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Andy Dalton will bounce back, Bengals OC Hue Jackson promises

CINCINNATI -- Who can Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton look to as an example of how to bounce back from a prime-time loss as devastating as Thursday night's to the Browns?

The list of quarterbacks who have had similar abysmal performances, whether they were on national television or not, is endless.

But according to Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, Dalton really doesn't have far too look.

"The example's him," Jackson said.

Specifically, Jackson was citing Dalton's ability to play well in Weeks 8 and 9 fresh on the heels of a performance last month at Indianapolis that was almost as bad as the stinker he showcased Thursday. Against Cleveland, Dalton tied a career low in completions (10) and had career-worsts in completion percentage (30.3) and passer rating (2.0). He also passed for 86 yards, the fewest amount he had in a game he practically finished. He passed for 78 and 81 in games in which he only played one half. He was removed Thursday before the last two drives.

Dalton's passer rating against the Browns was so bad that, according to Pro Football Reference, it was the worst in a game for a quarterback with 30 or more passing attempts since Scott Brunner's 0.4 in 1983.

"You know the stats. I can't dispute what is fact," Jackson said.

In addition to his poor play in this latest nationally-televised game, Dalton is now 2-9 with eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions in prime-time and playoff games throughout his career. He has a career 63.2 passer rating and 34.1 QBR in those games.

During a 20-minute meeting with reporters inside his Paul Brown Stadium office Friday, Jackson shouldered the same amount of blame as Dalton for the quarterback's horrendous performance. While some fans have already begun calling for Dalton to either be benched, or for injured rookie AJ McCarron to at least be placed onto the 53-man roster, Jackson affirmed his commitment to his starter.

"I'm joined at the hip with him. I understand that's the way it goes," said Jackson, who played quarterback in college. "I have not run from that. As he gets killed, I get killed. That's the way it goes. That's part of the business.

"But I don't want us to think we're going to have an issue with Andy. We're not. We're going to coach Andy. We're going to help Andy get to where he needs to be. That's my job. We're going to coach him, continue to get him better, continue to grow."