One concern about Andy has been his physical ability to make certain throws, but perhaps a greater concern is his performance in primetime (SNF, MNF, TNF, playoff) games and AFC North games. Many, including myself, have referred to Dalton having hot streaks and cold streaks, but there's a correlation with the opponents as well. E.g., the "Good Andy" who was awarded the AFC Offensive Player of the Month (which was awarded before the primetime Halloween game) did not face a single divisional opponent nor an opponent in primetime. And the "Bad Andy" that we saw from Halloween through the rest of November played exclusively divisional or primetime opponents. Take a look at these staggering splits. Usually everything from comp%, to turnovers, as well as his confidence and psyche when observing him (especially in the playoff game), is much worse:
2013 Sunday afternoon non-divisional games (9): 200/288 (69.44 comp%), 2594 passing yards, 9.007 YPA, 23 TD, 7 INT, 113.9 passer rating
2013 primetime and AFC North games (8): 192/349 (55.01 comp%), 2036 passing yards, 5.834 YPA, 11 TD, 16 INT, 63.64 passer rating
Next season, while it'll be great to see Andy once again do very well in the Sunday afternoon games against non-divisional opponents, how he performs in the divisional and primetime games, especially when the playoffs come along, ought to be a major determining factor on whether he stays or goes.