Andy Dalton: I think we’re close to returning to the postseason

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The Bengals ranked 32nd in total offense and 26th in scoring last season, but they showed promise in the final two games: Cincinnati beat Detroit 26-17 and Baltimore 31-27, knocking the Lions and Ravens out of postseason contention.

Andy Dalton is encouraged because coordinator Bill Lazor gets an entire offseason to implement his offense. Lazor replaced Ken Zampese after the Bengals were shut out in their first two games.

“I don’t know a ton [about any changes to the offense], but I’ve really enjoyed Bill Lazor being there,” Dalton said last week. “I know he’s got a plan for us and a plan of how he wants to do things. So for him obviously taking over in the third week last year, he didn’t have a chance to really put his stamp on everything. He was kind of evolving what we were doing. Now it’ll be a chance for him to have a full offseason, full OTAs, training camp to put his stuff in and to do it how he wants to do it. I’m looking forward to that.”

The Bengals went to the playoffs Dalton’s first five seasons, though they lost in the wild-card round all five seasons. They slipped to 6-9-1 in 2016 and 7-9 last season.

But Dalton believes the Bengals are close to getting back to where they were.

“I do,” Dalton said. “If you look at last year, there’s four or five games that came down to the last couple of minutes of the game and under a touchdown difference. I think if a couple of those games had flipped we could have made the playoffs last year, but obviously we didn’t finish some of these games. I think we’re close. I think we’ve got the right guys. We’ll add some more once the draft happens. At this point, I’m just looking forward to getting back and working with everybody and being around everybody.”

20 responses to “Andy Dalton: I think we’re close to returning to the postseason

  1. No offensive line.
    No tight end with receiving ability.
    Only one wide receiver.

    It’s always good when your quarterback speaks optimistically about the future… but… the offensive line is an embarrassment, WR brandon lafell is an embarrassment, WR tyler boyd is an embarrassment, WR John Ross is a no show, and TE Tyler Eifert is not the answer (he could be if he stays healthy… but… that is improbable).

    Dalton could be right.

    The 2017 Bengals were 7-9 with a terrible offensive line, no tight end, only triple teamed A.J. Green, and no rushing game (due to terrible offensive line).

    The 2017 Cincinnati Bengals lost three games to AFC opponents by a total of 11 points (4,4,3).

  2. I’m sorry I am just not an Andy Dalton fan. Everyone wins the offseason. The Bengals have been “close” forever”. I just don’t feel it.

  3. Better hope they get OL help early in the draft and hope it isn’t a repeat of the 2015 draft ie: Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher. :/

  4. If you just make it to the playoffs, that will be good enough for Mike Brown, Marvin and many of my fellow Bengals fans unfortunately.

  5. That o-line was the NFL’s worst last year. With Cordy Glenn in place of Ogbuehi (epic bust) and a new Center in place of Bodine (Thank you Buffalo!), this team can and will compete for a playoff spot. They won’t win a playoff game with Marvin still around, but they will win 9-10 games. A full off-season for Bill Lazor will certainly help too, and they finally canned their o-line coach (Paul Alexander) which Bengals fans are thrilled about. Then they replaced him with the Cowboys old line coach (Pollack), which was a great get. Should be a fun season in Cincy.

  6. The Eagles went 7-9 the season before last.

    NFL is all about hope. Hope is exactly what internet trolls attempt to destroy.

  7. I watched some Bungles games last year.

    There has been no miracle this off season.

    There is no hope of a playoff run unless hades freezes over and the Bungles are no longer a prison farm team.

  8. vikings1234 says: The team’s nickname is the Bungles. It’s a good name and appropriate.
    Vikings over Bengals ???

    …thats a bit rich ‘vikings1234’, calling out The Bengals. At least Cincy has only lost two Superbowls……..

    Cincinnati v Minnesota is a bit like two bald men fighting over a hair-brush……..

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