Recently, Andy Dalton gave a very candid interview where he opened up about where he is at this point in his career. During his prime, he was one of the better quarterbacks in the league and consistently led the Cincinnati Bengals to postseason appearances. However, those days are far behind us and Dalton now finds himself in a battle with the first overall pick in the 2023 draft class to be the starting quarterback of the Carolina Panthers this season.
In the interview when asked about how he views himself as a player, Dalton was quoted as saying, “I view myself as a starter in this league; I don’t think there are 32 guys better than me. But this is the situation I am in, and I understand that. As soon as I don’t think I’m one of the best 32, or a little lower, I’ll be watching football on TV. I am in a really, really good situation here; Frank Reich played til he was 38. He was a career backup, he understands the continuity you want in a quarterback room. Josh McCown played until he was 40. Josh was my friend for the last 10 years, and now he’s my coach”.
Last season, Dalton served as the starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints where he would start in all fourteen games that he played in. He would finish the season throwing for 2871 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. It is clear that he still has a lot in the tank despite being set to turn 36 in the 2023 season and he will be doing everything in his power to keep the first overall pick, Bryce Young, on the bench for as long as possible.
With the Panthers trading up to add Young to their team, there is little to no chance that Dalton remains the starting quarterback for the team through the entirety of the season. He may open up the year as the starting option, however, the coaches and fanbase alike will be far too eager to see what Young can do on the professional level to keep Dalton as the starter through the entire regular season.
Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.
This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.