Bengals’ Zac Taylor didn’t consider pulling veteran QB Andy Dalton in Week 4
Sitting among the NFL’s bottom feeders, the Cincinnati Bengals and Zac Taylor weren’t able to get their desired result on Monday night, losing to the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-3. In the loss, quarterback Andy Dalton looked worse than ever, throwing for under 200 yards and turning the ball over twice.
Despite Dalton’s struggles first year head coach Zac Taylor never considered taking him out of the game. Per Chris Roling of the Bengals Wire, Taylor affirmed that there was never a point where he contemplated subbing the 9th year quarterback:
“There wasn’t. Andy is our leader right now and he’s fighting.”
Dalton has spent the entirety of his career with the Bengals but has only thrown for over 4000 yards twice and tossed for over 30 touchdowns once. As Dalton continues to get accustom to Taylor’s new offense, which is trying to imitate what the league has seen in Los Angeles, Dalton might not be the right guy for what Taylor is trying to execute.
Through the first two games Dalton did lead the league is passing yards, but his accuracy and decision making is questionable. Dalton currently boasts five touchdowns with seven turnovers and four interceptions, which doesn’t exactly add up to a winning formula.
He doesn’t deserve all the blame as the Bengals host one of the worst offensive lines in football in addition to AJ Green, and now possibly John Ross, being out. Dalton should receive more time to get his pieces back but once the season concludes who knows where Dalton will be.