Bengals’ Dalton: ‘To not have won a game at this point, the standard is higher than that’

What happened to the Cincinnati Bengals against the Jaguars on Sunday epitomized what 2019 has been like for this team. Going into the fourth quarter, Cincinnati was up 10-9, but QB Andy Dalton would throw three interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown, as the Bengals would lose at home to the Jaguars 27-17. 

Dalton finished the game completing 22 of his 43 passes for 276 yards with one passing touchdown, and one rushing TD, and 3 INTs.

“They’re just tough plays. The turnovers … they hurt us,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said after the game. “We were driving there, and we had a fumble on the first drive of the second half that hurt us, (too). We had some guys go the wrong way in the run game — (that) hurt us, at about every position. So, you know, it was not the way we anticipated playing that game, and, really, it’s everybody. Every single player on that field, particularly on offense, has got to step up and do a better job.”

In reality, at 0-7. the 2019 season is essentially over for the Bengals.

“It’s very tough to be in the position we’re in right now,” Dalton said. “To not have won a game at this point, the standard is higher than that. All we can do is put our head down and go to work.”

In nine seasons, Dalton has done a lot of winning in the regular season, which led to four straight playoff appearances(2011-2014). But, he has struggled this season, and when asked if 2019 has been the worst stretch of his career, emotionally. Dalton had this to say. 

“It definitely has. This is what pulls at you,” he said. “When things aren’t going how you had them envisioned, it shows the true character of me and the guys on this team. It’s been good to see everybody sticking together. In tough times, your true character is going to show.”

While many did not expect the Bengals to be a formidable team in 2019, it is surprising that they have not won a game after seven weeks. At this point, all the Bengals can do is play out the season and let the chips fall where they may. 

 

Stephen A. Smith is not a believer in the Bengals(VIDEO)

On Sunday, the Bengals went into Atlanta and beat the Falcons 37-36, and after the first quarter of the NFL season, the Cincinnati Bengals are 3-1, which puts them tied with the Ravens atop of the AFC North. (Bengals hold the tie-breaker after beating Baltimore in Week 2).

Cincy is playing some really good football right now, but some don’t believe in this team, including ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who had this to say about the Bengals on Monday.

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At this point, Marvin Lewis has this team playing well, and they’re getting quality play from QB Andy Dalton, who has thrown 11 touchdowns after four weeks.  Smith is correct about the team’s failures in the playoffs under Lewis(0-7 in playoffs), but if Dalton continues to play at this level, Cincy can get to the playoffs, and maybe, just maybe they will break through this time around.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Bengals: ‘It’s easier to get rid of a coach mid-season than a starting quarterback’

The Cincinnati Bengals are off to a terrible start. They are 0-2 and have not scored a single touchdown in two home games, and because of their poor offensive play, the Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese on Friday and replaced him with Bill Lazor, who was the team’s QB coach.

Who’s to blame for this mess? Former Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh gave his thoughts on the Bengals offensive woes:

“I’ve always been a believer that quarterbacks get way too much blame when things go bad, but they get way too much credit when things are going great. If we’re going to hold everybody accountable, and that’s the case, you gotta look at Andy Dalton,” Houshmandzadeh told TMZ Sports. “You have to look at Andy Dalton because yesterday (against Texans) in the game Brandon LaFell is wide open for a touchdown and he missed him; last play of the game (Alex) Erickson did not create any separation, he did not give Andy Dalton a target. Andy Dalton had to make a perfect throw and he didn’t.”

“And you look at the quarterback and say he is not making plays, or is he not comfortable with the play being called. It’s a combination of the coordinator and the quarterback there not on the same page, and Andy Dalton just not getting it done right now,” said Houshmandzadeh.

Because of the changes, Houshmandzadeh believes the pressure is completely on Dalton:

“It’s easier to get rid of a coach mid-season than a starting quarterback. A lot of pressure now is on Andy Dalton to perform, and it doesn’t get any easier because they going to play Green Bay; the next game they go play the Packers, so it does not get any easier. They don’t score points you might be seeing AJ McCarron in the lineup,” Houshmandzadeh said.

If the Bengals don’t fix their issues on offense, both head coach Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton might be elsewhere next season!