Bengals quarterbacks Coach Ken Zampese knows he has a special player in Andy Dalton, but in order for the third-year man out of TCU to take the next step, he’ll have to keep building trust and continuity with his receivers:
His game is anticipation; completely. And you can only anticipate if you trust. Or he’s throwing late, flat and hard. It’s a two-way deal. “The longer he’s with these guys, the better that’s going to get. Having a guy you trust like Mo, who’s very dependable, and then to take that component out and you saw our numbers go (down).
It’s part footwork and part trajectory. Give (the receiver) more of a chance. The flatter it is, it drops in at a flatter angle and goes away from a guy. If you get that arc early and drop it in a straighter angle and it’s in in the air longer, they have more time to track it, find it, and when they do find it, it’s coming to them instead of away from them.
That should be easier in 2013, as the Bengals figure to return all but two players (Armon Binns & Brian Leonard) who recorded a reception in 2012. Last year, Dalton was throwing to a second-year A.J. Green, a pair of rookies in Marvin Jones & Mohamed Sanu, and the enigmatic Jermaine Gresham.