Dalton’s arm survives Jaws

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on June 22, 2012 – 5:40 pm

Andy Dalton

It was the only sliver of controversy in the Bengals Camp Calm and even then it didn’t raise much more than an eyebrow on the national Geiger counter this spring when Greg Cosell of NFL Films questioned quarterback Andy Dalton’s arm strength.

Cosell wasn’t trashing him, but after Dalton made a couple of perfect throws of 50 and 60 yards in the spring camps and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden offered several impassioned defenses, it died even before it started.

And on Friday, ESPN QB guru Ron Jaworski defended Dalton in his own way when he ranked him No. 19 in his survey of the NFL’s 29  veteran starting quarterbacks and Jets backup Tim Tebow, ranked last at No. 30.

Also in with his take on the Jaws rankings is Bengals radio play-by-play man Dan Hoard in his blog.

“The more I evaluated Dalton, the more I liked him,” Jaworski said in one of his three-minute segments. “He does have some arm strength limitations, but he compensates very well with his anticipation and his accuracy. That was particularly evident in the red zone. And that is an absolutely critical measure of a quarterback. The numbers were exceptional: 15 touchdowns, no interceptions. Dalton was very effective in the boot-action pass game. He did that well at TCU, and his ability to throw accurately on the run transitioned well to the NFL.”

Jaworski predicts Dalton is going to be near his top 10 after this season, citing his anticipation and accuracy, and one more year in Gruden’s system.

“Anticipation is an essential attribute to play at a high level. It is more important if you are not a power thrower,” he said. “Dalton was an outstanding anticipation passer. … What must supplement anticipation is pinpoint ball location. Dalton was consistently accurate in the short to intermediate areas. He put the ball right in his receiver’s hands. As my good friend quarterback coach Terry Shea says, he hits the strike point. Remember, it is the quarterback who is most responsible for run after catch.”

Jaworski also loved the way Dalton  stood in the pocket: “Overall, Dalton threw with great touch. What also stood out was his willingness to look down the gun barrel, to deliver the football in the face of pressure. You have to do that in the NFL. You will get hit. You still have to make the throws. ”

Jaworski rated two quarterbacks drafted ahead of Dalton, Blaine Gabbert of Jacksonville, and Christian Ponder of Minnesota, No. 29 and 28, respectively.

He also put Dalton ahead of two former Bengals quarterbacks, Ryan Fitzpatrick (24) and Carson Palmer (21), as well as a pair of top 10 picks in the Jets’ Mark Sanchez (No. 23) and the Rams’ Sam Bradford (No. 20).

For what it’s worth, Dalton had a much better first full season as a starter than Jaws did, but he was also asked to do a lot more. In Jaworski’s fourth year in 1977, the Eagles went 5-9 in his 14 starts and he had 18 TDs and 21 interceptions for 6.3 yards per throw and a 60.4 passer rating on 116 completions of 346 throws.

Dalton went 9-7 with 20 TDs and 13 interceptions for 6.6 yards per throw and an 80.4 rating on 300 completions of 516 throws.

Jaws’s No. 1 pick is unveiled Tuesday, July 10 on SportsCenter, NFL Live (4 p.m. on ESPN) and NFL32 (6 p.m. on ESPN2).

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2 Responses to “Dalton’s arm survives Jaws”

  1. By mwindle1973 on Jun 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think they are just telling us what we already know in Bengaldom! The thing that I’m watching for with him this season is not physical in nature. I’m sure he will continue to develop physically and mechanically. But what you really want to see is him continue to gain control over the LOS. Particularly with reads and audibles. That’s one area where Palmer excelled greatly. Dalton got a great start last year, but he’s got to be able to break down the Pit & Bal schemes to win this division. That’s one good thing about competing with these teams. Once you learn to deal with those 2 Ds, you can pretty much deal with all Ds at that point. And that’s one of the things that made you feel secure with Palmer. He seems to be on a track to achieve this.

  2. By mwindle1973 on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t believe Bob Johnson, Mike Reid, Dan Ross & Tommy Cassanova are not even in the top 13 in voting so far. IMO it’s simply a matter of these players impact on the franchise not being known. Mike Reid was arguably the best Dlineman that has played for the franchise. 49 sacks in 5 years before injury forced him out. Interesting fact is he is in the Country Music Songwriters HOF. He’s had a #1 country song as a performer, a #1 pop song as a writer, and won a grammy as a writer for Song of the Year. But aside from that for 3 injury free seasons of 71-73 he had 37 sacks. His presence was sorely missed in 1975 when we were a hair short of besting the champion Steelers that year. Rich Braham is great, but was he as consistently great as Bob Johnson? The first pick of the franchise and was the last original Bengal to retire. He captained the Oline for 12 seasons. Ross & Casanova aren’t as easy to make a case for. But Casanova was a 3 time Pro Bowler who had 17 ints in his 6 year career. He was a dangerous play maker. Dan Ross still shares a piece of the record for most receptions in a Super Bowl. And his stats in that playoff run are amongst the most impressive by a TE ever. He may was a very important part of that offense from 80-83. He was always a very clutch player

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