James Rapien

James Rapien

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REPORT: Dalton on a short leash, some players want Kaepernick

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that Andy Dalton could lose his starting job if he continues to struggle under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. 

Here's an excerpt of what Florio wrote:

"The feeling within the locker room, we’re told, is that the leash isn’t quite so long, and that if the struggles continue under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, the next one to go could be Dalton."

Florio says A.J. McCarron would take over. That isn't the most interesting part of this report. 

Florio says some players in the locker room think the Bengals "should go off the board and consider bringing in Colin Kaepernick."

Would this be a smart move? Would it benefit the team? I wrote about the Bengals potentially bringing in Kaepernick in the offseason. 

Ultimately, I doubt the Bengals sign Kaepernick. Do I think there could be Bengals players who believe he could help them? Of course I do. How many of you think a coworker should be replaced with someone outside of the company? This is the same thing. It doesn't mean a signing will happen.

If Dalton struggles this week against the Packers, I could see a scenario where McCarron is starting sooner rather than later. I don't believe McCarron is the answer. However, it would be hard to blame them for making a change if Dalton doesn't improve.

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