Andy Dalton is a pretty good quarterback. In seven seasons, he has won 58 percent of the time. The Bengals have made the playoffs in five of those seasons. By NFL standards, that’s pretty successful.

Dalton has completed 63 percent of his passes and thrown 66 more touchdowns than interceptions. Pretty good numbers for what has been a pretty good team.

He’s 3-10 versus the Steelers and 0-4 in the playoffs. He’s pretty limited throwing deep. When he has pass rushers in his face, he’s pretty ineffective, but you could say that about a lot of quarterbacks.

Dalton needs a very good supporting cast to be very good himself. That’s pretty much where we are with Dalton.

Bengals ownership – aka the BrownTrust – doesn’t believe it has an issue at quarterback. To them, Andy Dalton is a comfortable pair of shoes. He’s a blue-chip stock, a Procter & Gamble. He gives them what they want: A steady, predictable, comfortable return. A more perfect 9-7 QB has not been invented.

Is that what the Bengals want?

There are many sides to the Dalton debate. He doesn’t have a good offensive line, his receivers not named A.J. have been hurt or ineffective or both. He’s getting beaten up. When he has all the pieces in place, he can be a January QB. That’s hardly the case in 2017.