Let's face it: Andy Dalton isn't going to find his name among the all-time great quarterbacks one day. The 8-year starter as had 3 straight losing seasons, and he has only eclipsed 30 touchdowns in one season of his career.
That season came over five years ago in 2013. Though Dalton threw for 33 touchdowns, he added 20 interceptions that year. Still, with all of his shortcomings, Dalton is no slouch or stranger to winning, for that matter.
The 31-year old is a 3-time Pro Bowl player who led his team to 5 straight winning seasons to start his career.
Sporting News released a list this offsesaon ranking all 32 projected starting quarterbacks heading in 2019. On this list, Andy Dalton was ranked just 26th. Here is what they had to say about the Bengals starting quarterback:
"Dalton gets an extension of his starting status in Cincinnati with Zac Taylor giving the offense a fresh, wide-open look. The Bengals hope that development, plus a good supporting skill cast, can push Dalton closer to his ceiling. But that's still pretty low in relation to the QBs above; Dalton remains a dependent QB regardless."
Though Sporting News doesn't hold a high opinion of Andy Dalton, it's important to take note of what he has accomplished. Dalton has given the Cincinnati Bengals a fighting chance, and helped lead his team to five straight playoff appearances from 2011 to 2015. (That's more playoff games than Tony Romo saw in his NFL career).
At 31, Dalton is just entering quarterback prime and should have a handful of solid years ahead of him.
It's not unfathomable to think that someone would rank Andy Dalton as the 26th best starting quarterback heading into this season. However, with a new head coach in Zac Taylor and the return of A.J. Green from injury, Dalton will be out to prove doubters wrong this year.