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Monday, January 6, 2014

Bengals' Andy Dalton not the only reason Cincinatti suffers another playoff loss

By on 1/06/2014 05:00:00 PM

Cincinatti Bengals quarterback, Andy Dalton, has led the Who Deys into the playoffs for three straight seasons and as Darin Gantt of NBCSports reports, despite continuous January letdowns, the Bengals have no plans to change their man under center.

Gantt reports that Dalton told reporters today that head coach Marvin Lewis still has faith in him to lead the Bengals next season and that Dalton will be there "for a long time."

Dalton enters the final year of his contract in 2014 and he will need a statistically successful year and some playoff victories if he wants "funny" money.  However, it is hard to put this year's playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers exclusively on Dalton.

The whole team did not seem prepared to play on Sunday.  The Bengals as a team failed to make the necessary adjustments and the Bengals' offense literally had no answer for what the Chargers were doing on defense.

I realize Dalton tossed a few interceptions.  In addition, his ill-fated third and long scramble and headfirst dive that resulted in a bumbling fumble recovered by the Bolts ruined any football street cred he earned during the regular season, but "Roadhouse" Andy was just trying to make a play.

For me, the loss on Sunday comes down to coaching and being properly prepared. The Bengals are an overall better team than San Diego but for one game on one Sunday, they were not the better-coached team.

Marvin Lewis claims Dalton will be a Bengal for a long time, but will Lewis.

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