Back in 2011, the Cincinnati Bengals were in their rebuilding stage; the most important pieces in that 2011 NFL Draft was Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.
Since 2011, the Bengals have been shopping for more weapons to complement A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham, now in the 2013 season, the Bengals have one of the league's best receivers in Green.
Plus a SOLID No. 2 receiver in Mohamed Sanu, tight end Jermaine Gresham (who has the potential to be one of the league's best tight ends), Giovani Bernard (who is already establishing himself as a lethal weapon in Cincinnati's offense, displaying his blazing speed), and the 6'6", 250-pound, Tyler Eifert, who is able to muscle the ball from opposing defenders.
With all of these weapons, why can't Andy Dalton take them further?
Dalton has led the Bengals to two consecutive playoffs, with ZERO playoff wins, and with the Bengals' spectacular pass-rushing, and run-topping defense and talent on offense, there's no excuse for not venturing further into the playoffs.
This brings concerns for the quarterback like Matt Schaub in Houston (although Dalton hasn't thrown a pick six in four consecutive games). Is Dalton holding the Bengals back?
Looking at the 2013 season so far, the Bengals were beaten by the Cleveland Browns and barely won against the New England Patriots. The Browns were able to defeat the Bengals 6-17, limiting Dalton to ZERO touchdowns, and one interception.
The Patriots were defeated by the Bengals 13-6, Dalton was also limited to zero touchdowns, and an interception -- that isn't the work of a franchise quarterback; when you are able to limit a team to just 17 points, it's then the quarterback's job to lead his team downfield and put up some points of his own, scoring 6 points against anyone isn't going to win a game.
One may also consider the win against the Patriots unworthy by Andy Dalton, the Bengals' defense was able to hold Tom Brady without a touchdown; Andy Dalton was held without a touchdown also, as well as throwing an interception, had Tom Brady been on his game, would Dalton come through for his team?
Deep ball accuracy:
One factor that may concern Bengals' fans is his deep ball. During the 2012 season, Dalton attempted 67 deep passes (20 yards or more), and completing only 18 of them; this has resulted in four touchdowns and five interceptions. The Bengals' coaching staff doesn't often call for plays like this either, but you can see why -- Dalton's accuracy is poor when throwing it deep.
Through his first two years in the NFL, Dalton has accumulated 47 touchdowns and 29 interceptions, while those aren't bad numbers at all, he hasn't been a playmaker when it matters most. Going two games in a row without a touchdown, and one interception isn't acceptable when your team wants you as a franchise quarterback.
Most Bengals fans describe him as a mediocre quarterback, if the players around him don't perform well, he doesn't either -- this has to change if Dalton looks to become a leader for the Bengals' offense.