Bengals Receive Another House Call From Dr. House


May 26, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron (5) and quarterback Andy Dalton (14) look on during OTAs at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

No, we are not talking about Dr. House from the TV show, we are talking about Dr. Tom House, who is a retired pitcher and throwing coach to the stars. According to Dan Hoard, the radio voice for the Cincinnati Bengals and University of Cincinnati Bearcats football and basketball, House was in attendance at Bengals OTA’s yesterday.

Dr. House worked with Andy Dalton last year, but expanded his client base by working with the entirety of the Bengals’ quarterback roster this year. The purpose of his attendance could be to check on the progress of each clientele by watching them function with receivers. Although Dalton could stand to benefit the most from Dr. House’s visit, A.J. McCarron could receive valuable tutelage.  He had issues with his throwing shoulder last year and could benefit from improved mechanics to reduce the risk of further health issues and improve his chances of earning the the back up role, and maybe more if Dalton struggles at any point.

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House has worked with the likes of Tom Brady and Drew Brees, as well as other NFL quarterbacks, to improve their fundamental skills and increase their overall accuracy. Andy Dalton posted a career best accuracy percentage last year (64.2%) after working with Dr. House; this percentage was up 2.3% from 2013 and though his touchdown number decreased, this could be attributed to an emphasized running game.  Dalton’s interceptions dropped as well in 2014.

Many fans are hoping Andy Dalton makes major strides this season while others remain pessimistic regarding Dalton and have already begun banking on A.J. McCarron to step up.  Either way, Dr. House will be involved. If Dalton can continue to improve his accuracy and his receivers get healthy, the Bengals could be the favorites to win the AFC North and maybe earn their first playoff win since the 1990 season.

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