Dennis Allen: No consideration to benching Andy Dalton

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Saints coach Dennis Allen says he is not considering benching quarterback Andy Dalton.

Asked after Monday night’s loss to the Ravens whether he considered making a change at quarterback, Allen answered, “No, I didn’t.”

Allen said Dalton was far from the only one to blame for the offense not doing much in the Saints’ 27-13 loss.

“There was a lot that wasn’t good offensively tonight. There was a lot of dirty hands in that,” Allen said.

Dalton completed 19 of 29 passes for 210 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Asked if the performance changed his commitment to Dalton, Allen again answered, “No.”

Jameis Winston opened the season as the Saints’ starting quarterback but hasn’t played since getting hurt in Week Three. Winston is healthy now and could play, but Allen seems to believe Dalton gives his team its best chance to win, despite Monday night’s loss.

40 responses to “Dennis Allen: No consideration to benching Andy Dalton

  1. Not to worry – Steelers Defense on the horizon for Dalton or Winston. Even if Watt comes back, he’s destined to reinjure himself.

  2. Ravens defense had a lot to do with the way Dalton played. Give then some credit. Andy was ok against the Raiders’ D, right?

  3. There should’ve been. He had zero pocket awareness and as bad as the offensive line was in the first half the ball did not get out of his hands quickly. When he did throw it seemed like the ball was batted down at the line of scrimmage constantly.

    That’s either on him or the OC.

  4. The Aints were dead in the water as soon as Winston and Kamara were named as team captains.

  5. Smart move. Andy Dalton gives the best chance to win. Glad to see the Saints aren’t tanking. Looking at you Indianapolis Colts.

  6. Smart move. Let’s not leave out that last week Dalton rallied a comeback against the Raiders. If you want more wins? Keep Dalton in. If you are looking for 4th quarter garbage time stat padding? Throw Jameis in there.

  7. Start TAYSOM HILL for gods sake! TAYSOM is the only hope you have to right this ship and you’re too blind to see that!

  8. 19-29 for 220 is totally fine. I know it’s not JUST about the numbers and he missed a gimmie TD, but it’s funny how he has respectable passing numbers and yet Lamar throws for a buck thirty (his usual passing performance every other game) and it’s cool. Not like Dalton has many more weapons than Lamarrrrr. But I guess nowadays pulling the ball down and running after the first read is the equivalent of waving one of those noisy shaker toys in front of an infant. Lowest common denominator attribute of a quarterback

  9. The line did not show up tonight. The injuries to the wr group show up when you play a complete team on defense.

    They were just beat on that side of the ball.

  10. Best chance to win (a top 5 Draft pick)

    What’s beautiful is they traded this to the Eagles already. Go Birds!

  11. In the NFL to build it up you must first tear it down. I think the top 5 first round draft picks should be a lottery. Teams tank trying to get highest pick possible so actually the biggest loser is the biggest winner at the end of the year. Why should failure be rewarded?

  12. We know the Saints have 2 QB’s with a long history demonstrating pretty low ceilings. We also know they have a very dynamic ‘tight end’ who has a 4-1 record as a starter at QB, completes 65% of his passes, runs like a gazelle and has an unknown upside. Maybe it’s time to figure out how high that ceiling is. Unfortunately, that ain’t likely to happen even in a season that is spiraling out of control.

  13. Is hill injured why not play him more he seems to bring an energy to the games when he is in.

  14. truckmonth says:
    November 8, 2022 at 8:09 am
    Best chance to win (a top 5 Draft pick)

    Except that the Eagles have their first round pick because of them wanting Chris Olave last year.

  15. hammmerr says:

    November 8, 2022 at 7:09 am

    In other words, we’re tanking

    In other words you have no idea what your talking about 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️ They dont have their 1st rd pick so no their not tanking🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  16. Start Taysom. Most passes accurate, won’t stand in the pocket to be sacked, and a threat to run like most of the currently successful team’s qbs are. Division not out of reach yet, but will be if continue on current course. The injuries are significant, but many teams are managing with the same issues.

  17. the saints are a mess, putting it nicely. i thought allen was going to be a better HC, at least have the D rocking. 1st, the D cant tackle they look like U10 pop warner team tackling up high and just running by ball carriers and honey badger lost his teeth cause he is a another home town joke. 2nd, it must be hard when your top 2 WR are never on the field, thomas is a joke of a player, he played for a contract and was done and jarvis, come on, he wanted a home coming, all he wanted was a short drive to the field from his house or to watch from home cause he is a joke this year as well. 3rd, winston was never the answer and dalton is a playing like a red headed step qb, he is washed up. I can only guess they dont play hill at qb casue they dont want a so called qb controversy when he goes on a 3-4 winning streak, i cant understand why they dont use him more, he solely was the cause of 2 of their wins this season and put up better rushing, pasing numbers then the position playes. i get if they dont use him as qb(not really) but have him on the field 75% of the snaps so they have to account for him, if you dont hink he can consistantly throw he can catch and run consistantly, not just when everyone and their mother knows he is in to run. also, kamara is a joke, he seems to be just trying not to get hurt before his suspension this way he can have a good time on paid leave. everyone always said sean peyton was a genius, i dont think that i think he had a crystal ball and got out of dodge at the right time.

  18. Sunday Swami says:
    November 8, 2022 at 9:55 am
    hammmerr says:

    November 8, 2022 at 7:09 am

    In other words, we’re tanking

    In other words you have no idea what your talking about 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️ They dont have their 1st rd pick so no their not tanking🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️
    Yes they do have their first round pick, and if the draft were held today, it would be the 14th pick. So they a ton of tanking to do and Dalton is the best way to get to the promised land.

  19. If he had no consideration of benching Dalton then he proved he’s clueless and in a very few months
    will be fired where do these teams find these God awful coaches ??

  20. Start Winston over Hill who is a gimmick player a very good one but still a gimmick . Dalton anything over 2 games as a starter is a disaster this coach is clueless .

  21. If I were Coach Allen,.. I’d have benched the Offensive Line before benching Dalton. They were OFFENSIVE.

  22. The team has been decimated by injuries two seasons in a row. If the team was relatively healthy the QB conversation would come into play. Top tier quarterbacks are not easy to come by.

  23. Winston has a good record as the starter for them and is far more explosive. They aren’t good enough to have a game manager like Dalton plugging up and down the field all game. He’s ideal on a great squad that needs a turnover free game manager – this team ain’t that. Play Winston.

  24. cbwv1974 says:
    Then why is Jameis even on the roster?
    That is NOT a thread you want to pull at…
    Starting days likely behind him!

  25. I wonder if there’s any regret at not being sellers at the trade deadline. Sure they don’t have a 1st but they might’ve been able to get another team’s 1st.

  26. The injury to center Erik McCoy in the second quarter (I think it was then) really destabilized the o-line, and Ruiz, his backup, was not nearly as effective at making o-line blocking calls and checks (the center’s job). Plus, Dennis Allen has no confidence in Winston after he threw three fourth quarter INTs vs Tampa in a game the Saints were winning 3-0 in the fourth. Plus the defensive secondary (Marcus Maye in particular) got abused, and the injury to Pete Werner really set the defense back. This was worse than the Miami game last year, when at least the Saints had COVID (22 players out) as an excuse. I’m afraid it’s going to be a long, slow decline the rest of the season for the Saints

  27. Allen has proven that he is NOT a good head coach. The sAints fans came alive when Hill was the QB briefly in the game and were productive. Then, silence when Opie came back in.

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