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Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?

Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 6:55 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The peak of NFL disinformation -- the week before the NFL Draft -- is about to get into full swing, but it's gotten a pretty good start already, what with the silly "Ryan Mallett can't NOT party when he's in Charlotte for a single night to meet with Carolina" rumors.

But a rumor surrounding Andy Dalton might be even more ridiculous than the Mallett business -- according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, there's at least one coach on one team in the NFL who's concerned about Dalton because -- wait for it -- he has red hair.

"Has there ever been a red-headed quarterback in the NFL who's really done well?" a coach asked one reporter last week, according to King. "It sounds idiotic, but is there any way that could be a factor? We've wondered."

King's article is about the "inexact science of choosing a quarterback" in the NFL Draft and it's spot on, because, well, it's 2011 and teams are still absolutely whiffing on early-round signal callers, despite hours of tape and piles of personnel reports.

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But someone's worried about Dalton because he's -- and apologies if this offends anyone -- a ginger? Come on.

Should people be concerned about whether or not success at TCU translates to success at the NFL level? Sure, why not (Ben Roethlisberger would like a word, however). Should be prospective teams worry about his arm strength? Definitely. You want a strong-armed quarterback.

Is there a possible issue with the fact that Dalton's coming from a spread offense? Well, yeah, but you could ask the same question about Blaine Gabbert.

Dalton's also the all-time leader in victories by a TCU quarterback, after passing Sammy Baugh (!) in his senior year. He also threw for 10,314 yards in four years at TCU, threw just 30 interceptions and completed almost 62 percent of his passes over his four-year career. 

Despite all that, he deserves scrutiny, for sure, because some team could invest a lot of time and money in his services. But even Eric Cartman would agree that worrying about whether or not his hair color might cause him to be a failure at the professional level is a bit over the top.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:28 am

Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?

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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:17 pm

Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?

His hair color? That's where we're at? Wow. I wonder if the same coaches and general managers that pour over every inch of a prospect received the same scrutiny when they applied for their jobs. Since I already know the answer is no, I further wonder how they would like it if they did. Doubting Dalton over the color of his hair might very well be the stupidest thing I've ever heard. I hope someone gets canned over that, but it won't happen.
And here's what really gets to me: if they privately question a player of the color of his hair, is there any doubt they privately question a player over the color of his skin? Or his religion? Or his ethnicity? Of course there isn't. That coach should be ashamed of himself, not only for his staggering (and admitted) lack of intelligence, but also for his wretched lack of morals.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:49 am

Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?


Since: Jan 14, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:10 pm

Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?

Jeff Garcia was a good QB with red hair.  Better question is, has there been a QB from Missouri in the last 40 years who has made it in the NF?L-sorry Gabbert!

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:40 pm

Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?

Where is Eric Cartman when you need him?

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:12 pm

Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?



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  • Since: Aug 9, 2009
    Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:21 am

    Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?

    This is the dumbest article i have ever read! I actually feel dumber having read this and i didn't think it was possible after watching Cam Newton on Jon Grudens espn special on the QB rookies last night... But if u really want to break down hair color look at pic of Brett Farve in college of early in his career. He looks like he has alot of ginger in him. Even now he has a red and grey beard! Cant believe I took 5 minutes to even comment on this. lmao

    Since: Aug 7, 2008
    Posted on: April 21, 2011 10:36 pm

    Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?

    I understand how the coach feels. For the longest time I have been saying that a QB's name is a great indicator of his success in the NFL. When you say the QB's name does it roll off the tongue? Can the name be used creatively by the media or will it be just another cliche? Is the name unique? Is the name too unique? Can the name be shortened? Can the name be lengthened? Can fans embrace naming their sons or daughters after this QB. At first you might think these questions are stupid to consider, but after some careful thinking you too will see that a QB's name really does determine their success in the NFL. 
    I really do not agree with the coach who said that hair color is an indicator of success because there have been great red-headed athletes in other sports. Perhaps, he was not a fan of Opie growing up. 

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