Cincinnati Bengals’ experiment with rookie Ryan Finley as the team’s starting quarterback brought them just 11.0 points per game and extended their losing streak to 11 games. This is why it isn’t surprising that the team’s head coach Zac Taylor decided to revert his decision and re-instate veteran Andy Dalton as a starter.
Taylor announced on Monday that Dalton will start Week 13 game against the New York Jets, hoping they will get their first win of the season.
“It’s time to give him another opportunity,” said Taylor.
“Right now this decision is to help us beat New York,” he added. “We just want a win, and that veteran presence he has will certainly be helpful.”
Andy Dalton was Bengals’ starting quarterback since 2011 but ended up being benched following in Week 9 after an eight-game losing streak. Dalton had 2,252 passing yards alongside nine touchdowns and eight interceptions at the time.
Finley, who was taken in the fourth round of 2019 NFL Draft, stepped in but struggled mightily. The 24-year-old completed only 47.1 percent of his passes, throwing for 474 yards, and two TDs while adding two interceptions and three lost fumbles.