Posted January 10, 2014

New Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson stands by Andy Dalton

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Hue Jackson (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Hue Jackson was promoted from running backs coach to offensive coordinator. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Many people were down on Andy Dalton after his three-turnover performance in a Wild Card loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

But Hue Jackson, who replaced Jay Gruden as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator on Thursday, is standing behind his starting quarterback.

“There’s no doubt in my mind about Andy. I think he has tremendous upside. Everyone has to play better and Andy has to continue to grow,” Jackson told Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Dalton has proven he can win in the regular season, as he’s 30-18 as a starter and has 80 touchdown passes and 49 interceptions in three years in the league. But he’s lost in the Wild Card round each year.

Jackson has had to deal with shaky quarterback play before, as Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller combined for 19 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in his only season as a head coach — 2011 with the Raiders.

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4 comments
SweetLightCrude
SweetLightCrude

I'm no Dalton fan, but it's interesting to see the comments about Dalton. His crime is failure in the playoffs. OK, fair enough. Meanwhile, a guy like Cam Newton, who hasn't had a chance to fail in the playoffs because he NEVER FREAKIN' GOT THERE is flavor of the month.


I don't think either of these guys are top shelf. But it's strange to see folks wanting to move on. 


Would Bengal fans take Cam straight up fro Dalton? I wonder.

MitchBarnes
MitchBarnes

Hue Jackson is a great coach. A players coach. Raiders were stupid to let him go. He is an excellent play caller too. Great hire moving him up to OC. I like Gruden, but I really think Hue is an upgrade. Wish my Raiders still had him. Dennis Allen isn't cutting it. No guts.

ki.nazir72
ki.nazir72

@MitchBarnes Totally agree, Hue seems like the kind of coach who doesn't mess around either and holds guys accountable.  He made a few mistakes with the Raiders, but he was trying to win and turn things around.  He definitely would have the Raiders competing and giving their all.