Now CNNSI has a feature story about Andy Dalton on their front page, written by Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Be warned, though: Daugherty does not seem very enthusiastic about the prospect of his hometown franchise putting a rookie QB out there "to get
killed," and "get eaten alive" as former Bengal QB Norman Esiason (yeah, I went there) puts it.
It's certainly easy to understand their aprehension- after all, these are still the BUNGALS. But after having witnessed two of my own sad-sack "hometown" teams (Rangers and Mavs...and I was born here, smartasses) finally taste success and Dalton's magic over the past four years, I can buy some of the optimism about #14's future being touted by Cincinnati OC Jay Gruden and QBs coach Ken Zampese. I guess we'll have to wait and see, but I do know this: I'll be watching more of the Bengals than any other NFL team without stars on their helmets.