With the first month of the NFL season over, Eli Manning, Andy Dalton, Matt Schaub and Ben Roethlisberger are all quarterbacks who had high expectations coming into this year, but as of now, they have a combined 4-12 record.
The Sporting News’ Ross Tucker believes just that, and also thinks Eli, Roethlisberger, Schaub and Dalton have all been cut enough slack, and need to take more blame for their teams’ struggles thus far:
Both Cincinnati and Houston have gone out of their way to surround these guys with championship-level talent and they have succeeded. Their rosters are loaded. All that is needed for these teams to achieve more is for Schaub and Dalton to take the next step in their individual performance.They have each failed miserably through the first quarter of the season. They’re going in the wrong direction.
With the exception of the first half of the first game against the Chicago Bears, Dalton has not played well at all and his accuracy has been a decent amount worse than it was his first two years. Schaub has had some highly efficient moments and played really well on Sunday against the vaunted Seattle defense until he threw a critical, game-changing interception that was returned for a touchdown for the third straight game. You simply cannot and will not win that way.