Quarterback of 0-10 team: “I’ve got to be better”

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Ryan Finley may not have been given the best chance for success. The Bengals were winless and without their best offensive player but with a messed-up offensive line when the rookie was given the starting job.

That he hasn’t turned things around isn’t his fault, to say the least. But he’s a good sport, so he owned his part of it anyway.

I’ve got to be better. I don’t think I played well enough for us to win this game,” Finley said, via Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “A lot of these NFL games come down to one score, and you need to score in the two-minute situations. Just got to be better, all around.”

Well, perhaps.

Finley is 29-for-61 passing for 282 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions in two starts. The 47.5 completion percentage is bad, the 4.6 yards per pass attempt is worse, as he’s 1-of-6 on passes beyond 20 yards.

“We are just not getting enough explosive passes, it’s got to be so methodical coming down the field, to get the points, and that has really been the story of our year to an extent. Being explosive down the field and getting those long touchdowns,” rookie coach Zac Taylor said. “It’s not easy, it’s not easy. We are just trying to find ways to give our guys a chance to be explosive and we are going to keep searching.”

But hey, they’re 0-10, so there’s room to develop for the future, so there’s no real reason to not see what they have in the fourth-round pick.

And if it doesn’t work, they’ll have a better chance to draft the next one.

21 responses to “Quarterback of 0-10 team: “I’ve got to be better”

  1. That’s better than the one I’d use, which is, “This is the Bengals, you know?” Props to this guy for being accountable and keeping the seat warm for Joe Burrow.

  2. Whats the bangles thing with red head quarterbacks? I feel like Opie has been at the helm for 20 years now

  3. You really have to wonder if the owner even cares about fielding a decent team. Perhaps the NFL with all their “rules changes” should have a means to compel a flailing owner who routinely puts a poor product on the field to sell the team

  4. He’s trying but he just doesn’t have it.

    The Bengals blew years of opportunity by hanging on to Dalton, they had the defense but he’s just not championship material.

  5. It would be funny if the Bengals draft ahead of the Dolphins and take their QB, so the Dolphins tanked nor nothing.

  6. Blame the Bengals GM and owner they drank the McVay cool-aid that any whoever coached with McVay is the second coming of someone like Lombardi or Belichek so they must hire him no matter he had no real experience. As it turns out McVay’s revolutionizing offense was a one trick pony that was exposed now he is clueless how to change and forgot the O-line. The Bengals should have the number one pick, can the coach, dump Andy and hire someone other then the flavor of the month offensive coordinator, but this is the Bengals so they will copy Lamar and draft someone like Hurts because he can run the ball and ignore the fact that he is not a great passer.

  7. Finley nor anybody else has no chance with this offensive line. Neither would anyone else. Its amazing ! This team lowballed Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler but paid Bobby Hart. How did they even find John Jerry? This is the worst offensive line in the league.

  8. streetyson says:
    November 21, 2019 at 10:03 am
    It’s not just that they’re 0-10, it’s that they’re 0-10 in the softest division outside the NFCE.

    Pats fans talking about soft divisions is adorable. Also, your Pats lost to a team in the Bengals division…

  9. Ryan Finley is playing because the Bengals aren’t trying to win. He has shown 1 thing in his two starts – Jeff Driskel is a better backup QB.

    The Bengals didn’t set out to tank (although with that offensive line, maybe that was their first mistake) but as the losses mounted, it became clear that they were in contention for the top overall pick. Dalton wins them 3-4 games this year – probably bad enough for the 3rd or 4th pick. But it’s not the top pick. So, Ryan Finley.

  10. sportsinsight574221627 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 10:22 am
    Seeing as how they have only played 30% of their games against division opponents so far…

    Only 30%? At season’s end they will have ‘only’ played 7.5% more of their games than that against division opponents. Baltimore & Pittsburgh taking turns at the top of the division and Cleveland and Cincy rotating at the bottom doesn’t make it a good division.

  11. This isn’t about winning games, its about evaluating whether Finley shows signs that he could be a starter if he had AJ and an O-line so the Bengals can draft Chase Young, or if he can’t and they need to draft Burrow or Herbert.

  12. It’s really not a good idea to throw a rookie quarterback out there behind a horrible offensive line on a winless team. Finley is just a sacrificial lamb at this point.

  13. packers291 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 10:50 am
    Dalton is better, why not play the best players? Should we ask Herm Edwards why the game is played?

    the year is over. why play dalton when you know he cant win big games. play the rookie and see if he can be a viable backup for the future.

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