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  1.   Andy’s ARM is the issue   - The problem isn’t that Andy can’t win the majority of his games … he’s 40-23 as a starter and has gone to the playoffs every year as a pro. I have no doubt that if Andy is the QB next season that the team can go 10-6 and make the playoffs again. Andy is good enough to beat the bad teams and in today’s NFL that usually means you can get the wildcard spot at a minimum.   - The problem isn’t that Andy is an asshole. I have heard of him referred to as “the nicest guy in the NFL”. He’s not a jackass, I’m sure he’s a great teammate, and I’m sure that guys on the team like him. He seems like a decent human being, and Marvin trusts him. That’s great. He has an attractive wife, a cute baby, and endearing ginger hair. That’s all fine. But when it’s 3rd and 14 that good personality doesn’t complete an out route across the field.   - The problem isn’t Andy’s legs. He’s actually quite mobile and can run for a first down when he sees an opening. He even showed a few times that he can do the option or read zone in pistol formation.   * - The problem is ANDY’s ARM.   … While yes he possesses above average accuracy in the short yardage passes, he is willfully lacking when it comes to arm strength and the ability to put zip on the ball and throw it downfield. As I watched Andrew Luck throw passes today it dawned on me … “So that’s what an NFL pass is supposed to look like!” I had actually forgotten what an NFL QB throw was supposed to consistently look like and forgot how hard a CB’s job really is, because when Andy drops back he simply is not a threat to complete any of those long lazer like passes. Andy’s passes float, they wobble, they wiggle in the air, and they are usually too high or under thrown. Rarely do you see him throw a “fast ball” and there is a reason that coaches don’t have him throw the deep ball very often. Even on the times when he completes a long pass to AJ down the field, it is usually underthrown and AJ has to slow down for it, or the ball floats in the air and is only a TD because of an acrobatic AJ adjustment. Passing yards are not a good barometer of arm talent because if Andy dumps off a 2 yd screen that Gio takes for 70 yards, Andy gets credit for all 70 yards ... the same as if he threw a 65 yd bomb down the field. I'd love to see a computation of Andy's yards before the catch, it HAS to be the lowest of nearly every starter in the NFL.   Now having an inadequate arm can be covered up for in some circumstances with a dominant defense and good running game and a ball control west coast offense, but the Bengals don’t have that and Andy’s arm is now a serious liability against good teams. No CB’s in the NFL fear an Andy Dalton long pass. This puts a heavy burden on the offense as nearly all defenders are within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. The fact that the Bengals ran as well as they did this season is a testament to the OL, and their best runs today came when they brought in 7 OL – and at least matched size for size and didn't even pretend to pass. The reason though that the team has so many 2 yard runs and stuffs is because they usually come on first down, when the defense knows that Andy will not be able to throw it deep and the offense is in a normal pro set giving the false appearance of a pass (that the defense calls their bluff on by rushing the box).   I feel that Andy’s contract and his position on the team are because of his intangibles and the fact he's kept Marvin and Co. employed all this time with playoff appearances … plus he’s a nice guy, he’s a leader in the locker room, teammates like him, Marvin trusts him, etc. He also is a serviceable QB who can beat the bad squads and get you  to the playoffs every year. But his ARM then fails him and the team against a good defense because he CAN NOT complete many of the throws that an NFL QB needs to be able to make DOWN the field. It's not that he flops in the "big primetime / playoff games", it's that his arm is a liability against MOST good teams!   Going forward something needs to be done. I’m not sure if his arm can be made much stronger … and if that is the case then I feel a replacement is necessary. I have been one of his defenders and wanted the team to draft him because he was a "winner" ... but winning 2/3 of your regular season games was great for a franchise emerging from the 'dark decade', but it's not cutting it any more.
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