Fans feel pain after Bengals loss, finger-pointing begins

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - More than a day removed from the Bengals loss in the playoffs, and fans are still feeling the pain.

Do a quick search on your Twitter feed, and not a minute goes by that someone isn't mentioning the Bengals whether it be good, bad or indifferent.  But, a lot of them are upset with Sunday's loss.

Callers spent Monday afternoon sounding off on Mo Egger's radio show on ESPN1530.

"When Dalton's good, he's great. But, when he's bad, he's horrible," said one caller.

"There's just this huge sense of a blown opportunity given how good this team was. They got the opponent they wanted. They were at home where they were dominant," said Egger.

For the fans, a 23-year playoff victory drought isn't an easy one to stomach.

"It's a little disappointing," said Al Davenport, a die-hard Bengals fan.

"It's very tough," added another fan.

"It's tough, but you become numb to it," said Casey Marsh, a lifelong fan.

And now, the finger pointing begins. A lot of those fingers are pointing right to Andy Dalton and his playoff struggles.

"In a day and age when we expect quarterbacks to be good early more than ever before in the money games, Andy Dalton doesn't get it done," Egger told FOX19.

The internet has been ablaze with criticisms, too, including Facebook pages dedicated to canning the Bengals quarterback. But, for some fans, there is no one person to blame.

"I don't put the blame on nobody. They're all there together. It all happens together," said Floyd Gillie, a lifelong fan.

"It's a team effort. It's not just on one player. It's just a team effort," added Davenport.

An early end to a promising season has fans now focused on the future.

"You find out who's a real fan and who isn't in these times. You're either going to stick around, or you're not," Marsh told FOX19.

Who do you think is to blame for the loss?

Andy Dalton? Jay Gruden? The offensive line?

What changes would you like to see made?

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