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The Bengals could move on from Andy Dalton, but should they?


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After an underwhelming year from Andy Dalton, a lot of fans in Bengaldom are ready to look for a new franchise leader. The Bengals missed the playoffs for a second year, and he has yet to win a playoff game in his seven years as starter, and the Bengals have A.J. McCarron in the wings, since his trade to the Browns fell through. Fun fact, the Bengals have NEVER completed a trade with the Browns, a streak that continues due to the Browns’ email SNAFU.

Here’s the thing, the Bengals got a great deal on Dalton. They have him through 2020, at an average of about $16 million per year. That’s actually a huge value on a starting quarterback, even one who has not one a playoff game. The salary cap is expected to rise the next few years, and quarterback salaries are expected to skyrocket. Think, Stafford set a new bar last year at an average of $27 million, topping Derek Carr at $25 million per year. Cousins is likely to get paid more than that on the open market. Alex Smith just got a raise to about $23 million per year. As an added benefit of Dalton’s deal, the Bengals have the option of cutting him whenever they want without a huge cap hit, since most of the guaranteed money has already been paid out.

And here’s the other thing, who would you rather have than Andy Dalton that’s going to be available. Kirk Cousins is less accomplished than Dalton– he hasn’t won a playoff game either, and he’s about to get paid twice what Dalton is. McCarron is intriguing, but unproven, and is in line to get paid as well. Blake Bortles might get cut, but only if the Jaguars think he’s not worth the $19 million he’ll make if they keep him. They could draft somebody, but making the transition to the pros is really a crapshoot: even many of the successes don’t exceed Dalton’s accomplishments. All three Vikings quarterbacks are slated to become free agents, but all of them are unproven. There’s nobody likely available that will perform as well as Dalton next year, and certainly nobody else for the bargain prices the Bengals are paying.

Andy Dalton isn’t the kind of elite quarterback that is going to elevate a team or carry, like a Brady or a Brees. There are not many of those guys around. Dalton is a quarterback who can lead a team and win in the right circumstance. Like an Eli Manning, he can succeed with the right tools around him: in particular, he needs protection. Dalton’s performance dropped off this year, but that’s likely directly due to losing two of his offensive line anchors in Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler. Couple that with losing Rex Burkhead, and dealing with other tailback injuries, and the situation at Offensive Coordinator, and it’s no surprise the Bengals offense struggled this year.

Andy Dalton is the Bengals’ best option at quarterback this year. He’s not the best in teh game, but he may be the best contract value in the game. If the Bengals can shore up the offensive line, and give the team coaching stability next year, there’s no reason Dalton can’t take the team to the next level. The gut reaction to make a change is natural, but right now Dalton still makes the most sense.


Bills Fans Donate to Andy Dalton’s Foundation


I love this story- after Andy Dalton threw a bonkers 4th and 12, 49 yard touchdown pass to beat the Ravens with 44 seconds left, and knock them out of the playoffs and let the Bills in for the first time in 17 years, Bills fans understandably went nuts…

Even the teams official Twitter feed gave a shout out!

But it wasn’t just idle chatter… after the game, Bills fans: the #BillsMafia started donating to Andy Dalton’s charitable foundation, and as of a short while ago, passed the $100,000 mark in donations since Sunday! It’s fun to see the spontaneous celebrations that sprang up, but even cooler to see people moved to support a good cause.

Here’s a link to the Andy and Jordan Dalton foundation website.

UPDATE: Wow! A couple more days in, donations have topped $315,000 way to go #billsmafia!

Asian Water Lizard Captured on Collier Golf Course

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Kevin Hennings about to recapture Poseidon at TwinEagles

The headline makes this seem more ominous than it is, because there is not currently in invasive issue with Asian water lizards, but it must’ve been freaky for the golfers who saw the 6-foot reptile on the course! This one was an escaped pet, who made some national news when his escape was announced. Fortunately some good Samaritans notified him when “Poseidon” was spotted at TwinEagles. He was able to lure it with some frozen chicken and catch it without much difficulty. The Naples News story has the thrilling footage of the capture!

At this time, these reportedly don’t even need a permit: they are not one of the species that is currently joining the exotic invasions¬†of African lizards that Florida is dealing with right now.


That Insane Curry v. LeBron Highlight was really a Double Dribble

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Curry Picks up his Dribble

Yeah, that highlight that is blowing up today of Curry taking LeBron should not have been. Curry definitely picked up the ball with both hands in the middle of it. Frankly, it should be a LeBron highlight anyway, seeing as how he held the 2-time MVP without help for some 8 seconds. But since the evidence shows Curry had to cheat to get by, speaks even greater to LeBron’s efforts. It’s no wonder LeBron jumped- Steph picked up his dribble. It’s not a Curry highlight, it’s a lowlight.


Also, a look at LeBron’s shot chart shows how he had success taking it to the rim a few times on his own last night!

The sequence:


Giant Snake on Golf Course (Not Florida)

This huge Rock Python was seen crawling across a fairway on a course in South Africa. Piece of advice from a certified snake wrangler, don’t approach them if you don’t know what they are doing. (Rock Pythons are notoriously aggressive.) It’s a matter of time In factbefore we get footage like this of an invasive Burmese in Florida


In fact, a couple of guys recently tried this with a snake on the side of the road in Collier County a few weeks ago…


Never Take Your Eyes Off a Football Game

I’ll admit that sometimes I don’t pay attention during special teams plays- grabbing a drink during a kickoff, or using the punt to bracket a bathroom run. That’s a risky move, as special teams plays can be some of the most exciting in sports. USC commit Bubba Bolden made that more than clear during a placekick in the East-West game when he hurdled the long-snapper, kicked the ball out of the holder’s hand, and scooped it up to take it all the way for a score. It’s crazy, you have to watch the video…

There’s another angle on the Deadspin story link, too.


Miami RedHawks Football on the Brink of History

No team in college football has ever started a season 0-6 and made it to a bowl. None have ever turned it around to win 6 straight after such a start, but the RedHawks have a chance to do it tonight. The turnaround is just as shocking for a team that hasn’t had a winning record since their last bowl season in 2010. They went 4-8 the two years after that season, before the bottom fell out and they were a winless 0-12 in 2013. Chuck Martin took over after that season, and while definitely showing progress, only managed 5 wins his first two seasons. This season looked bleak, after Gus Ragland went down with an ACL injury before the season, and the team sputtered to 0-6. Ragland made it back for game seven against Kent State, and the RedHawks have not lost since. A win tonight would not only make Miami bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, but it could even give them a share of the division championship with an Ohio loss.

This is not the first historic turnaround for the Miami RedHawks. That 2010 team had one of the best season-to-season turnarounds in College Football history. Never before had a team had double-digit losses in one season, and come back to score double-digit wins the next, which Miami did by winning the Bowl that year. Now, Chuck Martin, Gus Ragland, and the Redhawks have a chance to add best single season turnaround to the college football record books.

If you weren’t excited all ready, here’s Interim Head Coach Lance Guidry’s pregame speech prior to the 2011 Bowl:

Let’s do this! The game is online on ESPN3 for subscribers.

UPDATE: Victory- Miami is going bowling for the first time in six years, with the greatest in-season turnaround in NCAA history. They had to come from behind, 10 points down in the second half, behind Gus Ragland’s career 380 yd passing day. The fans that braved the cold weather and the holiday break rushed the field after the gun to celebrate. The Hawks just missed out on going to the MAC championship game when Akron failed to convert a fourth down pass in the end zone against Ohio. They’ll still be bowling, and the announcement of which game will come in the next few weeks.