The second round draft pick out of TCU has done great things by getting the Bengals to the playoffs each of his first three seasons, something only four other quarterbacks have done in NFL history. Dalton has yet to win in the postseason.
The losses in the playoffs, have been downright horrible.
He has played his worst games on the big stage, including three turnovers committed in the second half on Sunday that help the San Diego Chargers pull away to a 27-10 victory that extended Cincinnati’s playoff misery.
It’s been 23 years since the Bengals last won a playoff game, tied for the sixth longest streak in league history.
In those games, Dalton has thrown for one touchdown and six interceptions.
So, what the heck now?
Head coach Marvin Lewis, who is now 0-5 in the playoffs, said Monday his quarterback is still the team leader and the guy.
“I believe in his abilities, I believe in his makeup. I believe in his maturity and I believe in his ability to let the last play go and move on to the next play.” Lewis said.
Well, that might change during the off-season, which will be all about Dalton.
This team has all the talent in the world to return to the playoffs and possibly win a game. The biggest hurdle in getting over the dreaded playoff hump is the quarterback.
Dalton is entering the last year in his contract. Do they believe in him enough to give him an extension? I know Mike Brown and Lewis do, but not some Bengals fans and the media.
The team can let Dalton play out his last season on the contract, and bring in a quarterback through most likely the draft to give him heat or compete for the job.
We will see from here on out, next season I think is big for Dalton, could potentially be his last year in Cincinnati, but it’s the Bengals he’s probably gonna be here for a while.