The Cincinnati Bengals are going to start Andy Dalton at quarterback season. He's never won a playoff game, but Dalton is the Bengals' QB. But, that doesn't mean he should be. Here are four reasons why the Bengals should start AJ McCarron over Dalton.
Look, we all know what Andy Dalton's ceiling is. He'll have some awful games, he'll have some good ones and then he'll lose in the postseason. He's not going to get the Bengals to where the rest of the team's talent dictates they should. With McCarron, there is at least the potential to go beyond another disappointing playoff loss. The Bengals are in the midst of a Super Bowl window and it won't last forever. Cincinnati should at least give McCarron a shot.
Dalton isn't the answer, so if McCarron gets a shot and fails, that's okay. If that happens, the Bengals will be in a better position to get a true franchise QB in the NFL Draft. Whether McCarron is a success or not, it's worth trying.
Dalton is regressing. He's thrown for the same amount yards and more interceptions last season than he did in his first year. That's the opposite of what a QB is supposed to do. Dalton threw 19 TDs and 17 INTs last year. Yeah, his supporting cast was hurt, but that is an awful ratios. With so much talent on the offense and defense, the Bengals don't need anything more than a QB who won't turn the ball over. Dalton has proven he can't do that. McCarron has proven he won't during his time at Alabama and in the preseason.