“As a football team we would like to continue to keep our good, young players,” Lewis said. “The representatives from his side and our team will get together and try to discuss something. We feel good about what Andy has done the past three seasons and we have to continue to help him to continue to play better.”
Lewis remains staunchy behind Dalton despite the quarterback's playoff failures.
"I like what Andy brings to the table for us," Jackson told the team's website. "Andy can do it all. I haven’t seen anything he can’t do. He ran with the ball last year. Obviously he threw it all over the yard, and obviously he ran our football team.
"At the end of the day, those are the characteristics we’re looking for in a quarterback for our football team as well as our organization."
Dalton capped his finest regular season by throwing six interceptions in Week 17 and the playoff loss combined.
Former Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo made a key criticism of
"Top character and work habits. Is book smart, with average football IQ," Angelo wrote about Dalton. "He's in his comfort level when everything around him is working. He struggles when it's all on him. His accuracy isn't as sharp as his ability to read coverage. Part of his problem is he was over used. Too many attempts for a pedestrian QB. You can like him, but can't love him."
Dalton had his best season statistically in 2013, throwing for 4,293 yards and 33 touchdowns with 20 interceptions. But he faltered in the playoffs for the third year in a row and ultimately threw six interceptions in Week 17 and the playoff game combined.
With the promotion of Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, the official team website surmises that
According to the site, "less is more" with Jackson. That suggests he'll ask for Dalton to throw around 25 times per game, something that worked out nicely for the world champion Seahawks in 2013. That's a big drop for Dalton, who averaged 36.6 pass attempts per game in 2013 including six games with 40-plus attempts. The
The team might also add some over-the-middle throws to Dalton's arsenal as the previous playcaller asked Dalton to throw outside more often.
Dalton has one year left on his four-year rookie deal.
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