Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has struggled in the last two games, but he's not alone.

The Andy Dalton debate is humorously childish, if not a complete waste of time that discourages quality discourse. We're not talking about criticizing the third-year quarterback after a bad game, or praising him during good ones. Everyone should express those opinions. It's instantly being labeled as a hater, apologist, or defender based on a single opinion from the most recent game that's frustrating. If Dalton had a good performance, defenders ask, where are the haters now? If Dalton has a horrific game, the defenders ask, where are the apologists now? Criticizing one play, makes you a hater. Praising another, makes you an apologist.

Who cares?

In fact, a realization occurred to me following Cincinnati's 20-17 loss in Baltimore: There are actually fans that enjoy watching Dalton fail, so that they can say, "see, told you. He's not the answer, so we have to draft a quarterback even though I don't really know anyone that's coming out next year." It's a sickness.

Dalton isn't going anywhere; cite all of the quarterbacks playing well today and the years it took them to get to that point if you want. Go ahead and waste time proposing ridiculous trade possibilities -- such as the one tweet about trading Dalton, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and a second round pick to Pittsburgh for Ben Roethlisberger, who is reportedly unhappy (despite denying those reports).

Is Dalton great? No. Accept that. Will he single-handedly win games for you? No. Accept that too. If not for Giovani Bernard and the defense, the Bengals aren't even in the picture against the Dolphins and Ravens. That's a strange concept. Team.