Andy Dalton Benched. Ryan Finley Era in Cincinnati Begins

I say the “Ryan Finley Era” hoping its just the remainder of the 2019 season, meaning Joe Burrow is under center for the Bengals in 2020. Sure, if the offensive line is still a train wreck and we don’t want Burrow to end up with a van he has to drive with his teeth, let the Ryan Finley Era carry into 2020 as well.

This is news that I never thought we’d be writing about. Not that a change wasn’t needed, but I just didn’t think the Bengals had the boy bits to do it. A first year coach in Zac Taylor has benched Andy Dalton. Let that sink in. An organization that is perfectly content with the status quo (see: Marvin Lewis) has moved on from their red headed franchise quarterback. This isn’t a decision Taylor makes without the Brown family’s blessing or suggestion, so for this type of move to happen mid season when Dalton is one touchdown away from the all-time franchise record is a bit shocking. If it wasn’t Ken Anderson’s (who should be in Canton, by the way) record I’d make a joke about the TD leader for the Bengals franchise being the equivalent to being the skinniest kid at fat camp, but I won’t.

I hope the excitement for the end of the Dalton Era doesn’t overshadow everything he’s meant for this organization. He took the Bengals to the playoffs for five straight seasons (his first five seasons as a pro) and has had to put up with terrible ownership, pathetic coaching, playbook changes and an offensive line that is about as effective as mesh underwear when you have the squirts.

I will miss Andy and everything he’s meant to this city. I have no doubt he’ll be a great mentor on the sideline for Finley moving forward, assuming he’s not flipped at the deadline.

Now to get you pumped for the Week 10 matchup with Baltimore, here are some Ryan Finley highlights.

Looks like just the guy to lead us to 2-14 and the #2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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