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Dalton still is the future...



I know this is hard to stomach after the most recent postseason debacle but it's true. He has shown he has the talent and while he still was inconsistent this year he showed improvement. I was in an uproar yesterday and I had said maybe we should draft a qb. The truth is this comes down to Marvin he is now 0-5 in playoffs and his team for whatever reason doesn't show up for the big games. Fire Marvin and promote Zim to HC. Now back to Dalton I know Andy Dalton is no Peyton Manning but the facts are his stats are very similar and if you recall it took 3 seasons for manning to get over the playoff hump. Dalton has done what you'd expect a 3rd quarterback to do which is improve statistically in every category besides INT. He has broken records Palmer set in place that I would have never imagined him doing when drafted 3 years ago. Does he make throws that have me screaming WTF at my TV? Yes he does, the one thing Dalton lacks is consistency and that comes with age. Don't misunderstand me I'm not defending Dalton at all for his horrific post season numbers. I just believe we need to give him one more year. It's the final year of his contract and I really don't see any better options in the draft unless we trade a kings ransom to move up. The reason this team is so good is because they have continued to get value at their position in the draft. Give Dalton one more year and instead of getting a QB improve the CB position and draft a D-lineman to fill M. Johnson's spot. Next year if Dalton still doesn't get it done then trade up and draft a QB. Bringing in another QB this offseason is not the right move. Andy has the weight of Cincinnati on his shoulders and I think it would destroy him mentally to go out and draft a sub par QB for "competition" I.E. Mark Sanchez. For those saying Tahj is the answer in the draft I really don't think so unless we can get him in the second or third he's not a first round talent. I think Jay Gruden leaving will be a blessing in disguise. He is a very good talent evaluater but his play calls have been abysmal and look no further then yesterdays game. We got down 4 and instead of continuing with the balanced attack that worked in the first half or throwing some screens to combat our awful O-line performance coupled by the fact they were blitzing all day he continued to throw down field. Where were the check downs? I'm sorry but I think at the very least give Andy the benefit of the doubt for one more year, hopefully Hue Jackson will be the offense coordinator. Hell just look what he did with Oakland to give them a top ten offense with Jason Campbell and McFadden and no name receivers.

Look at these stats from big time QB's in the post season and tell me the difference between them and Dalton who statically is just as good in his first three seasons if not better.

Drew Brees - 3 playoff games, 1-2 record, and it took him till his 6th season (5th as a starter) in the NFL to win his first playoff game.

Jay Cutler - Has never been in the playoffs

Eli Manning - 7 playoff games, 4-3 record, and it took him till his 4th season (3.5 as a starter) in the NFL to win his first playoff game. And he is 0-3 save for his Super Bowl run (initially 0-2 in the playoffs).

Peyton Manning - 7-8 record, and it took him till his 6th season in the NFL to win his first playoff game (initially 0-3 in the playoffs and 5 times losing in the first game they played in the playoffs).

Philip Rivers - 6 playoff games, 3-3 record, and it took him till his 4th season to win a playoff game (2nd as a starter).

Matt Ryan was 0-3 till last year when he finally got a win.

I know Dalton has a much better supporting cast then most of these guys did but it doesn't take away from the fact that a lot of the "big time" qb's have struggled early in their playoff careers as well. As mad as we all are and I was absolutely heartbroken yesterday. I don't think it's time to grab the pitch forks and chase Dalton out of town just yet.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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