Andy Dalton is in playoff form

We’ll give Andy Dalton the benefit of the doubt, for this week anyway. Being a game manager isn’t as easy as it sounds, and the Bengals have all kinds of problems. But quarterback problems overshadow everything, and Dalton’s been ruinous against the Ravens.

He threw three interceptions in the first half. He lost a fumble in the red zone too. He added a fourth pick in the fourth quarter.

It’s not unusual to see trainers tell players to move away from an injured player, and this is a perfect example of why.

We’re not talking about minimal contact or anything. Look at this:

Our own Adam Stites wrote during the preseason about how the Jaguars needed to find a better quarterback sooner rather than later. Part of that was because of previous performances, part of that was things like throwing five interceptions in a single training camp practice.

There’s no way anybody could have predicted he’d be slapping injured knees, though. That’s just brutal.

That’s because odds are they won’t be getting second chances somewhere else if fired.

Almost 85 percent of the top personnel decision-makers for NFL teams are holding their positions for the first time — and what will likely be their only time — wielding such power, per OPTA research commissioned by Sporting News. The exceptions are New England’s Bill Belichick, Washington’s Bruce Allen, Jacksonville’s Tom Coughlin, Minnesota’s Rick Spielman and Carolina’s Marty Hurney, who was re-hired as general manager in July on an interim basis.
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