Originally Posted by Redhook
You misinterpreted what I said. I meant the Bengals probably view Dalton as a franchise QB where quite a few other teams probably wouldn't.
Carson was absolutely a franchise QB. No doubt about it. Carson at his best was way better than Dalton will ever be.
The key question should be is Dalton good enough to win? As of right now that answer is yes. He has made it to the playoffs twice without a good RB or without a reliable #2 WR. If Joe Flacco is good enough to win the SB then I think Dalton is as well. In this league I think there are a handful of elite QB's and everyone else is a step down. I would rather pay a guy like Dalton who I think is a better than average QB, better than average money than play a guy like Flacco who may be a little better than Dalton the most money in NFL history.