Andy Dalton worked on throwing motion with noted QB tutor Tom House

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Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is entering the final year of his contract, leading to all kinds of musing about how the Bengals should handle a potential extension and Dalton’s overall ceiling as an NFL quarterback.

That makes this year a pretty big deal for Dalton and he’s responding to it by trying to perfect his throwing motion this offseason. At the suggestion of the team, Dalton has met with former major league pitcher and quarterback tutor for Tom Brady and others Tom House this offseason. For five days, House studied Dalton’s mechanics by recording every movement he made while throwing the ball and suggesting changes that Dalton can make to be a more efficient thrower.

“The motion is still mine. It’s not like it’s completely changed,” Dalton said, via the team’s website. “We tweaked a few things just to make sure all of your momentum, all your force, everything you have is going toward the target of where you’re trying to throw. We tweaked it a little bit. It happens so quickly, I don’t think the average person will notice it. There was stuff that was new to me. It’s science-based and applying it. But once I got used to it, it was fine.”

The hope is that cleaning things up will allow Dalton to get the most out of every throw, including the deep balls that have long been perceived as a problem that Dalton has to overcome, while also giving Dalton “a fix he can do immediately” when things get out of sorts instead of waiting until film study to recognize where things were going wrong. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he thinks Dalton is “on the cusp” of good things and we’ll find out soon enough if his offseason work pushes him even closer to that goal.

20 responses to “Andy Dalton worked on throwing motion with noted QB tutor Tom House

  1. Now he can put up even better numbers in the regular season before choking in the playoffs. Looks like he’s on track to win you some more fantasy games Rusty… cause as we all know fantasy is what matters in this real world right? 0-3 When it matters

  2. Say what you want about Dalton but his numbers blow away all the other young “elite” qb’s that the national media love to pub as the future.

    Yep Joe they do. Right in the waiting arms of receivers.

  3. Kaz says:
    Apr 11, 2014 11:22 AM
    Say what you want about Dalton but his numbers blow away all the other young “elite” qb’s that the national media love to pub as the future.

    Yep Joe they do. Right in the waiting arms of receivers.
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    Yeah, but Russell Wilson puts better numbers and actually wins in January.

  4. Thumbs up to Dalton for recognizing a chance to get better and taking the time and effort to do something about it. Some “pros” have too much of an ego or too little motivation to do this.

  5. Andy Dalton may have his issues, but he’s still young, smart and has time to learn to play around his limitations.

    Dan Marino had an 8-18 playoff record. No, I don’t think Andy is Marino, but my point is you can’t look at an 0-3 playoff record and point the blame only at him. It’s a team sport.

  6. I don’t really think that his ‘throwing motion’ is Andy Dalton’s problem. Playing with poise, confidence, and fire, especially in the clutch, seems to be more the issue…

  7. Funny how all of the Dalton bashers on here are fans of teams that he’s beaten…and quite handedly I might add. Jealousy is sooooo ugly boys! 🙂 Don’t hate Dalton because your team sucks.

  8. “For five days, House studied Dalton’s mechanics by recording every movement he made while throwing the ball”

    He ended up with only 2 solid days of tape, as he fast-forwarded through the interceptions.

  9. People believe whatever the media says. Dalton takes a lot of hate for a guy who has never missed the playoffs and threw for 4300 yards and 33 TDs last year. He’s been poor in 3 playoff games? So what. Look at Flacco’s numbers through his first 5 playoff games and get back to me.

  10. Dalton’s problem is between the ears. Bad decision making costs his team. Zero turnovers and you win almost every game. Take a sack from time to time and throw it away when needed. Count on that good defense. That is partly a coaching issue too of course. I think Dalton can make all the throws. I see people complaining about his arm strength, but I don’t see it.

  11. It’s not his arm strength. He can work on that all he wants. He needs to quit staring down his receivers and learn to look off defenders!!!

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