According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Bengals QB Andy Dalton is not in any imminent danger of losing his starting job, despite the fact that he’s played poorly in the team’s first two games and they’ve already fired OC Ken Zampese.
La Canfora does, however, mention that backup QB A.J. McCarron is “high thought of internally and around the league” but Cincinnati still does not have him on a short leash at this point.
If a change is to be made, La Canfora says it likely come after a downward spiral that lasts to the halfway point of the season.
La Canfora adds that one of the “primary beneficiaries” of the coaching change will likely be rookie RB Joe Mixon.
Dalton, 29, is a former second-round pick of the Bengals back in 2011. He’s currently in the fourth year of his seven-year, $97.09 million contract, which includes $17 million guaranteed.
Dalton stands to make base salaries of $13.1 million and $13.7 million over the next two years of the agreement.
In 2017, Dalton has appeared in two games and thrown for 394 yards while completing 54.5 percent of his passes to go along with no touchdowns and four interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 29 quarterback out of 33 qualifying players.