Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton Responds To Arm Strength Criticism

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 02: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 23-20. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

NFL Films Producer Greg Cosell joined a PodCast at Yahoo! Sports and at some point, spoke on Andy Dalton's arm strength. He said:

"I think there’s a sense right now, for a lot of people, that Dalton’s on his way toward being a great quarterback," NFL Films producer Greg Cosell told Yahoo! Sports. "I can tell you that those in the Bengals’ organization have a few doubts as to what his true upside is. Because at the end of the day, while I think Dalton is a good player, I think — not I think, I know — that he’s got some arm strength limitations.

"And there’s some things that they’re not comfortable doing with him."

Not to mention that Pro Football Talk's headline appeared to be somewhat inflammatory in nature, it's hard to dispute what Dalton has done through 17 career games (including the playoff game).

Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden responded to the criticism Monday night:

"I don’t know where that came from and why he (Cosell) said it. If there were reservations about Andy Dalton there would be a lot more quarterbacks here right now. We know and he knows he has to get better and he is chomping at the bit to get going. I have no reservations about his arm strength. I think he can do it all. He might not run 4.3 in the 40 or be 6-6 but to play the position and what we need to do he can do everything we want.

"If you can throw it 62-63 yards that is pretty strong. He does have a long way to go to get better. We’re not putting his jersey or shoes in Canton right now but we have every reason to believe he will continue to improve."

Following Tuesday's OTA, Dalton was asked about it and responded:

"I'm comfortable with it. Everyone knows what they are going to get out of me. 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 is one thing, there's a lot to throwing. 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."

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