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Andy Dalton says his arm strength is no issue

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Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has heard the talk that his arm strength is a problem, and he says it’s a lot of bunk.

Asked about comments from Greg Cosell of NFL Films indicating that the Bengals had reservations about Dalton’s arm strength, Dalton responded not by saying he has a strong arm, but by saying there’s a lot more to playing the quarterback position than having a strong arm.

Arm strength is one thing, there’s a lot to throwing,” Dalton told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s timing, consistency and making sure everyone is on the same page. I’m going to keep working but I don’t think arm strength is an issue.”

Dalton says that he showed what kind of quarterback he is during his rookie season, when he threw for 20 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions while starting 16 games for a team that made the playoffs.

“I’m comfortable with it. Everyone knows what they are going to get out of me,” Dalton said. “I don’t think it held us back last year and I don’t think it is going to hold me back in my career.”

Arm strength didn’t appear to hold Dalton back as a rookie.

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  1. pooflingingmonkey says: May 23, 2012 11:12 AM

    I do think there’s some truth to this. More than a few of Dalton’s deep passes were underthrown, much like another highly scrutinized I remember… Drew Brees. I see a lot of parallels between the two.

    I don’t think Dalton is the next Brees, but I do think he’s going to be a very successful QB.

  2. sterilizecromartie says: May 23, 2012 11:13 AM

    Didn’t Jamarcus Russell have the strongest arm ever?

  3. td40 says: May 23, 2012 11:24 AM

    Um, yeah… You can pretty much guarantee that once the headlines are out there yelling “Andy Dalton says his arm strength is no issue,” that it means that Andy Dalton’s arm strength is an issue.

    He’s Colt McCoy II. Can look really good at certain times, but ultimately will be a back up.

  4. morgan420 says: May 23, 2012 11:29 AM

    His rookie season speaks for it self

  5. redrifle14 says: May 23, 2012 11:30 AM

    Derek Anderson had a strong arm. Didnt do much for him without accuracy.

  6. cliverush says: May 23, 2012 11:31 AM

    Arm strength is always important. 30 years ago maybe not, but today it is a necessity of the position.

  7. santolonius says: May 23, 2012 11:39 AM

    the time to question whether a QB has the right stuff is not right after he led his team to its most unlikely playoff birth in franchise history. i think the dude’s gonna be fine.

  8. joetoronto says: May 23, 2012 11:40 AM

    Jamarcus Russell had a strong arm but nothing between his ears.

    Dalton is bright enough, but has a noodle arm.

    You need both, Dalton is going nowhere.

  9. dshanky says: May 23, 2012 11:40 AM

    “He’s a good player. He spins the ball really well, especially with the wind. He was spinning it really well. He seems to be very cerebral. He knows what’s going on out there. I think that he is playing the best out of all the rookie quarterbacks. The other guys have numbers, but he makes some great throws. We were on the sideline — Byron (Leftwich), Charlie (Batch) and I — and we were saying ‘Oh, that’s a good throw.’ He makes good throws, he anticipates and I think he’s playing really well. I told him, ‘We’ll see you in a couple of weeks, but you’re playing lights out.”

    - Ben Roethlisberger

  10. td40 says: May 23, 2012 11:58 AM

    santolonius says:

    “the time to question whether a QB has the right stuff is not right after he led his team to its most unlikely playoff birth in franchise history. i think the dude’s gonna be fine.”

    Derek Anderson led the Browns to a 10-6 record in 2007 (in his first full season with the team) and went to the Pro Bowl that year. The only reason the Browns missed the playoffs that year was that they needed the Jets(?) to lose and they won, so the Browns were eliminated. Of course, there’s not much difference between not getting in at all and getting in and being utterly destroyed and sent unceremoniously packing in the first game.

    Point is- as you can see, putting together one unlikely playoff birth means little. While Dalton looked like the 2.0 version of Pro Bowl Derek Anderson last, he could just as easily look like the 2.0 version of 2009 Derek Anderson next year. And that won’t be pretty.

  11. khmer379 says: May 23, 2012 12:06 PM

    Christian ponder agree

  12. peytonwantsaflag says: May 23, 2012 12:11 PM

    EVERY qb in the league’s arm can be outrun, a smart qb just knows his limit and Dalton’s a smart qb.

  13. t8ertot says: May 23, 2012 12:11 PM

    “He’s Colt McCoy II. Can look really good at certain times, but ultimately will be a back up”

    Uhhh..Dalton in his rookie year has been better than McCoy has EVER been.

    Bengals are running the north this year

  14. samoanjungle says: May 23, 2012 12:12 PM

    David Klingler and Akili Smith had strong arms…

  15. cincyorangenblack says: May 23, 2012 12:16 PM

    furthermore…

    Dalton was first in the league in completion percentage of deep passes (16 yards or more in air) over the middle at 71.43 percent but was in the 15th in completions deep left and 23rd in completions deep right.

    “Throwing the football all comes down to footwork,” Dalton said. “I have to put more air under it and things like that. That’s definitely something that I’m going to get better at.”

    And from Bengals.com

    “”Pro Bowl quarterback Andy Dalton says he’s looking to improve his deep ball from last season and he’s going to start with his footwork. The bad news is that ProFootballFocus.com had him hitting just 46.7 percent of his deep passes (28-for-60) and they accounted for five of his 13 interceptions. The good news is they rated him the eighth best deep passer in the NFL and ahead of fellow AFC Pro Bowlers Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.””

  16. thegreatgabbert says: May 23, 2012 12:28 PM

    At this time, Andy chose not to address the issue of whether he looks really goofy or not.

  17. 303bengalguy says: May 23, 2012 12:29 PM

    Joe Toronto chimes in again… imagine that.

  18. godofwine330 says: May 23, 2012 12:34 PM

    I saw bunk and immediately thought of The Wire’s “Bunk”, but no. It was yet another Seinfeld reference.

    Can’t wait to see what Dalton does this year.

  19. professorcolumbus says: May 23, 2012 12:41 PM

    td40 says: May 23, 2012 11:24 AM

    He’s Colt McCoy II. Can look really good at certain times, but ultimately will be a back up.

    ____________

    That looks like some wishful thinking from a Brown’s fan.

  20. sellout3871 says: May 23, 2012 12:44 PM

    Dalton rules.

  21. whodeytn says: May 23, 2012 12:44 PM

    Um, yeah… You can pretty much guarantee that once the headlines are out there yelling “Andy Dalton says his arm strength is no issue,” that it means that Andy Dalton’s arm strength is an issue.

    He’s Colt McCoy II. Can look really good at certain times, but ultimately will be a back up.
    =======

    I didn’t know Colt McCoy made the playoffs.

    And Calling Dalton a backup? What a doof.

  22. paxtonboyd says: May 23, 2012 1:42 PM

    td40 — when has Colt McCoy ever looked good?

    Anyway, arm strength is such a cliché term. Carson Palmer had one helluva arm and I’d take Dalton over him any day of the week (especially on Sundays). The kid’s very savvy, has guts, brains, is VERY accurate and throws to this one dude named AJ Green.

    He’s going to be just fine.

  23. rgwhodey says: May 23, 2012 2:58 PM

    td40 says:
    May 23, 2012 11:58 AM
    santolonius says:

    “the time to question whether a QB has the right stuff is not right after he led his team to its most unlikely playoff birth in franchise history. i think the dude’s gonna be fine.”

    Derek Anderson led the Browns to a 10-6 record in 2007 (in his first full season with the team) and went to the Pro Bowl that year. The only reason the Browns missed the playoffs that year was that they needed the Jets(?) to lose and they won, so the Browns were eliminated. Of course, there’s not much difference between not getting in at all and getting in and being utterly destroyed and sent unceremoniously packing in the first game.

    Point is- as you can see, putting together one unlikely playoff birth means little. While Dalton looked like the 2.0 version of Pro Bowl Derek Anderson last, he could just as easily look like the 2.0 version of 2009 Derek Anderson next year. And that won’t be pretty.

    ——————————————

    If my memory serves me correctly, which it rarely does so I could be wrong but…. didn’t you mean the Browns had to beat the Bengals that last game to get in and they got beat by them, which is what kept them out of the playoffs that year…

    Just sayin’

  24. beelicker says: May 23, 2012 6:18 PM

    Accuracy is the #1 QB prerequisite for the North Coast (of Kentucky) Offensive scheme. QB Savant Dalton is just fine in that department. Limitations due to WRs Caldwell, Jerome 89Urkel & slotman Shipley’s landing on early IR & even TE Gresham (who was injured 2 full games in there) making evolutionary scheme adjustments & progression was more of a limiting offensive factor past midseason than Dalton was, plus AD seemingly has that special pocket awareness going for him.

    It was rumored that the Polians liked Dalton playing the position enough to hope that they might get a shot at drafting him to be able to step into calling that offense at the line of scrimmage as Peyton’s understudy.

    Now with a normal offseason to fully implement the program & with a wider array of targets, I think you’ll see Dalton not only growing into being fully at the controls under center, but quickly rising to the level of offensive orchestration!

    Maybe he just needs Jeff Blake to come in and show him how to throw some simile of that patented downfield moonball of his?

  25. jamesstinnett says: May 24, 2012 9:55 AM

    The people above who are comparing him to Derek Anderson, or Colt McCoy clearly never watched a Bengals game last season. Lets remember Dalton was a rookie, and hasnt ever had an NFL off season to improve. Jamarcus Russell had the best arm strength to ever come into the league.. i think he is now playing in the Canadian league, or in jail.. so that shows how much that matters. Its all about accuracy, arm strength doesnt matter in the AFC north. Why would you want to throw the ball up high and 50 yards down field so that Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu, and an up and coming safety T.J. Ward can pick it off. AFC north is all about playing smart, ball control, and no turnovers. Remember all the teams in our division are top ten defenses, so Andy Dalton is the perfect fit.

  26. randallflagg52 says: May 25, 2012 5:43 AM

    What was this guy’s QB rating against winning teams? It cute for the bengals to think that they have a thing going against weak teams, but they clearly struggled against good teams, especially Baltimore and the Stealers.

    A.J. Green was the true rookie star of the Bengals, and even he couldn’t do squat against Baltimore’s corners. Don’t expect that to change, Dalton can’t beat teams with his arm and nobody can beat Lardarius Webb. Raven’s will continue to own the AFCN for years to come.

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