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Ickey Woods: Bengals must win playoff game, or go in different direction at QB

If the Bengals don't win a playoff game this year, Ickey Woods thinks it's time to go with someone other than Andy Dalton at QB.

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Ickey Woods knows what it takes to win in the postseason, and he's tired of seeing the Bengals fail to do so.

Woods only played for four seasons with the Bengals before injuries ended his career prematurely in the 1990s. However, he helped lead his team to three playoff wins in his four-year career, three more than Cincinnati has since that last postseason win Woods was part of in 1990. The Bengals have lost six-straight playoff games since that last win, including an 0-4 mark under Andy Dalton as the starting quarterback.

If Dalton doesn't lead the Bengals to a playoff win this year, Woods made it clear he thinks big changes should then be made, as told an interview with ESPN's Coley Harvey:

"This is the year we must win a playoff game or it's time to start looking in a different direction at the quarterback spot," Woods said. "His thing of not being able to win the big game, he's got to shake that and get it done this year."

In four playoff starts, Dalton has completed just 55.7 percent of his passes with 873 yards, one touchdown and six interceptions. While not all of the Bengals' playoff woes can be placed on Dalton's shoulders, it's clear the Bengals were never in a position to win a postseason game because of Dalton. When teams typically make any kind of playoff run, they win at least one game because of their QB.

If the Bengals fail to win a playoff game this year, excuses aside, Dalton will get most, if not all of the blame for another postseason shortcoming. Let's just hope that's not the case. But if it is, could we see a change at the quarterback position next season?