. Like the 54 million guaranteed that Cutler stole from Da Bears!

  35. Can you say ” Stage Fright ” . The only thing I can think of that would make anybody play this badly other than he might be a Browns ” Plant”.

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