Not many have chosen to shy away from their feelings about Andy Dalton. Dalton has been showered with praise from fans, analysts, and even fellow players. Include Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid in that list as well--even if it is somewhat based on a red-headed brotherhood. Per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, Andy Reid did not mince words at an NFL coaches media breakfast in speaking about his admiration of Dalton.
"I was a big Dalton fan coming out, mainly because he has red hair," Reid laughed. "He sure had enough throws in college to evaluate.
"He's a smart kid. He's way more mobile than people think," Reid said. "He throws great on the run , actually. He understands the drop-back game, which is the most important thing. He's got good feet, he's tough, he's got bend and arm strength."
Considering the lack of off-season and where the quarterback-less Bengals franchise was following 2010, what Andy Dalton has been able to accomplish as the leader of this football team is nothing short of remarkable. An experienced and successful coach such as Reid understands that and recognizes its significance for the Bengals moving forward saying:
"The Bengals are back," Reid said Wednesday during the NFL coaches media breakfast.
"They did a phenomenal job. I put James Urban in that group because he had the young receiver (A.J. Green)," Reid said. " I think you're going to see Jay [Gruden] as he continues this process as an eventual head coach in this league. James Urban is a future coordinator. I wasn't sure it was going to happen at our place. He had to make a move in order to grow and Marvin gave him an opportunity to do that. I think the sky's the limit for him."
High praise from Andy Reid means a lot, but wins mean more. I'm sure Dalton, Gruden, and the rest of Cincinnati feels that way too.