The Cincinnati Bengals went from bad to worst and now they’re trying to go back to just being bad.
They don’t know whether they want to press forward with Ryan Finley or Andy Dalton, although they clearly aren’t thrilled about either quarterback. After benching Dalton on the day of the trade deadline, the Bengals have allowed Ryan Finley three starts.
All three have been subpar and have led to him being benched. Finley had just two touchdowns and two interceptions in three games. It was really his failed attempt at leading the offense that doomed him, not his numbers.
Now, they’re going to back to Andy Dalton.
Well, apparently they want to win games and thought they had a better chance with Finley. Now, they’ve changed their minds and the entire NFL is really wondering what’s happening in the Queen City.
Former Browns legend Joe Thomas chimed in on the situation and had some depleting words Cincinnati.
Never should've been benched: why are the @bengals now, all of a sudden, worried about winning? It’s either your strategy the entire season, or it isn’t. Bad franchies oscillate back and forth between;— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) November 25, 2019
1) playing for the future;
2) Playing to win now
Pick a land and stay in it https://t.co/7I1rXVADeo
Thomas is not wrong.
The Bengals went from playing for the now to playing for the future and back to playing for the present.
Do the Bengals want to win? It should’ve been obviously halfway through the Oakland game that Dalton presented the best chance to actually win the game; however, Taylor made no mid-game adjustment and continued to let Finely start.
The Bengals scored just ten points the following week in an extremely winnable home game against Pittsburgh.
Finley may be a capable quarterback in the NFL, but Dalton has been in the system for almost a decade. He’s clearly the better option, showing an ability to drive the ball instead of falling stagnant after three downs.
However, now with a two-game lead, the Bengals can win against the Jets or Dolphins and still remain the team with the best chance at the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Either way, the Bengals have looked like a mess with the numerous changes at quarterback.