The Cincinnati Bengals 2019 season has not kicked off like their dedicated fanbase had hoped. Losing their first seven games, the Bengals are one of two winless teams remaining.
Part of their issue has been staring quarterback Andy Dalton. Whether you want to blame Dalton or not, the numbers speak for themselves.
After a hot start, Dalton’s cooled off to be one of the AFC’s worst quarterbacks, throwing the second-most interceptions in the conference. He’s tied for the third-most interceptions with Atlanta’s Matt Ryan.
Many may calling for his starting job, but Dalton still believes that the bulk of the time that he puts the team in a position to win. Dalton talked about his early-season struggles and more, according to a team report from Bengals.com.
“There are some things that I wish I could have back, and there are some things that I’ve done well. The big thing for me is being consistent and making plays when they’re there.”
Dalton knew that this past week, with back-to-back interceptions on two fourth-quarter plays, and the team’s late-game inability to drive the ball was on him. This type of struggle is something Dalton must correct in a hurry.
“There have been times where I’ve given us a chance to be in these games and have the chance to win. And there’s a couple of them – last week was unfortunate with the way things turned out. The ball was in my hands, and I need to make good decisions. You need to put it in the right spot. Obviously, other things can happen. At the end of the day, the ball is in my hands and I need to make those decisions.”
He just hasn’t been himself this season. The difficulties are part on Dalton, part the on receivers, and a larger part on the offensive line. However, he had success behind this line so he should know the time he has when he drops back.
In Week 1, Dalton threw for a career-high 418 yards and two touchdowns. This past week he went for one touchdown and a season-high three interceptions. He must do better, and he knows that consistency will be the key.
Dalton was also asked about a potential change at quarterback. Let’s just say it doesn’t seem like he’d take too kindly of the idea.
“It hasn’t been spoken in this building.”