Bengals QB – The Red Rifle
Andy Dalton is the most-maligned playoff quarterback of this generation.
Perennial playoff contenders like Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and Joe Flacco have their detractors, but their fans can point to a Super Bowl title or two and silence the critics to a degree. Tony Romo has a lot of haters, but he only has one trip to the playoffs in the past 5 seasons and therefore really doesn’t qualify as a contender–not a perennial one.
Then there’s Andy Dalton.
When he came to the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2nd round out of TCU back in 2011, the team had missed the playoffs the 3 previous seasons and 17 of the previous 18 years. Since he became the Bengals’ starting QB, Dalton has led the team to the playoffs 5 out of 6 years. Yet each year, speculation swirls that the team either wants to replace him or should replace him.
The genesis of that speculation is an 0-5 record in playoff games. Besides a 6-point loss to the Houston Texans in the 2012-2013 campaign, none of the games have been close. In a league where elite quarterback play is essential, the consensus has been that Andy Dalton simply isn’t good enough to get the team to the next level.
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Maybe that’s the case. Or maybe the team around Andy Dalton hasn’t been good enough. Plenty of 2nd-tier NFL quarterbacks have taken teams to the Super Bowl in their careers. A few of them have won a world championship. Consistently getting into the playoffs has it’s value, because it puts a team in a position where all the elements can come together. Do it enough times and everything is likely to click one year.
Luck happens when opportunity meets hard work. Andy Dalton has put in the hard work, so maybe he gets lucky one of these years. It sure beats missing the playoffs all but one year for the better part of two decades.
Andy Dalton Profile
Weight: 216 lbs
College: Texas Christian (TCU)
Years Pro: 5
Round: 2 – Pick: 35
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Jersey Number: 14
Twitter Page: @andydalton14
Andy Dalton Quotes
I was fortunate to end up in Cincinnati with a great situation; I was able to come in, compete and start early.
It seems like everybody is going to find a nickname with red or something for my hair. So, the ‘Red Rifle’ is all right.
The quarterback is the leader of the team and the quarterback is the one that has the ball in his hands every single play.
Not everything is going to go exactly as you plan. It’s what you do when everything breaks down.
The most rewarding thing for me is people coming up and thanking me for being a great character guy for their kids; for being a class act off the field. That is the kind of person I want to be. It’s very fulfilling.
I’m living out my dream of playing ball in he NFL.