The Cincinnati Bengals have a new offensive coordinator in Hue Jackson after Jay Gruden went to the Washington Redskins for their head coaching vacancy. He has a simple plan for getting the Bengals to the next level and it is really simple, ask quarterback Andy Dalton to do less.
There’s a belief in some pockets of Paul Brown Stadium that the Bengals are built pretty much like the newly-crowned Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Not only do the Bengals have a top-five defense and a game-changer at running back as well as a young, smallish quarterback who has an impressive winning percentage, but they have more weapons at receiver than the Super Bowl champs.
The problem is the interceptions. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson won a title averaging 25.4 passes in the regular season and then didn’t throw more than 25 in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Dalton suffered 20 interceptions averaging 37 passes per game and two more in the wild card game when he threw 51 passes even though the defense had the Bengals in every game.
That means the Bengals won’t look to the draft to immediately upgrade the position. It doesn’t mean they won’t consider taking a quarterback, but not necessarily at the top of the draft looking to move on from Dalton.
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