The next move in Cincinnati could be the quarterback

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After playing two games only four days apart and scoring a grand total of no touchdowns in 120 minutes of football at home and putting coach Marvin Lewis in the throes of a “near mutiny,” the Bengals changed offensive coordinators. Next, they could be changing quarterbacks.

The team insists that quarterback Andy Dalton is safe. But the feeling within the locker room, we’re told, is that the leash isn’t quite so long, and that if the struggles continue under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, the next one to go could be Dalton.

This means that A.J. McCarron would take over, if Dalton is indeed benched. But there’s a feeling among some of the players that the Bengals should go off the board and consider bringing in Colin Kaepernick.

Yes, Colin Kaepernick. Though there’s no indication that the team would consider making such a move, zero touchdowns and nine points in two full games can cause a team to start turning over stones in search of answer.

And Kaepernick is sitting there in plain sight.

83 responses to “The next move in Cincinnati could be the quarterback

  1. Yeah… it’s Andy Dalton’s fault that offensive line sucks and brandon lafell and tyler boyd don’t have the ability to create separation.

    Undrafted wide receiver Alex Erickson being the 2nd best receiver is more proof.
    Not to diminish Erickson’s performance… Erickson looks like a good professional.

  2. How about signing some of your own players before letting them just walk in free agency. The draft replenishes depth but not necessarily talent. The guys they do keep are goons like Burfict and Pacman Jones.

  3. Been saying it for a while. Cincy will never win anything with Dalton or Lewis. Ownership is no bargain either. The 3 most important things you need to win a Lombardi are absent in Cincy.

  4. Kaepernick would be perfect in Cincinnati. Nobody would watch him take a knee. And he would never take a knee when it actually matters – at the end of the game.

  5. That’s why players like Adam Pacman Jones and Vontaze Burfict aren’t GM’s. They want him for all the wrong reasons.

    Maybe Marvin Lewis FINALLY should go

  6. Yeah, that would make sense- Sign a read option QB that brings a media circus with him and doesn’t even know the playbook instead of giving the 2 time BCS champ who played against top competition in college and played well in all the big games who also has gotten it done pretty well every time he was under center in the NFL, including a playoff game.

  7. I’ve been A Bengals Fan for 47 Years and was A Season Ticket Holder when I lived in Cincinnati. But even though I’ve stayed with this team for this long… after many other fair-weather fans left a long time ago, if they bring in Kaepernick I swear I’m done watching The Bengals and NFL Football for good.

  8. That’s too bad. Early on Andrew Dalton seamed like the real deal and could be a franchise quarterback. Good luck Bengals, you’ve always been my second favorite team.

  9. Plus, if McCarron gets a shot- there is a very strong possibility that his wife is shown on TV often.

    that right there is reason enough to start him.

  10. Tell us again League how player safety is your greatest concern when you keep scheduling games 4 days apart and 3 games in 11 days for several teams each year….

  11. As a Steelers fan, I hope they do bring in Kap for a few reasons. First: that would be a dumpster fire. Maybe we could stop hearing about him after he fails miserably. Second, I think McCarron is the best QB on that roster. Any chance the Bengals have is with him. Finally, it just gives me another reason to hate the Bengals.

  12. Why does it have to be the washed up former SF QB? Is he the only NFL QB with experience that doesnt have a job?

  13. “Steps to make Bengals a winner:”

    You forgot get new ownership that actually wants to win and put a competitive product on the field instead of just cashing huge TV checks and laughing all the way to the bank.

  14. Dalton was in the MVP race two years ago, and had been improving consistently. Last year he wasn’t as good under a new OC, and this offseason they let to pro-bowl offensive linemen leave in free agency.Combined with the fact that half of his receivers are first and second year players and the reasons for the struggles are obvious.

    Fix the line, let the WRs get more experience, and lets see the new OC do his thing. Assuming Dalton’s confidence isn’t completely shaken, he’ll go back to proper form.

    The only people who think he should be scrapped are people who think that he’s the only thing wrong with the Bengals (he obviously isn’t), or PFT writers, who are either looking for a juicy story, or who were bullied by a red head as a child and are trying to exact some sort of revenge

  15. It’s not the coordinators and Dalton is a good QB, but the real problem is the owner and Marvin Lewis. How does Lewis still have a job year after year with his lack of leadership? He must have some real good dirt on his boss because he would of been fired long ago on any other team.

  16. Andy dalton is safe. He was more than capable (in the regular season) in the first 5 years of his career and to keep mccarron around will cost much more money. I do think that if they could have swung a deal for mccarron they would have brought Kaep in. Mike brown wants guys with flags that make them cheaper. And if the o-line can’t figure it out a mobile guy is much more valuable.

  17. Kaepernick is done. No one wants him and he doesn’t want to play. The only ones keeping him relevant is the media reaching for stories on him.

  18. The worst place in the NFL for Kaep to be given a second chance would be Cincy. The causes Kaep represents are abhorrent to most in the city.

    Not that Kaep to Cincy would ever happen because Mike Brown knows it would hit him where it hurts most… the wallet.

  19. Ignore the Ohio address. Socially, Cincinnati is a Southern city. It has more in common with Montgomery than Cleveland.

    The Bengals will sign almost anyone that they think can help them win (which I do think Kaep can do as a strong armed mobile qb on a team with a bad line but downfield weapons), but I don’t think this is happening, especially now that the season has started.

  20. I’m quite sure Kapernicks girlfriend will go over real well in Ohio. Why on earth would a team bring all that into their team? Sure, the guy got blackballed for public relations reasons, but he is not as good as what they already have. The bill is finally due for Marvin Lewis. I always respected him as a coach. Loved the fact he took chances on talented, yet troubled players. That worked when they were winning… now he is just trying to save his job.

  21. In 15 years… all of this NFL stuff will only be talked about by drunken cavemen
    clinging to their flat earth dream.

    Arthur Fonzarelli has gone airborne.

  22. doctorrustbelt says… In 15 years… all of this NFL stuff will only be talked about by drunken cavemen clinging to their flat earth dream. Arthur Fonzarelli has gone airborne.

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    I wish I could give this 1000 thumbs up so others wouldn’t have to scroll all the way down to see it.

  23. Why isn’t anyone clamoring for the Bengals to fire Paul Alexander, the architect of the worst offensive line in football?? The line is the first problem to fix before QB. Even Brady would have trouble throwing the ball behind it.

  24. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    September 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm
    Ignore the Ohio address. Socially, Cincinnati is a Southern city. It has more in common with Montgomery than Cleveland.

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    What?? Dude, have you ever been to any of those cities? Cincy is nothing like Montgomery (Cincy not nearly as white trash) or Cleveland (Cincy not nearly as dirty). And yes, I have been to all 3 cities. Horrible comparison man. Cincinnati is very unique. It’s a decent town and has a lot of diversity. Socially, it’s like a bigger Louisville if anything.

  25. Never been big on dalton. Always folded in the big games yet cincy stuck with him so they have to live with him. Those two losses were home games too. Season probably over for the fans

  26. A.J. Green is praying they sign Kaepernick. All Kaepernick does is win. He also was the most popular teammate on the 49ers. He just pissed off a lot of white folks for sticking up for black folks who were getting gunned down in cold blood. Somehow it got spun into something that had to do with disrespecting our country, but that was just nonsense from the politically correct crowd. The guy can flat out ball.

  27. I really think there is little chance of this happening. I’m still going to say Dalton gives us the best chance to win. He’s average at best. There are some terrible qbs in this league. I think he ranks from 16-20. Its just stunning to see how terrible this offense is with all the promise it had. Losing Whit and Zeitler far and away their best o line last year and now you’re left with no names on that line. Ogbueghi stinks, Boling is average at best, Bodine is our best which is pretty crazy to say, Trey Johnson was injured, and Jake Fisher doesn’t even belong on an NFL roster. No one would win with that o line. But Zampese also needed to go his playcalling sucked. You have freaking Joe Nixon run the ball up the middle and quit trying to cut outside with it. You have freaking AJ Green throw the ball down the field half your passing plays shouldn’t be bubble screens.

    If it is this bad though I feel like this season is already toast. If the Bengals did not have a capable backup that had them at the doorsteps of winning a playoff game I would say it wouldn’t hurt to kick the tires on Kaep. I think it would be silly to bring in Kaep when you have McCarron as your backup and I don’t think they can afford a roster spot to carry 3 qbs.

    To hear this come out is not a good sign of how the locker room is feeling. As much as I think Lewis is a good guy he’s not the right guy anymore. This year more than any other I feel like he has actually lost the team. If 1 terrible year is what needs to happen though for the Bengals to really evaluate themselves then so be it. I think change is needed and everything should be up for evaluation right now.

  28. This story is PURE RUBBISH. No one with the most basic knowledge of the Cincinnati Bengals, feels, Has heard, or considers Kapernick an option. They have a backup QB that they turned down a 2nd round pick for. Why would they even think an outside option, with 0 knowledge of the playbook was a friggin option. Go back to the bathroom and stuff this BS story back in your butthole.

  29. A. This “feeling among some of the players” is nice cover for an organization that has been stumping for months for some team, any team, south of Canada to sign Kaep.

    B. If there is a “feeling among some of the players” that Kaep is a better option than Dalton or McCarron, then this team is loaded with idiots and is really screwed.
    (it is: See C.)

    C. Everyone in the Bengals building except the family that signs the checks knew the offense was in trouble the day Whitworth and Zeitler left via free agency. The family may have know it too, but they are too stubborn (and cheap) to correct the mistakes made with high draft picks on tackles back in 2015.

  30. Why would you want Kaepernick? Youd have to scrap your offense and run the read option. I get that the current offense has been horrible but dumbing it down so a more athletic QB can make some plays with his legs is not the answer.

  31. Dalton getting benched is nothing but trade bait for next year–believing that AJ can/will take the reigns for the next regime. Andy isn’t a top QB, but that line is a disaster and that should be blamed on the front office. Defense has some nice pieces, but not enough to save the season. It is going to be a fire sale after this season. Remember that Vance Joseph, Mike Zimmer, Jay Gruden and Hue Jackson were on staff. #firesale

  32. charliecharger says:
    September 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm
    A.J. Green is praying they sign Kaepernick. All Kaepernick does is win. He also was the most popular teammate on the 49ers. He just pissed off a lot of white folks for sticking up for black folks who were getting gunned down in cold blood. Somehow it got spun into something that had to do with disrespecting our country, but that was just nonsense from the politically correct crowd. The guy can flat out ball.

    3 22 Rate This

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    All he does is win 4 out of his last 24 games.

    If you want to make sure you get Darnold or Rosen, then letting Kaep go 1-11 for you too is a decent idea (if he wasn’t race-baiting poison)! Bring back the wishbone while you are at it.

  33. The wheels started coming off last year, 6-9-1. They got Ross and Mixon, but let key players on the offensive line walk. They won’t win six games this year. A new head coach is needed to completely overhaul the roster. Bye Pac Man!

  34. he’s top-5 ALL TIME in TD to INT ratio.
    He isn’t an option-QB.
    He isn’t a 1-read QB, otherwise he’d throw a lot more INTs.
    He just threw 16 TDs and 4 INTs last year in a little over half a year.

    There are many reasons to not sign him, but let’s stop pretending he’s an option QB.

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    dsheik says:
    September 17, 2017 at 11:34 pm
    Why would you want Kaepernick? Youd have to scrap your offense and run the read option. I get that the current offense has been horrible but dumbing it down so a more athletic QB can make some plays with his legs is not the answer.

  35. Man. Dalton gets this team to the playoffs in 5 of his first 6 years on the team, and he’s the problem?

    Bengals fans & players have short memories. They’ll remember what dire straits they used to be in, if they replace Dalton.

    Nothing against Kaepernick, but – the solution to a guy who played well for a few years and has struggled for the last year is a guy who played well for a few years and who has struggled ever since? Not much logic here.

  36. I think kaepernick has been “linked” to every team at the point. Forgetting that he’s a terrible qb and person for that matter. Is it possible it makes more sense to go with mcarron? Or maybe stick the Dalton who has been really good for the Bengals for the most part.

  37. Fire Marv, get new uniforms, invest in a good O line through the draft and free agency. They have 2 good QBs, establish a new era next season with a new HC and have the QBs battle for the starting job.

  38. ineptguy8 says:
    September 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    As a Steelers fan, I hope they do bring in Kap for a few reasons. First: that would be a dumpster fire. Maybe we could stop hearing about him after he fails miserably. Second, I think McCarron is the best QB on that roster. Any chance the Bengals have is with him. Finally, it just gives me another reason to hate the Bengals.
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    Cool story (from the team who signed Michael Vick).

  39. The Problem is the Offensive Line, not Andy Dalton.

    The Play Calling was awful too.

    If anything, they will give Playing Time to AJ McCarron to see what he can do, and take a good long look at him and figure out if he is worth extending.

    I guess Kapernick could be brought in to the mix at some point, but McCarron knows the system and has looked really good in limited time.

    Kapernick would need to learn the system and that would take time.

    Whether it is McCarron or Kapernick, they will have a real bad O-Line in front of them though.

  40. There is also a rampant feeling that Kaepernick is terrible, cannot read defenses, is inaccurate, and was a flash in the pan because he was fast. The media can push him and Michael Sam all they want. Both stink.

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