In an excellent article from Peter King of Sports Illustrated regarding the challenges and dynamics of drafting and developing quarterbacks, King shares some intriguing information about Andy Dalton’s experiences with the Dolphins.
For starters, the Dolphins sent Dalton a portion of their playbook on Thursday, March 31, in advance of a Sunday, April 3 meeting. It contained more than 100 formations, with motions and shifts and protections, along with pass route trees.
They wanted him to know it cold by Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. But he was meeting with the Cowboys all day Friday and he had to attend a rehearsal dinner for a friend’s wedding on Friday night and the wedding on Saturday night. So Dalton got up early on Saturday and studied the playbook all day. On Sunday, he continued to review it during the one-hour trip to campus, while his girlfriend drove.
Dalton said he believes he “aced” the tests.
But then the Dolphins exposed Dalton to another type of test, with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll pretending to be a disgruntled receiver who wasn’t getting the ball as much as he’d like. (We’re not sure why the Fins would be worried about that; they have no one on the roster who fits that description. Eye roll.)
“He was yelling at me pretty loud about not getting the ball,” Dalton told King. “I said, ‘I’ll take a look at that. . . . All right, all right!’ I don’t think I handled that too well, but I know I can when it happens. But the situation was a little weird.”
Dez Bryant would tell Dalton that it could have been even weirder.