Door No. 3: Andy Dalton?

March 16th, 2020

A seasoned, accomplished and astute student of AFC football has weighed in on what he thinks is a viable option for the Buccaneers at quarterback.

Joe doesn’t agree with the take, but Joe can’t ignore it when it’s Phil Simms and he notes that he has watched every Bengals game of Dalton. Simms, of course, is the lead game analyst for CBS.

“I think Tampa, their backup plan that really fits them, to me, is Andy Dalton,” Simms told his son’s webcast, Chris Simms Unbuttoned,

“You know, he fits their offense. He’s not afraid to throw it down the field. He’s mobile, can move around enough to buy time when he needs it. And I think he’s definitely an above average thrower in the league, and I think we saw a little of that last year. Cincinnati had no chance to win unless he was in the lineup. I know they just won one, but he gave them a chance to win quite a few games.”

The problem with Dalton, other than the obvious, is that he’s under contract and a trade would be required. As of noon today, the Bucs effectively will have no starting quarterback.

As Joe has noted previously, Dalton, 33, could be the kind of guy Bucco Bruce Arians falls in love with. He had a career winning record (including those playoff losses), and he’s got a live arm and protects the football. Plus, Arians spent a lot of time in 2018 covering low-rung AFC games for CBS, which means watching many NFL films.

45 Responses to “Door No. 3: Andy Dalton?”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    winners win when it matters most…. dalton is not a winner he is perfect for low standard bucfan but would never win a damn thing as a buc!

  2. Pewter power Says:

    Brady isn’t the only option and just about any quarterback will be an improvement because they would better protect the which apparently a lot of bucs fans dont seem to think is important because yards per game matters most, something a lot of people were saying when he was throwing for 4000 yards and racking up yards per game but not scoring touchdowns.

    He should be kissing ba’s arse and thanking him for the coaching he received, he only had 4 coaches devoted to making him better

  3. Wombat Says:

    I’ll take door #3 and draft a QB in Rd 2…… Best player available on the D or O-line first round please!!!

  4. #1 Pick QB 2 Cent Brain Says:

    It’s funny how Joe tries to take shots at Dalton for winning record and lack of playoff wins but if you mentioned Jameis’s record people try to downplay his style of losing play

  5. Oneilbucs Says:

    Man Andy Dalton is trash bro . If I’m Jamies I wouldn’t want to be in Tampa no more . Then I will be just like McCoy when he said we were a losing team . And people got mad but he wasn’t lieing we are a losing team and it’s not because of 1 or 2 people . Since Jamies been here this offense has been ranked at the top five every year and that’s without a runninggame . But go ahead and blame one guy . When will Bruce get blame for anything ??

  6. LordCornelius Says:

    I’d rather go all in on any draft prospect than him lol

  7. pepsi Says:

    I know this would upset people but I really suggest they watch a little more of Dalton. Hes actually similar to Winston in that he has some fearless factor in taking big shots, and hes safer with the ball.

  8. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Heck no!!!!!!

    Titans franchising Henry, so Jack Conklin will hit the market unless a deal is done in time.

    Dallas just tagged Dakk Prescott.

  9. Adrnagy Says:

    Adrnagy Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    March 16th, 2020 at 10:32 am
    It doesn’t matter. Bruce right now knows the hole he got himself into is bigger than what he thought .
    So he’s just saving his nickname “qb whisperer “, and record. He’s shooting for hall of fame.

    If he wanted to win he would got control of the team. Call plays. Jump out of the golf cart.

    He’s trying to reinvent the wheel. What should he do is fix jameis only problem. By him calling plays and adjusting.

    Why fix something that is not broken. Our offense is good. We need a complete RB.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s beginning to look like there is no popular choice for JBF posters….and that’s not surprising….all of them have their detractors….

  11. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Funny how JW and Daltons stats are kinda similar within their first 5 years. Of course JW has thrown for more yards but the tds are similar and of course the ints are lower for dalton.

    And before anyone @‘s me, dalton had a 33 td season but only had 20 ints that year lol

    So if you’re a JW supporter, he’s kinda similar to Dalton but and pretty similar to Stafford. Are you ready to give 30+ million to a stafford/dalton clone?

  12. Lamarcus Says:

    Who is door number 1?

  13. Adrnagy Says:


  14. Marine Buc Says:

    Dalton has had some pretty impressive years when he had a younger and healthy AJ Green along with a running game. I wouldn’t be against him coming to Tampa.

  15. Jameis #1 Fan Says:

    Welcome back Jameis!

  16. tmaxcon Says:

    Bucfan getting all excited over Cincinnati garbage

  17. thisisouryear!! Says:

    I think Dalton has a bad rap. He was very good when he had receivers around him. He’s only 32. I think Pepsi said it perfectly, he’s very much like Jameis but he protects the ball better and makes good decisions. Honestly, he’s my first choice.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    You know, I was thinking. If I was forced to choose between Dalton or Bridgewater? Ugh.

    Forget it. I can’t. Both are too fragile.

  19. Buddy Says:

    LOL. This is perfect!! Daulton sucks!! The Bucs & TEAM GLAZER sucks as owners, Bucco Bruce sucks as a HC now. They s as ok deserve each other. Not surprised. This organization is worst in ANY sport

  20. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    BREAKING: Tom Brady was reportedly disgusted by the state of the Buccaneers MRSA-infected locker rooms 7 years after the outbreak. Said to reporters “Greg Schiano’s ghost lives on, spooky s#!t I ain’t playing for these clowns yo”
    Source: dude trust me

  21. Cgmaster27 Says:

    You people are hysterical. Yeah dalton was good when he had a running game, and a great defense. Gee, we’ve been asking for that in tampa for athe last 5 years. Dalton is trash and the fact that some of you would prefer him makes me question if you even watch football.

  22. boldnewera Says:

    When wading through the Meh category…Bridgewater wouldn’t cost us a 3rd round pick, Dalton would. Both will cost the same annually.


    Carpe Diem..boys. Carpe Diem!

  23. Adrnagy Says:

    Acouple more hours and some info should be available.

    Will the Bucs hammer a quickie with jameis or give everything to Brady.

  24. Pewter power Says:

    maxcon Says:
    winners win when it matters most…. dalton is not a winner he is perfect for low standard bucfan but would never win a damn thing as a buc!
    it really sounds like you are describing winston you realize that right?

  25. Mister Negative Nancy Says:

    I’d take him over a guy with off-field issues, but he seems not that great.

  26. TBUC North Carolina Says:

    The Red Rifle slinging it in Arians offense without all of the JayMiss turnovers!! Intriguing!!

  27. jjbucfan Says:

    OMG, I just realized something….WE ARE THE KNICKS!!!! Let’s get rid of D Rose, C Anthony, K Porzingis… don’t worry fans, trust us. We ware only 1 player away so we are going to get rid of all of our known talent for unknown talent. It has worked great for us for the last 30 years. We will find the next great QB off the scrap heap, another teams trash appears to be our treasure. Jameis is and has been our best option. If this was Tom Brady from 2010… sign me up. He will get killed not only behind this line but Arians made it clear this offense will get our QB hit more. And you fools want a 43 year old guy. Yes he is the G.O.A.T and we all know this, but not anymore. This is foolishness!!

  28. Alstott up the gut Says:

    Obviously every QB option has some level of risk to it. I’m worried about Brady’s age for basically for a year to win it all. I would only draft a QB later to back up a veteran we sign. I want nothing to do with Winston. So give me Dalton, or Bridgewater or Carr as less of a risk than the other options. Cousins just resigned a big deal with Minnesota and I would take either of the 3 guys I mentioned over him!

  29. thisisouryear!! Says:

    The more I think about Rivers, I think he could do very well in this offense. He’s 38, so realistically he has 3-4 more years. Can’t wait!!! Go Bucs!!

  30. doolnutts Says:

    I don’t think Andy Dalton is that great but here is the thing… He is AS GOOD if not slightly better than Winston but cheaper… Idc what anyone says their first five years in this league are identical if any as others stated Andy was WAY better in the turn over department. I don’t know how anyone can say with a straight face that Winston is leaps and bounds better than Dalton. As for knocking Andy on “not being a winner” What the hell has Winston done?????

  31. 813bucboi Says:

    Lamarcus Says:
    March 16th, 2020 at 10:40 am
    Who is door number 1?

    it aint JW!!!….thats for sure….

    maybe mama lamarcus….lol….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  32. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    tmax says: winners win when it matters most….

    Check your W&L stat sheet on JW.

    Check that last throw when it mattered most in the last game.

    By your own defenition…JW is a loser.

  33. tmaxcon Says:


    No the bucs organization are proven losers. Jameis was setup to fail from day 1 by this minor league franchise

  34. Rod Munch Says:


    If you listen to the Winston haters, those idiots will have us with Dalton and Glennon as our QBs.

  35. BucEmUp Says:

    I wouldn’t want anything to do with Dalton, I would take Carr but if the Raiders or Bengals part with either of those fb’s I don’t see anyone trading for them. I’d like to keep Winston for one season. Two year deal one year guaranteed, Winston will tear it up. Beef up the line in the draft, retain the defensive line. If Jameis must go the only guy I would feel comfortable with is Derek Carr. Don’t want Rivers, Teddy, Dalton I’d keep Jameis over all of them. Whoever is under center Leftwich needs to keep the offense more balanced and stop being so predictable on run plays. Always up the middle with one wr lined up outside. Thats what makes great play callers GREAT! It’s not just the types of plays your calling but when you call them.

  36. BucEmUp Says:

    Adrnagy, I agree. I was the happiest fan on the planet when they hired Arians but was pissed when the said Leftwich was calling plays. He’s better and the players respond to Arians. If Bruce wanted to win he would call the plays. I think that’s the main reason Bruce wants Brady is so that he can take Leftwich off of play calling without hurting his feelings and just let Brady call the shots. ” Here Byron, you can still hold the clipboard but Tom will decide what is best.:

    I’d rather see Jameis at QB with Arians calling the plays. It would be phenomenal and if I’m the Glaziers I’m demanding it.

  37. Seminole Bill Says:

    I don’t know this to be true, so take it for what it is: my prediction that there will not be a 20-21 NFL season. Which makes all the free agent speculation meaningless.

  38. Tval Says:

    Lol! That is ALL

  39. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Sometimes you can’t make this stuff up…our resident troll/moron posted this..
    Remember this troll is a JW fluffer.

    “winners win when it matters most…”

    Here is guy who supports the biggest choker at QB in a long time and then says that? Yeah like when your team has finally turned the corner…your D is playing finish with two critical games at home that could STOP THE FREAKING LOSING…but oh no….Mr Winner when it matters worst choked like a big dog on an Elephant bone.

    Yep the highly vaunted offense produced 3…did you read that THREE second half points combined in those two CRITICAL games for MR. Choker.

    Oh but the rookie kicker is at blame because he had to know JW would choke if it went to OT…no pressure on the rookie kicker when your star QB cannot score a SINGLE TD in four quarters of critical second half play.

    JW is a CHOKER!! Can you say Jean Van de Velde at the Open…Bill Buckner in the series!

  40. RustyRhinos Says:

    Glad to read ya getting it all out of your system stpete! Hope to see ya work it out a little more often.

  41. RustyRhinos Says:

    I’m good with Dalton as our vet QB, and drafting a QB 1-3 rounds.

  42. Seemore Bucs Says:

    RustyRhinos, I totally echo your comments. Sign me up.

  43. Buczilla Says:

    If the plan is to draft a quarterback in round one, I can live with us trading no more than a 5th round pick for this guy. Not thrilled with the idea though.

  44. DaMayan Says:

    Dalton is good, but he won’t be draft capital free to trade for. Giving up draft picks when there is a big free agent supply seems unlikely.

  45. Bob Says:

    Dalton is by far better than any QB bucks have had in the last 20 years dont judge a man by the the team