New York Jets head coach Adam Gase understands his defense will have to prepare well for recently-appointed starting quarterback Andy Dalton.
The Cincinnati Bengals have officially announced they will be going back to Andy Dalton as their starting quarterback. They benched the longtime veteran after their Week 8 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Dalton threw for 329 yards and one touchdown in that matchup.
He was 0-8 as a starter this year prior to the benching, but Ryan Finley wasn’t much better. This team is now 0-11 heading into their matchup with the New York Jets. Despite Dalton’s struggles to lead Cincinnati to any sort of victory in 2019, Jets head coach Adam Gase is making sure his defense prepares well for him.
“It’s obviously something we have to be highly aware of,” he said on Wednesday, per Scott Thompson of SNY. “Andy through the most part of his career has done a good job taking care of the football, putting the team in a good position as far as third and manageable situations. He sees the game well.”
Dalton’s numbers weren’t the greatest through the first eight games of the year. The three-time Pro Bowler completed 60.4% of his throws for 2,252 yards, nine touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Finley completed 47.1% of passes for 474 yards, two touchdowns, and two picks in his trio of starts.
The Jets defense is hot right now, allowing an average of 238 total yards-per-game on their current three-game win streak. With the winless Bengals on deck, Gang Green will look to stay on the right track and improve to 5-7.
New York and Cincinnati will kick off this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.