The Bengals have scored just nine points and 553 total yards through two games, and veteran starter Andy Dalton’s job could be in question.
Dalton has completed just 54.5-percent of his passes through two games, for 394 total yards, no touchdowns, and four interceptions.
There is no real way to finesse it: he has been very, very bad so far this season.
Dalton has started every game that he’s been active for in his six-plus year NFL career, missing three to injury in 2015. He’s been a serviceable starter to this point, but according to ProFootballTalk, the Red Rifle’s job could be in jeopardy.
The team insists that quarterback Andy Dalton is safe. But the feeling within the locker room, we’re told, is that the leash isn’t quite so long, and that if the struggles continue under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, the next one to go could be Dalton.
Former Alabama star quarterback AJ McCarron is the current back-up in Cincinnati, and he has played fairly well in limited time during his NFL career. He also has a strong winning pedigree, though that doesn’t always translate from the college ranks. However, he’s not the only option that PFT raises. It also mentions the possibility of signing Colin Kaepernick.
This means that A.J. McCarron would take over, if Dalton is indeed benched. But there’s a feeling among some of the players that the Bengals should go off the board and consider bringing in Colin Kaepernick.
Yes, Colin Kaepernick. Though there’s no indication that the team would consider making such a move, zero touchdowns and nine points in two full games can cause a team to start turning over stones in search of answer.
That would certainly be a radical change, but right now the Bengals look like one of the worst teams in the NFL, and are in definite trouble of missing the playoffs for the second straight season. The franchise has not missed the playoffs in back-to-back years since 2007 and 2008.