How often do you hear it said? “Quarterbacks get too much of the credit for wins and too much of the blame for losses.” No matter how often guy like Cris Collinsworth remind us, we are still eager to heap the praise and the criticism on one guy.
There is no denying that Andy Dalton’s play was rough in the final quarter of the season, culminating in an offensive stink bomb in Houston that would make Orkin proud. But I have to concur with my compadre Eric’s assessment that Andy has taken more than his fair share of the blame for the offense’s late-season woes.
From my vantage point, here is where the blame ought to lie.
1) The Offensive Line. I say it all the time: the game is won in the trenches. And this year, the line struggled mightily in pass protection. Much of that had to do with Whitworth playing a bit gimpy and Cook being brought back from a significant foot injury when perhaps he shouldn’t have. In 2011, Football Outsiders ranked them 4th in pass protection. In 2012, that ra...