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Bengals QB Scenarios

Since the odds are high that Carson Palmer will not be playing quarterback in Cincinnati in 2011 let’s look at the experience of the other QB’s currently on the Bengals roster and also what other free agent options that should be available after the lockout is lifted.

Currently on the roster (not including Carson):

Andy Dalton, 2nd Round draft pick, no experience.

Dan LeFevour, 2nd Season, no career statistics or regular season game experience.

Jordan Palmer – Career Stats:
Games – 4
Games Started – 0
Comp. Pct – 66.7
Yards – 59
TD’s – 0
Int’s – 2
Rate – 34.4


Potential free agent options:

Marc Bulger – Career Stats:
Games – 96
Games Started – 95
Comp. Pct – 62.1%
Yards – 22,814
TD’s – 122
Int’s – 93
Rate – 84.4
*Note: Over the past 4 seasons Bulgers completion percentage has been below 60% and he has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns.

Seneca Wallace – Career Stats
Games – 56
Games Started – 18
Comp. Pct – 60.4%
Yards – 4,241
TD’s – 29
Int’s – 16
Rate – 83.9

Kerry Collins – Career Stats
Games – 195
Games Started – 177
Comp. Pct – 55.8%
Yards – 40,441
TD’s – 206
Int’s – 195
Rate – 73.9
Note: Collins is 38 years old and brings 16 years of experience to the table, he could be a great option to teach a young QB like Dalton in his final season(s).

Jim Sorgi – Career Stats
Games – 16
Games Started – 0
Comp. Pct – 63.5%
Yards – 929
TD’s – 6
Int’s – 1
Rate – 89.9

Bruce Gradkowski – Career Stats
Games – 32
Games Started – 20
Comp. Pct – 53.2%
Yards – 3,883
TD’s – 20
Int’s – 23
Rate – 65.9

Billy Volek – Career Stats
Games – 37
Games Started – 10
Comp. Pct – 60.1%
Yards – 3,754
TD’s – 27
Int’s – 15
Rate – 84.9


There are 3 likely scenarios:

1) Carson doesn’t return, the team throws Andy Dalton into the fire right away and name him the starting QB.

2) Carson doesn’t return, the team signs one of the free agent QB’s above (although there are a few other QB options available but less likely in my opinion) to help groom Andy Dalton for a season or two.

3) Carson returns, while Andy Dalton learns behind him for a season or two.


What do you think will happen? If option 2 plays out, which free agent QB would you like to see the team pursue?



  1. Tim

    June 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I kinda hope option 1 plays out. If option 2 plays out then I think Kerry Collins, due to experience would be good for Dalton to learn under.

  2. bigG

    June 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    hey!My brother’s name is carson!

  3. bigG

    June 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    hey tim, are me and you the only ones commenting?

  4. bigG

    June 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    do any of you guys commenting

  5. Steve

    June 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Gradkowski is a solid answer to be the starter with Dalton waiting in the wings. Plus he’s got a history with Gruden, and he could be the starter from day one, and Dalton could be standing by when things go wrong – because they will.

    • Nathan Mallon

      June 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      I totally agree, he is an option that seems to make a lot of sense.

  6. cdc_uky

    July 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I hope option #2 is the way we go. Let’s do the right thing with Dalton and let him develop under a veteran. It is unfortunate that our veteran is fed up and leaving town, as our options in the free agent market point to another painful season. If we can protect Collins, he is a good character guy that has survived a long time. Do you guys think Gradkowski has the ability/skill/talent to be successful?

    • Nathan Mallon

      July 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      I do think Gradkowski has the ability/skill/talent to be successful since, like Steve mentioned above, “he’s got a history with Gruden” and would fit well into a west coast style offense.

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