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Andy Dalton wants to improve his footwork

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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.

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31 Responses to “Andy Dalton wants to improve his footwork”
  1. eaglesfan247 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:18 PM

    Time for dancing with the stars.

  2. mjbulls45 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:18 PM

    carson palmer is coming for the whole city of cincinnati very soon

  3. galatians62 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:28 PM

    I really like this kid. I see no reason why he won’t continue to improve. The next step is to win a play-off game.

  4. xtb3 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:30 PM

    And then in the playoff game, Dalton stunk out the joint. Running backweards out of easy field goal range when the Bengals controlled te game, then handing the game to Houston by throwing and interception to the tall defensive end standing 2 and a half yards in front of him as he released the ball.

    Dalton is the most overated QB of last season by the media who nevwer saw him play.

  5. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 17, 2012 12:35 PM

    Dalton was impressive last year. Couldn’t care less about the bengals but its nice to see a bottom-dweller team have legit hope in the near future.

    Just make more solid choices with the raiders picks and ull be allright Cincy

  6. youcantquitmebaby says: Apr 17, 2012 12:35 PM

    Rex Ryan knows something about footwork.

  7. illiniftw says: Apr 17, 2012 12:42 PM

    I hope he does well. I started liking him after a press conference about his nickname. Went something like:

    Press: So what nickname do you like best?

    Andy: Well, you guys are probably going to pick something with red in it for my hair. I prefer Andy tho…

    Press: OK, we’ll call you “red rocket”

    lol

  8. joetoronto says: Apr 17, 2012 12:42 PM

    Too bad he can’t change how ugly he is, wow.

    That dude is fugly.

  9. godofwine330 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:44 PM

    @ Josh Alper

    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.

    ************

    I believe it is missing ROOKIE

    In 2011, Andy Dalton became the first ROOKIE quarterback drafted outside of the first round to start all 16 games and take his team to the playoffs.

    Other than that, good for him. Sadly he is in my division, but I root for the Bengals, and Ravens when they are not playing the Browns because one is from the same state and the other used to be the Browns.

  10. ajgreenhof says: Apr 17, 2012 12:49 PM

    @Mjbulls45

    …and I will be in the stands as Palmer hands the Bengals the game with his uncanny ability to toss INTs for touchdowns.

  11. kerrchris65 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:49 PM

    In a related story, I would like to work on my chipping game because I to get better at getting up and down.

  12. scrp2 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:49 PM

    We’ll give you Romo, Felix Jones and a 2nd round pick. That’s our final offer!

  13. lollygagger8 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:51 PM

    He should fix his face before he worries about his feet.

  14. rexismybff says: Apr 17, 2012 12:56 PM

    He should improve his field vision. AFC North cornerbacks and safeties ate him alive last year, because he was constantly telegraphing his throws.

    He’s got a nice arm, but there’s way to much speed and ability in AFC North defensive backfields. If he’s going to stare down his primary receiver on most throws, the interceptions and Pick 6′s are really going to pile up.

  15. beelicker says: Apr 17, 2012 1:04 PM

    @mjbulls45

    Who’s their backup QB?

    It might be difficult for the French maid quitterback Garcon “I’ll never set foot in PBS again” Palmierre to be making the kickoff when he “comes for Cincinnati”?

    http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/sports/sports-illustrated%27s-peter-king-suggests-bengals-could-soften-stance.

  16. buckhuckster says: Apr 17, 2012 1:15 PM

    Dalton needs to improve on getting a soul.

  17. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 17, 2012 1:44 PM

    Dalton looks to be a top 10 QB for the foreseeabe future. Strange to see the Bengals making so many good moves recently?

  18. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 17, 2012 1:53 PM

    @joetoronto says:
    Apr 17, 2012 12:42 PM
    Too bad he can’t change how ugly he is, wow.

    That dude is fugly.”

    Morons like you make this website a worse place.

  19. fearthebengaltiger says: Apr 17, 2012 2:06 PM

    rex ryan opened this article up and was disappointed cause there was no feet pictures

  20. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 17, 2012 2:17 PM

    Dalton shouldn’t worry so much- look at Tebow, his footwork and mechanics are atrocious, and he’s one of the all-time greats.

  21. boilerup1869 says: Apr 17, 2012 2:42 PM

    Talk to Cutler. His footwork made Mike Martz giddy.

  22. chadmurdigan says: Apr 17, 2012 2:55 PM

    I’d sure like to have Andy’s head of hair. Man, that’s better than one of those Chia sprout growing things.

  23. terumiarai says: Apr 17, 2012 3:04 PM

    Lol! I thought that was Will Ferrell on roids.

  24. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 17, 2012 3:21 PM

    Lacking any arm strength, Andy is experimenting with using his feet. A longer drop, followed by a short directional punt. “Seems to be working well”, beamed Andy, ” I can finally reach A.J. on the sideline routes, and he has such long arms…..”.

  25. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 17, 2012 3:39 PM

    Appropriately enough, Dalton is becoming “The Face” of the Bengal franchise.

  26. dvnelson72 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:22 PM

    Why do the Bengals love ginger-QBs so much?

  27. 32bigg says: Apr 17, 2012 4:32 PM

    For those who criticize Andy’s looks, you’re either 12 years old, or you’ve never seen his wife. HOT!

  28. Raider-in-PA says: Apr 17, 2012 5:08 PM

    Might as well work on the footwork, he has his Dr. Spock imitation down pat…

  29. gards81 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:38 PM

    Trust me the last person Bengals fans fear in the NFL is Carson Palmer. Pick 6 all day

  30. sellout3871 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:54 PM

    “mjbulls45 says:
    Apr 17, 2012 12:18 PM
    carson palmer is coming for the whole city of cincinnati very soon”

    bring it on, our D would love a pick six or two…or three…

  31. blakspartan says: Apr 17, 2012 11:24 PM

    Lol@raider comment dr Spock

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