Friday, February 3, 2012
Dalton wants more responsibility in 2012
By Jamison Hensley
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bengals' Andy Dalton exceeded expectations in 2011 when he was the AFC's top rookie quarterback. A second-round pick last year, Dalton became the only rookie in NFL history to throw for 20 or more touchdown passes while winning eight or more games as a starting quarterback.
Dalton, though, isn't just seeking improved numbers. He is looking for more responsibility in his second season.
"Going into next year, they're going to put more on me and that's what I want," said Dalton, who was at the Super Bowl to promote the Panini Pop Warner Bowl.
Dalton only has to look at two other quarterbacks in the division to gauge his progression for next season. The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger and the Ravens' Joe Flacco both improved their passing yards by at least 10 per game. Roethlisberger's interceptions went down from 11 to 9, and Flacco's touchdowns went up from 14 to 21.
But, unlike Roethlisberger and Flacco, Dalton didn't have a full offseason in his rookie season because of the lockout. Now, Dalton will have time to work with offensive coordinator Jay Gruden before training camp begins.
"We were going into a new system so everyone had to learn," Dalton said of the challenges from last season. "For the rookies, we didn't know anything different. It'll be nice to know the schedule this year."