A.J. Green doesn’t think it’s a make-or-break year for Andy Dalton


Discussion of the Bengals’ chances of winning their first playoff game in more than 20 years inevitably comes back to quarterback Andy Dalton.

The offense’s failure to produce much more than a whimper in either of the last two playoff losses has led to questions about whether Dalton’s the right man to lead the team where it wants to go. It’s not hard to find people saying that the 2013 season, Dalton’s third in the NFL, is a crucial one for the quarterback. There are dissenters, however, and wide receiver A.J. Green is in that camp.

“I don’t feel like it’s a make-or-break year for him,” Green said, via the team’s website. “He’s still the quarterback of the future because he has every intangible to be a great one. He works hard, he has great leadership. I think he’ll be fine.”

Green went on to say that he thinks it takes quarterbacks four or five years to find their groove and that any criticism Dalton faces comes with the territory of being an NFL quarterback. He’s right about that, but it is definitely shaping up to be a big year for Dalton.

Dalton’s rookie deal is up after the 2014 season and a failure to show growth this year would at least give the Bengals pause before they decide to commit their long-term future to Dalton. That might not make it make-or-break, but the same old, same old probably isn’t going to make too many people clamor for doubling down on a future with Dalton at the helm.

36 responses to “A.J. Green doesn’t think it’s a make-or-break year for Andy Dalton

  1. When you look at what he’s ond as a 2nd round pick compared to the other qb’s taken and his 19-13 record compared to other qb’s taken including Kaeps 5-2 record. You do have to chuckle at the idea that it’s a make or break season for him. Cam gets to take as long as he wants to develop I guess.

    And the idea that he’s lost 2 back to back playoff games is a legit criticism, but nobody called for Ryans head after going 0-3. Nobody called for Mannings head after being known as a playoff choke artist. So the idea that Dalton has to win one now or be replaced seems pretty harsh. If only he ran the read option, he’d get a little more love.

  2. Andy has done as much as any 2nd year 2nd round qb can be expected to do up to this point. He certainly needs to keep improving, notably on the long ball but we should give him this year before we jump ship.

  3. Dalton is no star and he doesn’t need to be. He has had playmakers added to the mix and his job will be easier. It is to get the ball to the playmakers and let them do the rest.

    With 2 top TEs, AJ Green and Jiovani Bernard, the Bengals have as much explosiveness as any team in the league. Bernard is the AFC’s Tavon Austin, with greater RB skills. He is my pick for AFC ROY.

    All Dalton has to do is manage. The defense will be pretty good again.

  4. Step #1. Admit you have a problem.

    This noodle armed ginger was a big mistake, admit it and move on.

  5. Andy Dalton’s first two seasons resembles the first two seasons of two of the greatest quarterbacks ever in Dan Marino and Peyton Manning. I’m not saying he will ever be as good as those two, but give me a break with all these negative comments and stories on Andy Dalton. Ill take him as our long term QB any day thank you very much.

  6. There it is! The “Make-or-break” year title the media loves again. Andy, you better lead those Bengals to the Super Bowl or first sign of discrepency you’re going to be benched by week 6. There’s no in between anymore, aka steady progress?

  7. I agree it’s not a make-or-break year. Since you can’t learn arm strength, it’s already broke.

  8. If the “make-or-break” season really existed, how many “make-or-break” seasons has mark sanchez had? You’d think he’d be broken by now, yet somehow he’s still competing for a starting job (unfortunately for the Jets).

  9. what fan is JT??? LOL I hope not Raiders, Pitt, Bmore or Arizona… or any other team on our schedule if he is their team better win when we meet… Dude always gets a pass….unbelieveable…

  10. joetoronto says:
    Jul 17, 2013 1:08 PM
    Step #1. Admit you have a problem.

    “This noodle armed ginger was a big mistake, admit it and move on.”

    Which is the bigger mistake?

    a) Drafting a QB in the 2nd round that takes his team to the playoffs in his first two seasons.

    b) Trading 1st & 2nd round draft picks to Cincinnati for a 1 1/2 year rental of Carson Palmer.

  11. He’s a smart kid who understands the criticism of being a NFL quarterback. That said, he’s lead their team to the playoffs in his fist and second seasons. Pretty impressive considering he didn’t have many options offensively besides AJ. Once this young team gets inked long term, they will be contenders for years.

  12. Not even through his rookie contract and he’s already got a “make or break year.”

    I agree with all of you that the term is dumb, but it’s far from his last chance with the team.

    If we make the playoffs and lose in the first round again, who we gonna bring in that’s gonna make the team /better/? There’s zilcho on the free agent market and the 21-25 range doesn’t usually provide any better QB prospects than Dalton.

    And before you get started, you’ve got a lot of proof to provide if you want to tell me Kaepernick is better than Dalton. At the end of their respective careers, we can talk, but we’re talking a mountain of evidence in Dalton’s camp vs a molehill in Kaepernick’s.

    I know we’re all fans and we want more out of our team when we don’t win it all, but we all need to look at the reality of the situation.

  13. Only way it is a break year is if he regresses… badly…and starts to butt fumble. With enough talent around him and a stout defense this is a team poised to do well. A Ravens fan I’m more concerned about the Bengals than the Steelers in the AFCN this year (Sorry Cleveland).

  14. AD’s 1st 2 years as a starting QB favorably compares with the first 2 years as a starter of ANY other QB in league history … you can look it up

    & most of them did NOT start a full season as rookies either …

  15. How long does Stafford get? How about Bradford? Why have they gotten so long? How many playoff games have they played and won?

  16. Dalton is a solid QB. He’s only going to get better. Any talk about a make or break year is nonsense.

  17. Does anyone remember where the Bengals were before Dalton? I do! It is amazing what he had accomplished, worth AJ, and last years loss came at the brick hands of Gresham. And the bad OC calls. Is there room for improvement? Yes. But after all the crap we went through with Carson, it is great to see this young QB step up and lead this team.

  18. footballgod87 says: Jul 17, 2013 12:59 PM

    Andy has done as much as any 2nd year 2nd round qb can be expected to do up to this point. He certainly needs to keep improving, notably on the long ball but we should give him this year before we jump ship.


    If you’re only going to give him this year, then this year is make or break for him.

  19. So, if Dalton is so BAD, and he’s 2 for 2 making the playoffs…..and 1 for 2 making the Pro-Bowl……tell me fans of about 25 other NFL teams……whats that make your QB????? SMH

  20. JoeTrollronto
    1. Admit you were a mistake
    2. Don’t spend each day trolling Bengals and AFC West posts
    3. Seek therapy for your jealousy
    4. Raiders ranked #32

  21. I guess those that came up with make or break havent looked at the NFL landscape with regards to QB’s. Dalton is fine right where he needs to be, he can only get better.

  22. props to PFT Team for letting Bengals fans destroy “Jealous Loe” LOL

    Still love how Atkins on the 1st pass of the game picked Palmer up off the ground and slammed him..You could see Atkins saying something to him on the ground like “welcome home quitter” LOL

  23. bengals3285 says:
    Jul 17, 2013 1:12 PM
    Andy Dalton’s first two seasons resembles the first two seasons of two of the greatest quarterbacks ever in Dan Marino and Peyton Manning.


    Ha! Dude that cracked me up. Forgive me for sounding snide, but I must have missed Dalton being named the MVP last year and smashing the passing yards and touchdowns record.

    Listen, I like the kid. I think he’s smart and I think the Bengals have done a great job surrounding him with a variety of talent. In my opinion, he’ll never be a dynamic QB, but he’ll be able to win.

    Seriously, the amount if crap that is posted on these comments pages is terrible. We’re all football fans guys, there’s no need to make stuff up to get your point across.

    Btw it was Dan Marino in ’84.

  24. Why would it be a “make or break year?” He’s taken the Bengals to the playoffs in his first two years (not an easy task) and he is the best QB they’ve had since????? Palmer?? Help me out..

  25. Wow make or break being used 2 years into their best era in Bengal history since Wyche and Boomer in the late 80’s. I guess they miss the days of Klinger, and O’Donnell in Cincy. Keep it up and those days won’t be far away..

  26. Crucifixkiss:

    He’s referring to the fact that Andy Dalton is one of 3 qb’s to throw for 20 TD’s in their first two seasons. The other two are Dan Marino and Peyton Manning. So yeah, he didn’t make anything up.

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