Andy Dalton wasn’t surprised by Bengals drafting a quarterback

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The Cincinnati Bengals had just two quarterbacks on their roster as their headed into the NFL Draft last week. So it didn’t exactly surprise Bengals starter Andy Dalton that the front office would use on of its selections on a quarterback.

The Bengals traded up in the fourth round to add North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley. They swapped fourth-round selections and sent a pair of sixth-round picks to the San Francisco 49ers in order to move up six spots and take Finley early on day three.

They’re trying to create some competition as a backup and that’s why you bring him in,” Dalton said Tuesday, via Joe Kay of the Associated Press. “They obviously liked him, felt like he fit this system, and we had to get our (quarterback) numbers up.

“Obviously we need numbers. We can’t go in with two.”

Finley joins Jeff Driskel as the depth Dalton on Cincinnati’s roster. The Buffalo News has also reported that Central Connecticut State quarterback Jake Dolegala has also agreed to a free agent deal with the team, which would bring the number of quarterbacks under contract with the team to four. Most teams have at least three quarterbacks on their roster during the offseason.

Dalton’s contract runs through the 2020 season and he is firmly entrenched as the Bengals starter for the time being. Maybe that changes in a year when he’s about to enter the final year of his deal, but it’s still his show for now.

11 responses to “Andy Dalton wasn’t surprised by Bengals drafting a quarterback

  1. So much of that draft was orchestrated the way it was because Dalton is not a good QB. They are trying to get him all the help he needs because he is not that good. He’s got one year to make it right and he knows it. If you’re a Dalton fan, ask yourself honestly, when’s the last time the chips were down that you were like “alright…all good…Dalton’s got this.” I like the guy but man I have never ever felt that way.

  2. Reality is what you see is what you get with Dalton. There is no ‘next step’ for him. At this point he is as good as he is ever going to be. The Bengals basically have a year to decide whether that is good enough to get where they want to go or if Finley has more potential to grow and eventually exceed Dalton’s ceiling or if they have to draft another QB.

  3. For a so-so at best QB he will have earned > $80 million by the end of the season.
    Not bad fo a meh QB.

    His 2019 cost is $16MM, and its 17.5MM in 2020. Thats around what I’d expect a so-so QB to earn, so its not a disaster. I’d still move on from him because I’d rather pay aa so-so rookie QB 750K than a so-so vet 17.5MM. That 15MM can buy some extra players.

  4. I actually like that Dalton quote. He’s basically saying, “Yea, we needed another backup to create competition. For the backup job. I’m the starter.” He’s mediocre but love the confidence.

  5. jaybeerocker says:

    May 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    So much of that draft was orchestrated the way it was because Dalton is not a good QB. They are trying to get him all the help he needs because he is not that good. He’s got one year to make it right and he knows it. If you’re a Dalton fan, ask yourself honestly, when’s the last time the chips were down that you were like “alright…all good…Dalton’s got this.” I like the guy but man I have never ever felt that way.
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    Dalton has 24 game winning drives. That’s 8th among all active quarterbacks and ahead of Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and Alex Smith.

    Many behind a crappy offensive line.

  6. Wish the Bengals traded for some 2020 draft capital. They may need it to get one of the big quarterbacks next year should they decide to move on from Dalton after this year.

  7. Split on Dalton……..

    ……….I’m completely split on Dalton. Part of me says that he isn’t responsible for any of the 5 play-off fails; it has much more to do with lousy coaching, and the general inability of the Bengals to run the ball or stop the run defensively when it mattered.

    Another part of me says, that he can’t pitch those 20-30 yard on-a-rope lasers that most QB’s need to do in pressure situations, and the Bengals won’t ever win big with him.

    Things may change with Taylor as HC; Dalton is a real good game manager, who may yet prove all the doubters wrong and win in January, but from the outside looking in; The Bengals are at their best when they can run the ball with a dominating O-Line, and stop the run with aggressive defence; and I’m not convinced they have either right now………

    Seems to mme Bengals are gonna be 4th place in the AFCN this year, with another opportunity to spend a top 12 pick on fixing’ that O-Line yet again.

  8. Dalton wasn’t replaced this year because there are so many other holes/issues that are far worse. Hard to be good the last two years with half an offensive line. They have addressed that this year and if Dalton still under performs, he will be gone next year.

  9. Here’s the thing about Andy Dalton: He will never be a quarterback that can single-handedly will his team to victory regardless of the talent level surrounding him. He needs a solid running game, multiple top-notch wide receivers and at least a serviceable offensive line. When those conditions have been met in Cincinnati, he has thrived. He was even in the MVP discussion in 2015 until he broke his thumb. But almost every year one or more or those areas have been lacking. In 2014, we were down to Giovanni Bernard and Rex Burkhead as our wide receivers vs. the Colts. The past 2 years there have been injuries and a ridiculously inept offensive line. Poor coaching and preparation by the staff figure in there somewhere as well. I guess what I’m saying is that, barring injury, he has everything now he should need to be successful (Mixon, Green/Boyd, upgraded O-line). If he doesn’t win this year then it’s time to finally move on.

  10. Yea. Think how much better Cincy would be if they had just moved up in the 2011 daft and selected Locker, or Gabbert, or Ponder, or Kaepernick. As a pro he’s won more games than all those guys combined. Even the great Cam Newton has won just three more games in his career than Dalton has won. Dalton may not be the GOAT but he’s sure good enough to win, even win a Super Bowl.

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