Dalton’s not the first quarterback to experience such playoff failure. Actually, he’s in pretty good company.
Warren Moon lost four straight opening-round playoff games, while Otto Graham, Y.A. Tittle, Joe Montana, Bert Jones and Randall Cunningham also lost three in a row just like Dalton, according to STATS.
Dave Krieg lost five straight playoff games overall for the NFL record since 1950, according to STATS. Tittle, Billy Kilmer and Moon lost four straight. Dalton is tied with 23 others at three consecutive playoff losses.
“I don’t think he’s ready to be the guy who wins the game by himself,” Gruden said. “I don’t know how many quarterbacks are. There’s only a select few of those in the NFL. But we need to be great around him, and we weren’t great around him.”