Originally Posted by dougdirt
Even still, in baseball terms, Andy Dalton is a solid #3 starter. Sure, it is possible he turns into Cliff Lee and gets every last ounce of potential out of his tools, but it isn't likely.
I appreciate Dalton. I lived through the 90's as a Bengals fan. I know how much worse it could be. But I have also seen better from a Bengals quarterback and plenty of better around the league currently IMO. I just don't see him as a quarterback who is leading you to a Super Bowl. I hope I am wrong because I want the Bengals to win, but I just don't see him being that kind of a guy.
In terms of QBR last year, Andy Dalton was a better quarterback than Joe Flacco. Flacco won a Super Bowl. Eli Manning's first ring had a QBR worse than Dalton last season. Trent Dilfer was a mediocre QB for Baltimore. He won a Super Bowl. A few years ago, Ben Roethlisberger had a miserable season in 2008 (42.8 QBR) but won a Super Bowl. Brad Johnson won a ring for Tampa Bay.
The point here is that you truly do not need a great QB to win a Super Bowl, not as long as you have a great defense and a reliable running game.