Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was terrible in the team’s 24-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
However, the Bengals are sticking with their guy after he finished Thursday’s game with a woeful stat line of 10-33 for 86 yards and three interceptions.
Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson defended Dalton, saying he is “joined at the hip” with the quarterback on Friday, according to ESPN.
"As he gets killed, I get killed."
“I’m joined at the hip with him. I understand that’s the way it goes,” said Jackson, who played quarterback in college. “I have not run from that. As he gets killed, I get killed. That’s the way it goes. That’s part of the business.
“But I don’t want us to think we’re going to have an issue with Andy. We’re not. We’re going to coach Andy. We’re going to help Andy get to where he needs to be. That’s my job. We’re going to coach him, continue to get him better, continue to grow.”
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While Dalton deservedly got crushed for his play on Thursday, the Bengals don’t have any other better options at quarterback. Jason Campbell came in at the end when the game was lost, but he is nowhere near close to being a starter, while 2014 draft pick AJ McCarron has fallen off the face of the earth.
So, for the foreseeable future, the Bengals and Dalton are absolutely “joined at the hip” and the Bengals are going to have to put up with the misfiring Red Rifle for a few years to come.
But, Dalton seriously does not look worth the contract that he signed in the summer, and the sooner the Bengals can find a way to get rid of that awful contract the better. Dalton has looked poor all season and this performance summed it up neatly for the whole of the country to see on Thursday Night Football.