Albert Einstein declared insanity to be the process of doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. This certainly applies to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals are encapsulating this notion at the moment and seem to be completely happy with mediocrity.
Andy Dalton has had three cracks at the playoffs so far and is yet to win a single one of them. Einstein's saying could not be any more appropriate.
The team was looking good last season as they made their way to the playoffs until Dalton tried and succeeded to mess everything up for his teammates who bust their gut every week.
And it seems like the Bengals are set to reward that devastating failure with millions of dollars and about five new years of disappointment.
"We are hopeful we can get a deal done that works and Andy can put it behind him," head coach Marvin Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"He can get back focusing on football. He doesn't have to go into the season and worry about this contract thing, every week someone is going to ask him a question … all those things that come into play later on. Let's get it behind us," Lewis added.
Last season, Dalton completed 363 of 586 passes for 4,293 yards with 33 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
In the wildcard game against the San Diego Chargers, Dalton had one of the worst games ever seen by a quarterback in the post season.
Dalton ended the game with a completion percentage of 56.9%, two interceptions, three sacks, and two fumbles which cost his team the game.
Dalton still has zero playoff wins in three attempts despite having the second best wide receiver in the league in A.J Green, an offensive co-ordinator who was heavily recruited for every available head coach position and one of the best defensive lines in the whole NFL.
But it seems that the notoriously cheap Bengals are happy with this mediocre quarterback leading the team for years to come.
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