Originally Posted by KoryMac5
Trent Dilfer went to a Super Bowl (yuck) as did Hassleback, and Rex Grossman (double yuck). You don't need to be Manning and Brady to get to the big game, though it improves your chances immensely. Dalton is not going to morph into Brady, Favre, or Manning he doesn't have that talent. However his supporting cast can improve, and with a better running game I think we will see teams attack the Bengals in a different way. The big thing is this, by the third yr you usually know what you have in a QB, by this time next yr I think we will know if the Bengals sign Dalton long term or look elsewhere for a QB.
That is kind of the point though.... two of those teams had GREAT defenses and Hasselbeck was pretty good his year and the Seahawks had a rusher go for 1900 yards on the ground with 27 touchdowns.
I think the Bengals have a pretty good defense, but they don't have a great defense. So now we get to the Seahawks.... I don't think it is ideal to think you can get a 1900 yard running back who can drop 27 touchdowns on the ground for you.
To win today, you need a quarterback, a legit Top 10 quarterback. We don't have one and if I had to bet today, I would bet against Dalton ever being one.
The last 5 starts of the year he had 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He has arguably the second best receiver in the league. I will give you that he doesn't have much else right now. Still, he doesn't look the part of the guy who can take his team to a Super Bowl without a ton of help from both sides of the ball around him.