Andy Dalton is just as frustrated as Bengals fans are about his lack of postseason success, if not more so.
That's why Dalton is putting even more effort in this offseason to improve his throwing mechanics. Per Bengals.com, Dalton is spending more time with QB guru Tom House this offseason than he has in his previous four offseasons.
Dalton has already gotten two weeks of work with House in the books before offseason team activities even begin as he looks to take his game to the next level in 2015.
And he plans to go back in July before training camp starts, giving him three weeks of intensive work under House as opposed to the one of last year.
"It not all that different, but it’s a little more in-depth," Dalton said. "I’ve got a good understanding of what they’re trying to do and they have a good understanding of me. It’s like with anything. The more you know, the more you can do. I’m not at the beginning stages of this thing; I’m in the middle of it. So I can do more and more. It is more advanced.
"I’ve really dedicated myself to what we’re doing here. I think that’s why I’m a step ahead where I was last year…I feel like this is the best I’ve thrown it. That’s a big reason for it. I’m ready to get back and show everybody what I’ve been doing."
Dalton may have decided on his own to put the extra work in, or maybe some added motivation from offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is lighting a fire under Dalton. Either way, Hue is pleased with what he's seen from his signal caller.
"He drives the engine, so he is doing the most. At the end of the day, the quarterback has to do the most and that’s what he’s doing," Jackson said. "He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do. He’s put in the time. I truly believe he’ll be rewarded for it and what I’m talking about is performance. I think he’ll attain his goals and aspirations.
"No one is going to work harder than him. I think he knows it starts with him. I think he’s doing everything he can do to prepare himself."
Like him or hate him, you have to respect Dalton's drive to keep getting better, even after he got the kind of contract players dream of getting. By the end of the 2015 season, Dalton will have made at least $30 million of his $96-million deal, yet he's still working like he's playing under his rookie deal.
Let's just hope he has a healthy Marvin Jones, A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert this year so we can see just how much Dalton has really improved. Dalton showed signs of improvement early last season, but his play fell off as Bengals playmakers started dropping like flies.
It's no secret that Dalton needs a strong supporting cast to succeed, but he's still committed to maximizing his own game. This could be a special year for Dalton and the Bengals' offense if the injury bug doesn't bite hard again.