As usually is the case, Andy Dalton is far more poised and under control than his critics. While they react to every missed pass this past weekend, he takes sighs a breath of relief knowing just how to improve moving forward. As the critics use the non football months as an opportunity to bash Dalton's arm strength, Dalton obliviously airs it out for a long completion, unaware that he isn't supposed to be good at that.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the
latest example of this critic-Dalton dynamic:
For those who attended Saturday and Sunday's practices, the passing game's struggles during both sessions did spark some concerns.
One person who is not fazed, three practices into camp is quarterback Andy Dalton.
"It hasn't been perfect but that's what camp is for, trying to find the mistakes and correct them," Dalton said.
Dalton undoubtedly has his flaws, and per reports, he has not looked stellar in training camp thus far. But what gets lost in the uproar over the negatives is Dalton's tremendous success and upside, especially in relation to his top receiver. Reedy, talking about Dalton's inconsistencies, mentioned that there was however one person who was on the same page as Andy: A.J. Green. If there can be only one person to match up with, A.J. is the one.
Camp has only just begun and the seasons a long way off. Fans and critics will worry, but maybe we should take a hint from Dalton and just relax. For now.