Andy Dalton: Bengals' version of Romo

Andy Dalton: Bengals' version of Romo
January 5, 2014, 7:15 pm
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“I don’t have any questions about Andy’s role,” Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said of quarterback Andy Dalton after Sunday’s 27-10 playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers.

Well, that makes one of you.

Dalton threw two interceptions and lost a fumble on Sunday. Though it’s an NFL truism to say the quarterback gets too much credit or too much blame, it’s not too much to hang this loss on Dalton.

At NFL.com, Chris Wesseling summed it up succinctly: “The Cincinnati Bengals had the better team Sunday. They didn't have the better quarterback.”

In three postseason games, Dalton has six interceptions and one touchdown. In three seasons, he has established himself as the Bengals’ Tony Romo — some nice numbers and occasionally outstanding performances, coupled with coming up small when it counts the most.

Wesseling wrote that the Bengals, rather than find somebody else to lead them at QB, seem committed to letting Dalton drag down what is in so many ways a talented team.

“Mediocrity is anathema to the NFL's best-run franchises. This one is more likely to hitch itself to Dalton's fallen star, committing to long-term morass rather than turning over every rock for an ascendent talent.”

Haven’t the Bengals seen enough of a sample size after three seasons and, more importantly, three postseasons?