The Cincinnati Bengals face a critical decision at quarterback following their latest playoff defeat with Andy Dalton behind center. They do not have to make the decision today, and that is probably a good thing. Some frustrated fans surely wouldn't mind if the organization moved in another direction as soon as possible. Patience is a tough sell after watching Dalton toss two killer interceptions during a 27-10 home defeat to the sixth-seeded San Diego Chargers in the AFC wild-card round on Sunday.
It's not just a one-game thing either. Dalton has been up and down throughout his three-year career. After Sunday, he has one touchdown and seven turnovers in three career playoff games, a leading reason Cincinnati has not experienced a postseason win since 1990, the longest active streak of futility in the league. Something has to change, but what? Here we consider three options for the team as Dalton enters the final year of his rookie contract. Two coaches and one NFL general manager offer their thoughts on Dalton's future and also on his latest performance -- thoughts that obliterate popular opinion.