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Dalton's first start 'wasn't a total debacle'

Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: August 13, 2011 1:19 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Andy Dalton took his first in-game snaps as an NFL quarterback on Friday night, and things did not go as well as Ryan and I predicted they might in our recent AFC North preview.

In fact, they went quite poorly -- Dalton (under)threw a terrible interception on his first pass of the night, managed to have Ndamukong Suh -- literally -- pop his helmet off, and generally looked lost despite finishing with an 11-for-15 line that produced 69 yards.

But, hey, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said it wasn't a "total debacle" for the rook!

"The game wasn’t a total debacle on his part," Gruden said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He can get better as can everyone else. The good thing is there isn’t anyone that can say 'Hey, I'm awesome.' Everybody can say they have a lot of improvement to do."

Gruden also pointed out that Cincy's offense "has a long way to go" and pointed to the early interception as the team trying "to take a shot to A.J. [Green]" only to have Suh storm up the middle and pressure Dalton.

Said pressure might have been mitigated by waiting a little while for said shot, but, hey, whatever. He's the boss. (Well, not the boss. The boss is the guy who refuses to trade Carson Palmer and try to help Dalton down the line. But you get the point.)

And it's the first preseason game for the Bengals in a shortened year, and the first start in Dalton's career. So the "everyone has lots of improvement" argument does hold some water.

However, when you start throwing around the phrase "wasn't a total debacle" it makes you kind of sound like General Custer's publicist or something.

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Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:53 pm

Dalton's first start 'wasn't a total debacle'

this was a poorly writen article. It took me a while to figure out what he was trying to say. Its sure as well not journalism 101!

Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:34 pm

Dalton's first start 'wasn't a total debacle'

more brown family propaganda.
it was a toal debacle!!!!!

the bengals will never win a chamionship under mike brown.
they say the apple never falls,far from the tree.
well in this case, t rolled down the hill in the river and out to sea.     

Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:18 pm

Dalton's first start 'wasn't a total debacle'

Not a total debacle, but close. The Bengals not only shown how far they have fallen but also far Detroit has risen. This game wasnt even as close as the score shows. Detroit looked good with all of their quarterbacks, but when Stafford was in they looked unstoppable! Its preseason but they showed exactley what the people around the organization thought they would see. And today, that was total dominance of a bad team. Plus they brought a boy named Suh !

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:58 am

Dalton's first start 'wasn't a total debacle'

Another brutal year in Cincinnati on the horizon.  Must be nice to be Pittsburgh and Baltimore with 4 automatic wins a year vs. the Bengals and Browns.

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