Cincinnati has officially entered the Joe Burrow era and Andy Dalton is not part of that plan. After nine seasons with mixed results, Dalton will most likely be accepting a gig as a backup QB rather than a starter in the NFL. Both the Jaguars and Patriots could be in play.
The solution the Bengals problems could hinge on a quarterback selected with the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft. During Sunday's home game against the Steelers, a stadium filled with fans wearing black and yellow also featured a sign that said "Let's Grow With Joe," a reference to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, an Ohio native and Heisman candidate.
The Bengals are trying to establish a foundation as well as boost the number of fans in the seats so taking a QB first overall seems like the way to go. Of course, we're a long way from that, but the team clearly didn't like what it saw from Finley, and will go back to Dalton in Week 13.
Finley went 12-for-26 with a TD in last week's loss to the Steelers. In his three games he's completed just 47% of his passes and has a QB rating of 62.1. He's thrown two TDs and two INTs while losing three of four fumbles. The Bengal offense should get a little boost with Dalton back under center.