With Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams lining up the NFL’s intricate No.8 defense Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium and Bill Belichick hauling in the Patriots’ No. 2 defense in here two weeks later with a game in Cleveland against the Browns No. 15 defense, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor went back to Andy Dalton as his starting quarterback.
Taylor made the announcement Monday after rookie quarterback Ryan Finley failed to generate two touchdowns in a game for the third time in as many starts during the 16-10 loss to the Steelers. Asked if he’s concerned about the winless Bengals losing the No. 1 draft pick in 2020, Taylor said he’s only concerned about winning.
“It’s the best decision for the football team right now to do this,” Taylor said. “We’re going to face some tough defenses these next couple of weeks. (Dalton) will give us an opportunity to win.”
Dalton started the first eight games of the season and threw for 2,252 yards and nine touchdowns. He also leads the Bengals with three rushing touchdowns this season.