Ever since the Bengals were bounced out of the playoffs the rumor mill started turning faster than ever, people wanted Andy Dalton traded, released, even wanted him to threaten to retire if he wasn't traded. The play of Andy Dalton though out the season seemed to range from really really good or really really bad, but his play in the playoffs set an entirely new tone to the term" Playoff Andy". Aside from the two interceptions, not even mentioning the costly fumble, his overall play is what had people steaming at the ears. Now for the million dollar question. Can Andy Dalton be fixed?
With Jay Gruden now the head coach of the Washington Redskins, The Bengals decided to promote within and bring up Hue Jackson to become the new offensive coordinator. One of the first things Hue Jackson said in his press conference was that he" was going to push Andy Dalton", by push he means control. The number one question everyone asked when Jay Gruden was calling the shots was "why is Andy Dalton throwing the ball 35-40 times a game and 586 times in a season?" (586 passing attempts makes him tied 50th all-time according to Pro Football-Focus) Well, that question was never answered, but this is an area that Hue will change. Having a heavy run game limits the reps for Dalton, this is how Hue will control him. Hue's last two years in Oakland contained an offense with a heavy running game which allowed Jason Campbell to excel and turned him into a capable quarterback. That's all we need from Dalton is "capable", we don't need him to win the games we just cant have him lose them.
Lastly, The main benefit of Hue Jackson's offense is it will slow the game down for Dalton, with a run first type offense Dalton wont have the pressure of seeing a blitz every play because the defense will have to respect the run and screens. A lot a play action and short crossing patterns where Dalton wont have to try and go through three or four progressions to find an open guy will be perfect for him. He either throws to an open A.J Green crossing the middle or dump it to a running back, seems simple right? We'll see, but only time will tell if the changes will be positive or not.