The Cincinnati Bengals should be considered the underachievers of the underachieving. The Bengals have a great defense; they are tied for No. 3 in the NFL in sacks(34), have forced 12 fumbles, and 12 interceptions, with an overall defense ranked No. 7.
The Bengals' offense is possibly the most versatile offense in the NFL. With the duo at the running back position with Giovani Bernard and Benjarvus Green-Ellis -- with Bernard being utilized for his pass-catching ability, and his ability to make defenders miss. One of the best NFL receivers in A.J. Green, and receivers that have proven they can be relied on in Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Not to mention tight ends Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham who are virtually unguardable.
Cincinnati should be a much better team than they are, yet inconsistency is why they've lost four games, and one would blame this on quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton has shown he is able to lead the Bengals' offense as long as he takes care of the ball -- but he doesn't. In the last four weeks, Dalton (along with Matt Ryan) leads the NFL in interceptions(9).
San Diego Chargers(5-6):
The Chargers are a well-balanced team that should have a better record. With talent on offense with the like of Phillip Rivers at quarterback, and the dual-threat of Ryan Matthews and Danny Woodhead at running back, and Antonio Gates at tight end.
Phillip Rivers entered the season playing lights out football, throwing for three or more touchdowns in three of his first five games, although throwing three interceptions in his fifth game. The Chargers' three losses were decided by an average of 4.3 points.
Since Rivers' hot streak, his production has slowed down, throwing just a single touchdown in four of his last six games.
The Cleveland Browns were seemingly getting a start to another unsuccessful season as they lost their first two games. After the Browns decided to replace quarterback Brandon Weeden with Brian Hoyer, the Browns went on a three-game winning streak, defeating the Minnesota Vikings 31-27, the Cincinnati Bengals 17-6, and the Buffalo Bills 37-24.
Hoyer utilized the talent around him, spreading the ball around to Jordan Cameron(157), Josh Gordon(217), Greg Little(19), and Davone Bess(92) over the course of two games; Hoyer was injured in his third game.
Since Hoyer's injury, the Browns have accumulated a record of 1-5.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill posted an average of 94.3 QB Rating as he lead the Miami Dolphins to 3-0 record, defeating the Cleveland Browns, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Atlanta Falcons.
Over the next three games, Tannehill would post an average of 71.73 QB Rating, and it has been downhill ever since. Tannehill and his receiving corps have struggled to be on the same page all season, and it still continues as the season progresses.
With receivers such as Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson, it seems as if the quarterback positon is the detriment in Miami.
Do these four teams owe their underachieving season to their quarterback?