The Cincinnati Bengals are open to discussing a contract extension for QB Andy Dalton.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is standing by QB Andy Dalton after he turned the ball over three times in the team's Wild Card loss to the San Diego Chargers Sunday, Jan. 5. Dalton is 0-3 with six interceptions and one touchdown in his playoff career, good for a QBR of 17.9. 'I believe in his abilities, I believe in his makeup, I believe in his maturity. And I believe in his ability to let the last play go and move on to the next play. That's probably one of his best attributes of all,' Lewis said.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton's postseason struggles continued with one touchdown and three interceptions Sunday, Jan. 5, against the San Diego Chargers. That dropped his record in playoffs to 0-3 with one touchdown and five interceptions. Head coach Marvin Lewis, still looking for that first postseason win himself with an 0-5 record, backed Dalton in the tough moments after his toughest loss in 11 seasons when the inevitable question about the future of the quarterback was broached. 'I don't have any questions about Andy's role in this thing. We just have to keep working it,' Lewis said. 'We've got to make sure we're doing everything to help Andy all the time. He's going to be very disappointed in himself today, obviously. He is the football team, and I'm sure he's very disappointed.
Fantasy Impact: It was a really bad showing for Dalton, who just can't get over the hump during the postseason.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is confident in the midst of a rough three-game stretch. 'I'm confident as ever,' Dalton said. 'You have to have confidence. For us, as a team, we feel like we're in control of everything and that's where we want to be at this point.' He had three touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns in Week 11 but compiled just 93 yards passing for a 48.1 percent completion rating, a 62.7 passer rating and a career-low 3.7 QBR rating. Dalton has tossed at least one interception in his last four games, including eight in his last three.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw a career-high five touchdown passes in Week 8 against the New York Jets. He completed 19 of his 30 passes for 325 yards, and four of his TD passes went to WR Marvin Jones. Dalton now has three straight 300-yard passing games with at least three TD passes for the first time in his career.
Fantasy Impact: Dalton had a huge game and 11 touchdowns the last three games. He is playing the best football of his life right now. He is a legit No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton had a great rhythm in the first two days of training camp but forced throws into coverage over the next few practices. 'The way he's commanded the offense, he knows it's his team now,' WR A.J. Green said.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has thrown for 47 touchdown passes in 32 career games, with only Hall of Famer QB Dan Marino (68) and Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (52) throwing for more in their first two NFL seasons. Still, he is 0-2 in the playoffs, and there are doubts whether Dalton can take the team to the next level.
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green praised QB Andy Dalton, and said that 2013 is not a make-or-break year for him. 'I don't feel like it's a make-or-break year for him,' Green said. 'He's still the quarterback of the future because he has every intangible to be a great one. He works hard, he has great leadership. I think he'll be fine.' 'You look at Tom Brady and all the best quarterbacks in the league, it takes four or five years for them to really get in a groove,' Green said. 'Aaron Rodgers sat behind (Brett) Favre for years. (The criticism) comes with the territory.'
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden thinks the offense is due to make big improvements in the right direction this year after the team drafted TE Tyler Eifert and RB Giovani Bernard. Gruden has been pleased with the way the players have adjusted and adapted to his installation of a new offense during organized team activities. He's also happy with increased repetitions for QB Andy Dalton and the improvements of the skill players. 'The thing about our offense is they came back and are willing to work hard, they are all unselfish and have a great understanding of what it is going to take for us to get to the next level,' Gruden said. The offense has run some no-huddle plays this week and Dalton likes the look it gives the team.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has, during organized team activities, been focusing on improving the trajectory and accuracy of his throws while working with quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese. Dalton also is practicing a quicker dropback in the pocket. The club is hoping first-round TE Tyler Eifert will help stretch the offense so defensive attention doesn't squarely target WR A.J. Green.