Friday, August 5, 2011

Andy Dalton: Sink or Swim

I meant to take a few days off from posting about the various former Frogs in pro camps and do a larger-scale update on Monday, but that story about Kerley was way too good to wait on...and besides, it's never a bad thing for potential future Frogs to read about the guys who have played here that are now making millions in the NFL- right?

Now CNNSI has a feature story about Andy Dalton on their front page, written by Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Be warned, though: Daugherty does not seem very enthusiastic about the prospect of his hometown franchise putting a rookie QB out there "to get
killed," and "get eaten alive" as former Bengal QB Norman Esiason (yeah, I went there) puts it.


It's certainly easy to understand their aprehension- after all, these are still the BUNGALS. But after having witnessed two of my own sad-sack "hometown" teams (Rangers and Mavs...and I was born here, smartasses) finally taste success and Dalton's magic over the past four years, I can buy some of the optimism about #14's future being touted by Cincinnati OC Jay Gruden and QBs coach Ken Zampese. I guess we'll have to wait and see, but I do know this: I'll be watching more of the Bengals than any other NFL team without stars on their helmets.

4 comments:

LA Frog said...

Was Boomer stupid coming out of college? His quotes (and his center) seem to suggest this. All the articles on Dalton at cmap say he's smart; he's already learned the playbook; he's fixing other players formations screw-ups. It's true that if Cinncy's O line is bad AD will have some problems, but he is smart and a good QB, so CInncy's record should improve.

VikingFrog said...

I don't think any pessimism has anything to do with Dalton's talent. I think it has to do with such a short offseason and getting thrown into the pro game.

As a Vikings fan, I'm not a huge fan of the McNabb thing (I'm always up to change that opinion if he pans out), but I was happy we didn't throw our rookie into the fire and watch him get blown up as the enormous D linemen blast through our suspect O-Line.

Andy is just kind of in a bad situation here with the short offseason. Obviously I wish him the best, I would just hate to see him get hurt because as of right now it's looking like Andy is #1 on the roster.

shortnkerley's said...

What happens if the Bengals have to worst record in the league? They can't pass on Andrew Luck, can they? Let's hope that doesn't happen...

shortnkerley's said...

Also, Andy is wearing long sleeves. I want to go where he is...