Bengals call Ponder, Mallett

AP

Andy Dalton’s visit to a specialist is set for Monday afternoon, a league source told PFT, and after the appointment the Bengals and Dalton believe they’ll have a better idea if Dalton has a chance to return in four weeks or if the Bengals will have to shut him down for the season.

A.J. McCarron becomes the starter and is the only other quarterback on the active roster. The Bengals have reached out to Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder though no decision by any side has been reached, the source said. Jason Campbell, who was the Bengals’ backup last season, retired last summer and has previously been clear that he’s not interested in a return.

The Bengals have Keith Wenning on the practice squad.

Dalton suffered a fractured right thumb during Sunday’s loss to the Steelers. Though the source said there’s some level of optimism that the trip to the specialist will reveal a four-week timetable, the Bengals know the timing of the injury and the calendar make it more likely that he won’t play again until next season.

Ponder was recently released by the Broncos. Mallett recently worked out for the Ravens; he was cut by the Texans earlier in the season.

67 responses to “Bengals call Ponder, Mallett

  1. I know that finding a competent NFL QB isn’t easy but are Ponder or Mallett the best that can be had?
    It’s late in the season and the Bengals aren’t the first team to rummage through the scrap heap this year, but these can’t be the best available options? Are they?

  2. hippieway says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:29 AM

    I know that finding a competent NFL QB isn’t easy but are Ponder or Mallett the best that can be had?
    It’s late in the season and the Bengals aren’t the first team to rummage through the scrap heap this year, but these can’t be the best available options? Are they?
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    They could call Tebow!

  3. Here is what I don’t get. Why do you have a backup QB that you can’t count on when your starter gets injured? If someone else out there is better, then you should have signed them, allowed them to learn the playbook and let go of your other backup long before your starter was injured. Dallas did this as well this year. Don’t get it!

  4. It’s late in the season and the Bengals aren’t the first team to rummage through the scrap heap this year, but these can’t be the best available options? Are they?
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    Probably, sadly. I can’t think of a better one, except maybe Josh Johnson, who may or may not be on a team at this point. He probably is if they’ve haven’t reached out to him. Can’t trade at this point, either.

    It’s come to this, I guess. Hopefully McCarron is rock solid and can play.

  5. keepingitlogical says:

    Here is what I don’t get. Why do you have a backup QB that you can’t count on when your starter gets injured? If someone else out there is better, then you should have signed them, allowed them to learn the playbook and let go of your other backup long before your starter was injured. Dallas did this as well this year. Don’t get it!

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    You’ve got it wrong… McCarron is, and will be, the starter the rest of the way if Dalton is out. The position they are looking for now is McCarron’s backup. Looking for someone with some experience rather than a practice squad player. They’re not bringing in someone to play instead of McCarron.

  6. Here is what I don’t get. Why do you have a backup QB that you can’t count on when your starter gets injured? If someone else out there is better, then you should have signed them, allowed them to learn the playbook and let go of your other backup long before your starter was injured. Dallas did this as well this year. Don’t get it!
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    Guessing they are signing someone to back up McCarron and not take over as the starter. Cinci doesn’t carry 3 QBs (except for Wenning on the PS) so if Dalton misses any time then there is no backup.

  7. McCarron won much, much more than Tebow in college so by Tebow loyalists standards, he should’ve been a starter a long time ago. After all, he is a “winner!!!!!!!!!”

  8. Can’t imagine Jason Campbell wouldn’t want to come back for a playoff run. Unless he’s gone J-Russell/S-King and weighs in at 300+

  9. Here is what I don’t get. Why do you have a backup QB that you can’t count on when your starter gets injured? If someone else out there is better, then you should have signed them, allowed them to learn the playbook and let go of your other backup long before your starter was injured. Dallas did this as well this year. Don’t get it!
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    Logical, McCarron is the backup, and now the starter. The Bengals don’t have a 3rd QB on the roster. With Dalton out, the Bengals need a backup for McCarron.

  10. Here is what I don’t get. Why do you have a backup QB that you can’t count on when your starter gets injured? If someone else out there is better, then you should have signed them, allowed them to learn the playbook and let go of your other backup long before your starter was injured. Dallas did this as well this year. Don’t get it!

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    They need a backup encase Macarron goes down

  11. Mallett, Ponder, Tebow…which one has the most playoff wins?

    Seriously though, I would promote my PS QB before any of those.

  12. Bengals should sign Teebow. He probably can’t do much, but if he manages to beat Pitt again in the wildcard round, at least that would bring some satisfaction to Bengal fans.

    AJ didn’t look too bad though. He put up 280 yards coming off the bench. He’ll get a lot more practice in the next few weeks. The schedule isn’t terrible either. All three of the Bengals remaining opponents are also starting backup quarterbacks, and the Bengals will probably be expected to finish 2-1.

  13. There are no teams that could win out in the playoffs with a back up quarterback. There is no way to prepare for this. There is no “next man up” here. McCarron really can’t compare his situation to Tom Brady’s in 2001. Brady got to start in week 3 and had already established himself long before week 14, when McCarron got the call.

  14. For the next 3 weeks it’s AJ McCarron versus Blaine Gabbert, Brock Osweiller, and Matt Schaub (or Jimmy Clausen). When the QBs are that bad it’s all about the rest of the talent. Denver is likely the only remaining loss on the Schedule for the Bengals, even with an unproven QB. They need that bye pretty badly though if they’re going to hope to have Dalton back.

  15. Ravens fan here.
    The Bengals are pretty stacked. I’d say any competent QB could step in and be successful.
    With that said, I’d hate to be a Bengals fan right now. All those years without a playoff win and this was going to be the year to end that…good luck guys cause I actually want to see more Lombardi’s in the AFC North.

  16. keepingitlogical says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:35 AM

    Here is what I don’t get. Why do you have a backup QB that you can’t count on when your starter gets injured? If someone else out there is better, then you should have signed them, allowed them to learn the playbook and let go of your other backup long before your starter was injured. Dallas did this as well this year. Don’t get it!

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    Even if they start McCarron next week, they will need a backup for him if Dalton can’t play at all. It would be better for them to get an experienced backup than it would be to promote Keith Wenning to the backup role.

  17. The Bengals can win out with mcarron and get a first round bye. Last year the Bengals beat the broncos on Monday night with defense and a running game since Dalton had a bad night. If Dalton’s injury leads to 4 weeks out and the Bengals earn the first round bye Dalton will start that playoff game and win it.

  18. AJ already looks better than Red Robin. The Bengals should consider themselves lucky as AJ may actually have the ability to win a game or two in postseason. The real loser in all this is Peyton Manning as Red Robin is the only contender to take over his dubious one-and -done record.

  19. pastabelly says:
    Dec 14, 2015 12:13 PM
    There are no teams that could win out in the playoffs with a back up quarterback. There is no way to prepare for this. There is no “next man up” here. McCarron really can’t compare his situation to Tom Brady’s in 2001. Brady got to start in week 3 and had already established himself long before week 14, when McCarron got the call.
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    Maybe you should ask the Giants and Jeff Hostetler how that went back in 90/91? I guess that would be the better comparison to what McCarron is facing.

  20. This is probably the worst injury a qb could have next to a torn rotator cuff in the shoulder. I had this injury in high school, here is the scenario for Dalton:

    The thumb is fractured, minimum healing time is 3 weeks is there is NO ligament damage. Sadly for me I fractured my thumb from the center getting pushed back into me during the end of my follow through. I fractured my thumb and tore the ligaments away from the bone. If there is not ligament damage which we will find out today, Andy should be able to return in 3 weeks.

    I needed surgery which included a pin that was exposed at the end of my hand that reconnected the thumb to the hand. I got the cast off in three weeks but another smaller cast was put on another 2 weeks. When the cast came off, the thumb was fine but the ligaments were not done reattaching and I had no strength in my thumb. I could barely grip the ball. It took another 2-3 months where I could grip it but honestly, it was never really the same.

    I’m praying for Dalton hoping its just a fracture with no ligament damage.

  21. I love the Dalton haters right now he is only the second player in NFL history the other being Peyton manning who also did not win a playoff game until his 6th season to pass for 3000 yards in his first 5 seasons. He has also won 50 games in his first five seasons and if the Bengals make he playoffs this year he will have led them to 5 straight. Andy did win all 10 games and it was the defense that caved against Arizona and AJ Green who fumbled against the Texans. Tell me how many other quarterbacks make a team by his mere presence a perennial contender and a lock for a 10 win season and a playoff birth. There are 23 other teams in the NFL who would love to have Andy Dalton. Only 8 teams that have a QB that they would keep over Dalton.
    Seattle Russel Wilson
    Pitt Ben rapelisburger
    Indy Andrew luck
    GB Aaron Rodgers
    Carolina Can Newton
    NE Tom Brady
    Ari Carson Palmer
    Oak Derek Carr
    Nyg Elk Manning

  22. Mark4Steelers did the Bengals not beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh. I love how you squealers fans call burfict dirty but it was Vince Williams who tweeted a death threat to burfict. Williams shouldn’t even be on a roster be should be in jail.

  23. Be careful with Mallett,

    Based on the Bengal’s recent brief appearances in the postseason, they may be eliminated before he shows up in uniform.

  24. “Bengals call Ponder, Mallett”

    And odds are good the former probably didn’t sleep through the phone ringing

  25. The Bengals need to win one of three games to lock up a playoff spot with three beatable opponents on the schedule the niners who just lost to the browns, the ravens led by Jimmy Clausen and the broncos who just got beat by the raiders. Aj can handle that heck Sanu could llook at his career passer rating 100+ in 4 full seasons.

  26. Can’t believe people still use the words “tebow” and “quarterback” in the same sentence. Grossman > Tebow.

  27. stoneydog1000 says: Let Sanu be the back up.
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    He played QB in college I believe, and has tossed a TD. This is a solid plan making me think (hope) that Mallet is a deception.

  28. I`m surprised so many are acting like the season is over and the Bengals won`t even make the Playoffs.
    I`ve said all along McCarron will end up being a better QB than Dalton.Dalton was having a very good season and i`m not saying they won`t miss him or that McCarron is ready to win Playoff games in Denver or New England but i`m not sure Dalton was either.McCarron doesn`t have the experience or control of the offense like Dalton but he has a better arm,better pocket awareness and isn`t afraid of the pressure or bright lights.I still think they will finish 12-4 after beating SF & Balt. I`m more worried about Eifert and the secondary than QB. They certainly need a new backup though. I would prefer Campbell but would take Ponder over Mallet but all is not lost.

  29. Let Sanu be the back up.
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    Sanu was the emergency alternate on Sunday, and has played before. That said, he likely hasn’t taken any practice at QB at the pro level aside from a few trick plays, so I’d rather have a guy who has (even if its Mallett). Besides, with Sanu out there running routes he’s even more vulnerable to injury than AJ, so you could lose both in the same game.

  30. This league is all about Chances. I still think Ponder can be decent. Just look at that line he had in Minnesota. He got ripped for getting beat by 25 points at Green Bay, but he at least beat them,and got Minnesota into the playoffs. He averaged nearly 4x the TD’s as Bridgewater a year
    and Teddy has had worse showings with a much better coaching Staff!!?? In 2.5 years starting CP had 7
    300+ yard games, in nearly 2 Teddy has had what 2?
    and he is averaging about 170 yards a game.
    Ponder was over 200. He had Peterson too, and a lot less possessions because the Defense sucked as bad as the offense!

  31. Ponder is a solid backup who is intelligent and humble enough to support a young starter. He isn’t likely to win you many games, but could reinvent himself as a pure game manager and therefore not lose you many games either.

  32. Nothing has really changed with Tebow himself – except getting older – since John Elway named him the Broncos starter going into the 2012 season. All the change has been external.

    – Manning was cut by the Colts, and signed with Denver.
    – Tebow was traded to the Jets, where he threw all of 8 passes (completing 6).

    He was never a good practice player, but has a winning NFL record. Historical revisionists like to credit the defense for that season, but that D wasn’t even in the top 20. All those great, clutch, fourth quarter comebacks were on Tebow-led, drives. Nobody’s saying he’s a great passer, but he knows how to win. Good luck with Ponder.

  33. That is a sucky break Bengals Fans!
    The team should be grateful for their fans.

    The Steelers on the other hand are the only AFC Team that has Boo’ed THEIR OWN FANS!
    And those Terrible Towels, are for wiping their fans tears!

  34. Give Ponder a chance and put him with a decent QB Coach. He is going to shut up you guys if given a decent chance of more than one week.
    He is still better than Bridgewater. Seven 300+ yard games on 2.5 years, Bridge water has had 2 in 2 years.
    At least Ponder TRIED to throw more than 5 yards downfield! And he was the last Minny QB to beat the Packers, and put them in the post season.
    And he had a Worse OL AND Defence with fewer possessions. Think about it.. he got thrown in that mess with NO decent Starting Pro QB to learn from,
    and 3 Games to watch from the Bench as a Rookie.

  35. mark4steelers says:
    Dec 14, 2015 12:51 PM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if the Bungholes lose the next 3 while Houston, Jets & Steelers win out. Guess what that would mean Cincy fans?!?
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    This guy is the worst fan in Pro Football. Is it past his beddie bye time?

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