Originally Posted by suds79
Andy Dalton to me is the worse possible QB for a franchise. A guy who is solid enough to hold a starting spot for the majority of his career but never realistically be capable of taking his team to a SB.
You either want a QB who is really good (ie - capable of winning a SB), or really bad (get you that #1 pick to get the next really good QB).
Middle of the road just puts you in purgatory for about a 5-6 year period.
I couldn't disagree more. Dalton is an ascending player and is what, 24 years old? He's in a perfect offense for his skillset (ala Joe Montana) and there's no reason at all why they shouldn't be good for many, many years. His intangibles are good, his teammates believe in him...you could do a LOT worse.
You don't have to have the top #1 most elite physical talent; you need a plus player at the position. Matt Ryan does not have the biggest arm, yet he is borderline elite at the position, for example.
If we had Andy Dalton in place, and were running a variant of the WCO, we'd be doing a LOT better than 1-9, I think.