Should the Bengals ditch Dalton?

Are you a Cincinnati Bengals fan ready to see someone else take the snaps for the team next season?

Sports Illustrated is with you.

Or at least the guy who breaks down film and writes the team previews for the magazine is.

Writes Andy Benoit in the most recent issue:

This is as much about a franchise philosophy as it is about Andy Dalton in particular. The Bengals’ approach has long been to pay for a middle-tier QB and surround him with talent, investing early picks at receiver, running back, tight end and offensive tackle. With Dalton there have been ups and downs (dictated largely by how well he moves within the pocket), and all but one of his seven campaigns have ended somewhere between 6–10 and 11–5. That’s respectable but ultimately unfulfilling. If owner Mike Brown is unwilling to change leadership at the coaching level, he at least needs to evolve Cincinnati’s on-field identity. This year’s draft offers at least four first-round QBs, and Dalton would count just $2.4 million in dead money against the cap if he was released.

So there you have it.

If anyone tries to tell you only irrational fans would advocate replacing an average quarterback at a time half the league or more doesn't have an average quarterback, just point them to this story.

Someone with no skin in the game is calling for it now.

Although I'm not sure where Benoit got the idea the Bengals have always settled for middle-tier QB play (Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason and Carson Palmer would all beg to differ), the rest of the analysis is spot-on.

"Respectable but unfulfilling" should be Dalton's Twitter handle.

It's a great descriptor for Dalton and the Bengals teams Dalton has led... except the last two seasons when they weren't even that (though he was individually).

However, there is no reason to think this is advice the team will be taking. Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis seem quite committed to Dalton, who does come comparatively cheap these days if nothing else. National magazine says Cincinnati needs a new quarterback

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Marcus Hartman
Marcus Hartman
Marcus Hartman has been a digital sports columnist and reporter at Cox Media Group Ohio since 2016.