In 2011, Andy Dalton became the first quarterback drafted outside of the first round to start all 16 games and take his team to the playoffs.
He did all that without the benefit of an offseason program, so it stands to reason that he and the Bengals would be excited about the prospect of getting more work done this offseason. That seems to be the case and Dalton knows the things he wants to work on before the start of next season. It starts with setting his feet and doing a better job of throwing the deep ball.
“Throwing the football all comes down to footwork,” Dalton said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I have to put more air under it and things like that.”
Dalton actually did a good job of allaying fears about his arm strength last season. He had the best completion percentage in the league on deep balls over the middle, but he struggled throwing the ball down the field toward either sideline. Improved footwork would be one way to address that problem, but it isn’t the only way.
If the Bengals had a better number two receiver to team with A.J. Green, Dalton would likely find more success throwing the ball to all parts of the field. Defenses know that Green is the receiving threat they need to focus on. Opening up the field will make the passing game more potent, especially if Dalton cleans up his footwork over the next few months.