Dalton's Deep Ball Dilemma

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Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 27-17. (October 15, 2011 - Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)


Earlier this week, Twitter was abuzz with talk about Andy Dalton‘s arm. Greg Cosell addressed it, saying there was concern in the Bengals organization about his arm strength and what kind of upside he might have. This led to a statement from offensive coordinator Jay Gruden:

I don’t know where that came from and why he (Cosell) said it. If there were reservations about Andy Dalton there would be a lot more quarterbacks here right now. We know and he knows he has to get better and he is chomping at the bit to get going. I have no reservations about his arm strength. I think he can do it all. He might not run 4.3 in the 40 or be 6-6 but to play the position and what we need to do he can do everything we want.

Dalton himself also responded to the criticism with this:

I’m comfortable with it. Everyone knows what they are going to get out of me. I don’t think it held us back last year and I don’t think it is going to hold me back in my career. Arm strength is one thing, there’s a lot to throwing. It’s timing, consistency and making sure everyone is on the same page. I’m going to keep working but I don’t think arm strength is an issue.


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