Not everyone is a believer in Bengals QB Andy Dalton, and apparently Greg Cosell of NFL Films is one of those doubters. Here are Cosell’s observations as posted on PFT yesterday:
I can tell you that those in the Bengals’ organization have a few doubts as to what his true upside is. Because at the end of the day, while I think Dalton is a good player, I think — not I think, I know — that he’s got some arm strength limitations “and there’s some things that they’re not comfortable doing with him.
Who knows what Cosell was watching when he saw Dalton play last year? Maybe Greg got into Uncle Howie’s liquor cabinet or its sour grapes, because before last year’s draft he said that “Andy Dalton is a fourth round talent and needs a strong running game to be successful”. That couldn’t have been further from the truth.
Blaine Gabbert had Maurice Jones-Drew, Christian Ponder had Adrian Peterson, and Cam Newton had DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Andy Dalton had the 19th ranked running game led by an unhappy Cedric Benson.
What Dalton did last season was nothing short of amazing. His number one target was a rookie wide receiver. His number two wide receiver ran routes as well as he chose mailing routes. A new offensive coordinator, a lockout shortened off-season all made it look so bleak that ESPN had them ranked as the 32nd team going into the season. He led them to the playoffs.
The huge revelation in the article was that there are people in the organization who doubt his true upside, but that was pointed out the day of the 2011 NFL draft. The rumor was that Mike Brown wanted to take Ryan Mallet. Let’s think about this for a moment.
This is the same super scout that took the cannon armed Davis Klingler, and passed up the entire Saints draft to take the rocket armed Akili Smith. How did those physical specimens turn out? Here’s a stat. Anthony Munoz had four touchdown receptions in his career. Akili Smith had FIVE touchdown passes. Klingler took so many sacks that if you asked him right now who he played for he’d say the Browns.
I’ll trust Marvin Lewis and Jay Gruden’s , scouting report over Cosell’s and Mike Browns report any day.