Andy Dalton walked right into a principally empty Cincinnati Bengals locker room, his arms pressed collectively beneath his chin as he wandered over towards A.J. Inexperienced.

The 2 quietly talked, earlier than strolling down the lengthy hallway and turning towards the parking zone slowly, stride for stride.

Neither has skilled a drought fairly like this of their profession – at any degree. Once they return strolling the opposite path again into this locker room to start apply for Inexperienced Bay on Monday, it’s truthful to marvel what might be totally different. All they know is one thing must be.

A frustration bubbled to the floor within the postgame of the demoralizing thirteen-9 defeat Thursday, finishing two video games and not using a landing.

“We’re enjoying like sh– proper now,” Inexperienced stated, not stopping there. “We obtained to discover a strategy to get our playmakers the ball. That is it. It is a celebrity-pushed league. You aren’t going to win with out them.”

The final time the Bengals went again-to-again video games with no landing was the 2008 season. These groups might blame the lack of beginning quarterback Carson Palmer. This group is determining who responsible. There are lots of targets.

Dalton continued to overlook throws and although he didn’t have a turnover — in contrast to his 5-turnover debacle in Sunday’s shutout – the issues inevitably begin with him. It wasn’t however two years in the past Dalton was within the MVP dialog. The quarterback of the primary two weeks barely resembles that participant.

As for a transfer to AJ McCarron, Marvin Lewis stood behind Dalton after the sport.

“No, I’m not frightened about Andy,” Lewis stated, earlier than stating particularly the quarterback’s job is safe at this level. He was then requested if Dalton has taken a step again. “No, I don’t assume he’s taken a step again. I feel we have now to proceed to let Andy do his factor.”

From there the arrow factors on to offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. One yr ending twenty fourth in factors per recreation and spending on offseason making an attempt…