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.
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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