The Bengals are turning over the starting quarterback reins for the first time in nine seasons, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.
Andy Dalton is being benched and rookie fourth-round pick Ryan Finley is taking over for the 0-8 Bengals, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports.
Following the bye week, Finley will get the start in Week 10 against the first-place Ravens with Dalton taking a back seat in the midst of his ninth season with the Bengals.
Selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Dalton has started all 128 games he’s played in for the Bengals, having missed only three games in 2015 and five last season due to injury.
Over the last three games, Dalton has just two touchdowns and four interceptions as the Bengals are mired in a winless start over eight games. It’s the franchise’s worst beginning to a season in 11 years and it comes in the first year under rookie coach Zac Taylor.
With a meager 317.2 yards of offense per game, Dalton was the quarterback for the 25th-ranked offense — though it was 12th in passing (257.8 per game) and dead last in rushing (59.5). Having leaned heavily on the ginger gunslinger, Cincy continually came up empty on offense, having failed to score more than 23 points in a game this season and falling under 20 points in each of the last three weeks.
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