Things aren’t going all that well for the Cincinnati Bengals right now, and that means quarterback Andy Dalton could very well find himself on the chopping block.
That’s according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. He relays that the Bengals are saying Dalton is A-OK as far as they’re concerned, but he’s reporting something very different coming from the locker room.
The team insists that quarterback Andy Dalton is safe. But the feeling within the locker room, we’re told, is that the leash isn’t quite so long, and that if the struggles continue under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, the next one to go could be Dalton.
This means that A.J. McCarron would take over, if Dalton is indeed benched. But there’s a feeling among some of the players that the Bengals should go off the board and consider bringing in Colin Kaepernick.
The Bengals have started the 2017-18 season off 0-2 after a 20-0 loss to the Ravens and a 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans. The start has been so bad, in fact, that Cincinnati has already fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, and the higher-ups may be now turning their sights on their long-time franchise quarterback.
Dalton was drafted by the Bengals in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft and for all intents and purposes, he has been a solid starter. In fact, there have been times when he’s been one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler and has thrown for over 4,000 yards twice in his NFL career.
With that said, this season has not been good for the former TCU Horned Frog. He has yet to throw a touchdown in two games and in he threw four interceptions against Baltimore alone.
Perhaps Dalton is finally losing his touch, and if that was the case, it makes sense for Cincinnati to look at different options — perhaps even Colin Kaepernick.