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.

31 responses to “Andy Dalton wants to improve his footwork

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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”


  5. @ 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. @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.

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

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

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

  12. 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…..”.

  13. “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…

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