Bill Lazor wants to push Andy Dalton past his limitations

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The Bengals finished last in the league in offensive yards and 26th in points scored during the 2017 season and those numbers make it clear that offensive improvement is one of the things needed for Cincinnati to make a move back into playoff contention next season.

There are plenty of things that need to happen for that to take place, including better play from the offensive line, but Andy Dalton is going to be in the spotlight as long as the NFL is a quarterback-driven league. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who took over from Ken Zampese after two games, outlined how he hopes to get more out of Dalton when he spoke to the media on Wednesday.

Dalton had his lowest completion percentage since his rookie season and dropped off from the last two seasons in many respects. Lazor said that he wants to make Dalton “uncomfortable” in practice in order to see better results.

“It’s how do you coach players?” Lazor said, via the team’s website. “You have to push him past his limitations. If you’re always practicing what he does well, then Andy will continue to be what he is.  If I put him in tough situations [in practice], he can test his limits and grow as a player. I’ll be able to push him and I expect him to be up to the challenge.”

Dalton is seven seasons into his NFL career and it may be asking too much to see him take a leap over what he’s done to this point. Getting him back to where he was in 2015 probably isn’t asking too much, however, and doing so would make life easier for everyone on the Bengals offense in 2018.

13 responses to “Bill Lazor wants to push Andy Dalton past his limitations

  1. Doesn’t sound to far fetched but you need to focus on putting together a competent o-line. Daltons struggles this year are pretty much all due to that horrendous excuse of a line.

  2. 1) The o-line is TERRIBLE (6th most sacks in nfl)

    2) The o-line is TERRIBLE (31st ranked TEAM rushing)

    3) A.J. Green is the only competent receiving option

  3. cincy85 says:
    January 4, 2018 at 3:19 pm
    Doesn’t sound to far fetched but you need to focus on putting together a competent o-line. Daltons struggles this year are pretty much all due to that horrendous excuse of a line.
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    Absolutely. Dalton was in the MVP conversation in 2015 until he got injured. After that season his #2 and 3 WRs left, and a year later his top two linemen left. The end result in 2017 was an all-around bad offense (OL play, terrible running game, and a passing game that wasn’t consistent).

    While its up to the QB to elevate the guys around him, he needs some better pieces to the puzzle, especially in the form of a line that can buy him enough time to throw the ball.

  4. What Lazor said is true, I coached my son for years and he was a Great player, then he got a coach that made him do things he didn’t like, and he became and even better player.

  5. The ship has sailed on Andy, Bill. He’s Bengalized and there’s no place to go but down from there.

  6. As long as he’s not throwing the ball away 15 yards out of bounds on a crucial 4th down attempt, I’ll consider it improvement. If I cared about the bengals anymore i would have broken my television on that play.

  7. The deep sideline pass needs improvement. He threw it out of bounds or made it near impossible for the receiver (usually AJ Green) to catch in-bounds.

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