Last season, Andy Dalton, lead the Bengals to the AFC Wildcard round of the Playoffs. As well as being a rookie, he did it with a rookie wide receiver in A.J. Green, and with a first year offensive coordinator in Jay Gruden. The other factor in Dalton’s great rookie season, was the fact that he had no offseason to work with the team, due to the lock-out.
With a full offseason and a year of experience for Dalton, Green, and Gruden, will the ceiling be sky high or will the 2nd round pick out of TCU be victimized by the sophomore slump?
Last season, being Andy Dalton’s rookie season, he would not have had the full offseason that the players normally have to work with the team for two reason. One because of the fact that he was a rookie and could not coordinate work outs with teammates throughout certain parts of the offseason. Two is because of the lock-out that took away from all teams practice times. Now that he has a full season with the entire team and coaches, he should improve drastically.
-The Preview: Rating Dalton
I am going to do something a little different this time around with the ratings. Before, I gave my opinion on what I thought would happen with the player(s) that was being previewed. This time around I am going to rate the different aspects of his game and compare them to whom, I feel, has the best rating in that particular category.
1. Arm Strength
-All of the critics this offseason and preseason have seemed to complain that Dalton has a lack of arm strength, and that this will limit his production in the NFL. Have we all but forgotten the Bengal Great, Ken Anderson? Anderson, who like Dalton, had not what is called a quarterback coaches dream of an arm. It was average, but very accurate.Anderson did also lead the Bengals to a Super Bowl. I am not going to compare Dalton to Joe Montana, but Montana did not have a strong arm either.
Best in the League; Aaron Rogers
2. Arm Accuracy
Although Dalton only completed nearly 60 percent of his passes last season, he still was pretty accurate. Let us remember that A.J. Green was our only true wide receiver threat, who, oh yeah, by the way, was a rookie as well. So for having a rookie, and a load of receivers that were either hurt, or a work in progress I will say that he is pretty accurate. Another point to be noted, Dalton did not throw an interception in the Red Zone last season. Plus Dalton was on ESPN’S Sports Science for being highly accurate. See the Video here.
- Brady went a whole season only throwing 4 interceptions, while Brees has the record for completion percentage in a single season.