Chris Mascaro
Friday January 10th, 2014

Hue Jackson (Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Hue Jackson was promoted from running backs coach to offensive coordinator. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Many people were down on Andy Dalton after his three-turnover performance in a Wild Card loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

But Hue Jackson, who replaced Jay Gruden as the Bengals' offensive coordinator on Thursday, is standing behind his starting quarterback.

"There's no doubt in my mind about Andy. I think he has tremendous upside. Everyone has to play better and Andy has to continue to grow," Jackson told Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Dalton has proven he can win in the regular season, as he's 30-18 as a starter and has 80 touchdown passes and 49 interceptions in three years in the league. But he's lost in the Wild Card round each year.

Jackson has had to deal with shaky quarterback play before, as Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller combined for 19 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in his only season as a head coach — 2011 with the Raiders. SI WIRE: Percy Harvin says he's a go for Seahawks on Saturday vs. Saints

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