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Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:39 pm
HOUSTON: Andy Dalton was three-years old the last time Cincinnati won a playoff game. Madonna was kinda still like a virgin. The DVR was a twinkle in the VCR's eye. It's been a tremendous 21-year drought and it was thought that maybe the Bengals' fabulous rookie could end it against Houston.

The Texans were down to their third string quarterback. They were vulnerable. The problem for the Bengals was this: Dalton was more vulnerable.

After an initial flurry of accuracy and guts, Dalton fell apart, and that's putting it kindly. The Bengals placed the weight of the playoffs on Dalton's shoulders, and like a thousand other rookies, on a thousand past NFL fields, he melted. It happens. It happens to the best. Houston 31 Bengals 10...and reality for Dalton set in like a kick to the sternum.

The Bengals won mainly because Dalton was intercepted three times -- once for a gut-destroying pick-six at the end of the first half. Dalton fell apart but so did the entire Bengals team. Dalton was also sacked four times and the Bengals defense was picked apart in the second half. A 17-10 Houston lead was soon out of hand.

Dalton will learn from this. He's talented. He's smart. Most of all, he's just plain good. The Bengals playoff win drought will end one day, too.

Just not now.

Category: NFL
Tags: Bengals, NFL, Texans

Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:52 pm

Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

When was the last time the Bungles won a playoff game?

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:02 pm

Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

Red-Heads rock. You can't blame the Bangles defeat all on Andy. First of all you must have forgotten that this is a team sport, second you also forgot to give the other team credit for being better at this meeting. You're an idiot. Oh and by the way ....Geaux Saints!!!!

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:01 pm

Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

I can feel your frustration but have one question....who would do better? What other coach would not competely be Bungalized by now? Hello Coslet...Lebeau...etc...we may just have to take this franchise for what it is....keep as much of this core together as we can...wait for another year with easy schedule...stay healthy and hope for a 2009 Arz Cardinals like run..i.e. 9 and 7 then get hot during playoffs....what coach can we bring in to make us annual contenders with Pitt ad Balt? It all starts from the top......3 winning seasons in 8 yrs..actually 21 years..yet this ownership will say this was success....when is 9 and 7 and 1 and done playoofs success for balt. pitt, ne , indy, etc? Guess we need to realize what we one makes us follow us follow this team

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:43 pm

Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

I would have one question for you Freeman...Would you have said the same hting back in 2005? With Palmer, Rudi, Chad, TJ, and some playmakers on D? How did that turn out? I am a Bengal fan..but like manyhave become jaded.....and I am not alone..check the attendance this year....we support the players on this team....great young core....I am just hoping they do not become "Bungalized"...If there is an organization that screw things up with young core this is the one....I hope not...but I have been hoping for 21 years and counting

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:33 pm

Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

It's time for Marvin Lewis to go. As a Bengals fan I feel bad saying it, but I think he's proven he's never going to make it past this point. It's not that I don't appreciate what he's done for the franchise, taking the team to their only three playoff games in the past 20 years. I know people are going to argue and say: "Look at the job Lewis has done this year, taking a team with low expectations, a rookie quarterback, and a defense full of castoffs to the playoffs." But come on Bengals fans who did they really beat? One team with a winning record, the Tennessee Titans (9-7), who by the way didn't make the playoffs. The Bengals were 0-7 this year against teams that made the playoffs. The old adage is to be the best you've got to beat the best, and the Bengals can't even beat the really good teams (i.e. if you want to be really good, you've got to beat the really good). Other than the Titans, the Bengals beat the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, and Arizona Cardinals... and that got them into the playoffs, seriously? Do you need to be a great coach to beat those teams. Let's also review the fact that they lost to the Denver Broncos when Kyle Orton was still the starting quarterback! They also had two shots at the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and Houston Texans, and lost all six of those games! Come on Cincinnati let's be honest with ourselves, when we look at that list of teams the Bengals beat, as well as the huge lack of success against any team with actual NFL talent were our Bengals really that good this year? Did Marvin Lewis really do that great of a coaching job? If you're truly being honest with yourself I think the answer, however deep down, would be and emphatic no. This year was less of a reflection of Marvin Lewis' coaching abilities and more of a result of a cake schedule. That's Lewis' pattern and history with Cincinnati. Most of his success can be attributed to a lack of success the season before. In 2008 the Bengals finished 4-12 overall, because of that the team had a fairly easy schedule in 2009 and road it to the playoffs and a first round exit (sound familiar). History has repeated itself. A tougher schedule in 2010 led to yet another dismal record (despite all the offensive talent - Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, and Terrell Owens). That led to a schedule this year that was elementary (and that's being generous), which yet again led to another "surprising" playoff birth and early first round exit. Marvin Lewis' true colors as an NFL head coach were exposed on national television late in the game against the Texans (probably before that as well) when the Cincinnati wide receivers had no idea where to line up on a fourth and goal with just over three minutes left and down 21, forcing quarterback, Andy Dalton to use the teams final timeout. Although the Bengals hadn't played well for most of the game (after Dalton's late first-half interception), you'd think that after 18 weeks of football, preceded by preseason-games, as well as training camp, guys might, just might have a clue as to where they're suppose to line up on a called play! I'm sorry, you can disagree, but in my book that one has to be on not just Marvin, but the entire coaching staff. A coach's job is supposed to be to get their team ready to play, and the head coach above all has to be held accountable. I'd hope most any coach could get their team ready to play against the likes of the Browns, Jaguars, Bills, Cardinals, and Rams, a leader gets his team prepared to play "big" games against the likes of the Steelers, Ravens, and Texans. In my opinion, it's time for a breath of fresh air in Cincinnati, it's time for a new coach. Someone to breathe life into the franchise, not just continuing to mask their wounds. The Bengals are in need of a tough, no-nonsense, leader, with passion and a great football mind to compete with the likes of John Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin in the AFC North. Mike Singletary had the 49ers being almost good enough to make the playoffs a few years ago, but look at that team now under the likes of a passionate, inspirational, all be it intelligent, and hard-nosed (in the good way not hard-nosed in the bad way like Singletary) leader, Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh changed the mindset and took a team with basically the same roster to soaring new heights. A guy like that is what the Bengals need, not Lewis. Of course as a Bengal fan I (we) know this is only wishful thinking. Alas we are cursed to suffer having the worst owner in professional sports, Mike Brown. Brown looked like a genius with the whole Palmer trade, but let's be honest the Raiders were scrambling to remain in contention and essentially bailed Brown out (it wasn't his fault he ended up looking good). Browns pockets are more shallow than Tim Meadows character in "The Ladies Man." He won't be infuriated by yet another embarrassing post-season loss in which one of Lewis' teams lacked discipline and preparation. No instead he'll probably extend Lewis' contract another 10 years. Why? Because Lewis' price tag (in comparisons to other NFL coaches) is exactly the number one thing Brown looks for in a coach, it's cheap. If you disagree with me my fellow Bengal fans enjoy first-round playoff exits every other year or so. I hope I'm wrong but... Let's just see how many big name free agents Brown goes after this off-season with the millions in cap room available (after the Palmer deal). Throwing the bank at New Orleans Saints Offensive Guard, Carl Nicks would be a good start seeing as Mike McGlynn and Nate Livings (aka worst guard tandem in NFL) started for the Bengals in their playoff game. Big free agent signings, however, like the potential firing of Marvin Lewis is a pipe dream for suffering fans under the reign of Brown's tight-wallet and lack of desire and passion to win. Oh well, here's to hoping the Bengals can put together yet another surprisingly talented draft despite (because of Brown's thriftiness) being the only NFL team without a scouting department or front office. If these young Bengals are going to win going forward, they're going to have to do it in spite of their ownership, coaching, and management. Good luck! My prediction for next year: 6-10.

Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:12 pm

Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

the bengals will never win another playoff game. dalton is not the answer and mike brown will never be smart enough to find the answer. they suck please move to la or whereever

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:12 pm

Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

So the Clemson guy thinks that hair color is the key? Got one thing to say. 70-33.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:26 pm

Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

I expected this to happen. Yates is a rookie too, but all he has to do is hand off to Foster and occasionally throw to Andre Johnson, so he didn't have much pressure on him. Plus, considering he is a third string QB, even if he fails nobody would get on him.

The Texans draw the Ravens next right? The two teams are very similar but the Texans are younger and better at pretty much everything, and yes that includes Yates vs. Flacco, and Foster vs. Rice.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:13 pm

Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

Are you being deliberately stupid? Or just accidentally? He won't be successful because he's a redhead? Wow...

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:07 pm

Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

"Dalton will learn from this. He's talented. He's smart. Most of all, he's just plain good. The Bengals playoff win drought will end one day, too."

Those very same words have bheen said about Jeff George, Brady Quinn, and Mark Sanchez how did they do? Come on...Andy Dalton will never be a star QB in the NFL. We all know it. The last redheaded QB in the NFL to make some noise was Bill Musgrave and how did his career turn out? Yes, I know he once played for the 49ers...which is how I know him.  

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