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Big Ben thinks Andy Dalton is rookie of the year

Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:36 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 3:13 pm
Who ya got for Rookie of the Year: Dalton or Newton? (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

You probably wouldn't get much argument if Panthers quarterback Cam Newton ends up winning the 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year. Without the benefit of minicamps and OTAs, the first overall pick, with just six weeks of practice and facing intense scrutiny, has played like a veteran, pretty much from the moment he stepped on the field in Week 1. He threw for 854 yards in his first two games, and his otherwordly talents coupled with poise beyond his years made him a natural candidate for the award.

Despite the marked upgrade at quarterback, the Panthers are just a three-win outfit with five games remaining. A year ago, with overmatched rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen under center, Carolina managed to go 2-14. We bring this up not as a knock on Newton's accomplishments to date, but to point out that he's not the only quarterback in the Rookie-of-the-Year running.

Andy Dalton, the Bengals' second-round pick out of TCU and who we've taken to calling Ginger Power (nobody's asked Dalton's his thoughts on it but it has to be better than Red Rifle), has been more important to his team's success this season than Newton. Cincy began the year 6-2, and even after losses to the Steelers and Ravens in recent weeks, at 7-4 they're currently the AFC's No. 6 team. That's good for the final playoff spot.

There's more than a month to go in the regular season, including rematches against Pittsburgh and Baltimore, but given how far the Bengals have come in just a short period (they were 4-12 a year ago before dumping Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, and eventually trading Carson Palmer to the Raiders), Dalton deserves to be in the Rookie of the Year conversation.

Looking at passer ratings over the first 11 games and there's little difference between Dalton and Newton. According to Football Outsiders' QB efficiency metrics, Dalton currently ranks 10th. Newton is 18th.  Compare their numbers below.

And we're not the only folks beating that drum. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on board, too.

“The things that he does that you just see or expect from rookie quarterbacks," Big Ben said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Anticipating throws. There were a couple of throws last time we played them, and I was on the sideline and I told the story of when, but we’ve got a guy right in his face, the receiver is still running a route, he throws an out route and the guy breaks right to the ball and its perfect. Some of the things he did were really impressive. Right now I think, and I don’t know how the talk is, but he’s rookie of the year. I think he’s that good of a quarterback.”

This Sunday, Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Heinz field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Join Jason Horowitz and's Pat Kirwan as they take a look at this matchup. Watch the game on CBS at 1 PM ET.

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Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:36 pm

Big Ben thinks Andy Dalton is rookie of the year

Whoever wrote this article clearly didn't proofread. I didn't think it was possible for the Bengals to lose to the Bengals.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:35 pm

Big Ben thinks Andy Dalton is rookie of the year

Come on Big Ben  its not even close. Andy Dalton is a GAME MANAGER and he has just now begun to throw the ball down the field and make some plays recently. Cam has been doing his thing from day one and he doing his thing with a horrible defense. Dalton has a pretty solid defense behind him and Cams #'s are much better. You need to factor in the 10 rusing TD's and the rushing yds that are way ahead of Dalton and put them all in one pool. Dalton has thrown 16 TD and 12 Int and has a 81.8% QB rating and 81 rushing yds and scored 1 TD. Now lets look at Mr. Cam he has passed for 12 TD and thrown 14 Int and also has a 81.8% QB rating and he has rushed for 464 yards and have scored 10 rushing TD's and his scores are spectacular and you guys do the math and tell me what you think! Its no even close. The only reason why BIg Ben is saying Dalton is the rookie of the year is because Dalton plays on a winning team and good defense where he just has to manage the game in most games. Take him and put him on that Caronina team and they don't win no games I mean zero games. Take Cam and put him on the bengals team and they would have at least 2 more wins and they would be in 1st place no doubt in the division and Cam is a trun run away winner of the award. End of discussion and no more comments on who is the real ROOKIE of the year CAM BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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