Jay Gruden Speaks on how Andy Dalton Can Improve & Backup QB Situation

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Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) attempts a pass during the third quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

 

When speaking specifically about Andy Dalton, he was quick to point out how he needs to improve entering  year-3 of his NFL career:

 

He may not be in the category of Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers and those guys. Yet. He’s in year two, he’s a great guy. He competes his butt off and I know everyone wants perfection from that position. It’s a very criticized position. As it should be. I think he’s done pretty well for his first two years. We need better.

He’s done some pretty good things. Beat Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh. A critical game for us to get into the playoffs. We didn’t light it up on offense. He managed the game well, we punted when we had to punt, the defense played well. He made the play at the end of the game to get us into field position. I think he can be successful.

Statistically he did get better from year one to year two. More touchdowns. Won one more game. It didn’t probably seem like it, but he did. If he continues to progress, get his passing percentage up, maybe get some more creative plays on his own, avoid some sacks. Throw the ball away when he has to. Maybe get a little better on the deep ball, then he will get better … I’m sure he is (the guy).

 

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