Clearly Dalton made what I'd call rookie mistakes in that game. He didn't follow his read progressions and sometimes pre-determined where he was gonna throw the ball without looking. In the playoffs, most DC's will look at your tendencies and either try to bait you into making a throw (like the dropped corner he thought was bailing) or take away your first or second options. Young QB's sometimes decide to go outside the offense to make a big play like forget my read progression, I'm gonna take a shot down the field. Dalton has been a lot gutsier this year which is why he's gotten more TD's...but with it more INT's too. It's still a learning process for him. And I understand the disappointment of losing 3 times in the playoffs one and done but to throw Dalton out as has been suggested is silly. Dalton needs to learn from his mistakes and improve but to have people suggest the 10th best QB by QB rating (for QB's with 400+ attempts) is keeping the team in purgatory is crazy. Are the Giants cutting Eli Manning? The Bengals don't sniff the playoffs with a lesser QB (which 22 teams in the NFL have) but everyone agrees he needs to be MUCH better (along with the rest of the offense). I'm also amused by Mike Brown now throwing his starting QB under the bus saying he didn't want Dalton, he wanted Kap. This is amusing for several reasons. First, anyone who watched hard Knocks should have seen that Mike Brown does what Mike Brown wants...even if the whole coaching staff and GM disagree with him. He is a very hands on guy and is known for taking guys his staff doesn't always want (like Bud taking VY). And curious he didn't say anything about this when Dalton was outplaying Kap. Looks like a huge possible mistake. If Dalton is better and does well in the playoffs, you can forget the home town discount now and you will pay through the nose to keep him. OR, he doesn't play well and you let him walk...getting to look for a new QB who likely doesn't play as well. Not a smart move by Brown.