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Dalton's first start 'wasn't a total debacle'

Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: August 13, 2011 1:19 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Andy Dalton took his first in-game snaps as an NFL quarterback on Friday night, and things did not go as well as Ryan and I predicted they might in our recent AFC North preview.

In fact, they went quite poorly -- Dalton (under)threw a terrible interception on his first pass of the night, managed to have Ndamukong Suh -- literally -- pop his helmet off, and generally looked lost despite finishing with an 11-for-15 line that produced 69 yards.

But, hey, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said it wasn't a "total debacle" for the rook!

"The game wasn’t a total debacle on his part," Gruden said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He can get better as can everyone else. The good thing is there isn’t anyone that can say 'Hey, I'm awesome.' Everybody can say they have a lot of improvement to do."

Gruden also pointed out that Cincy's offense "has a long way to go" and pointed to the early interception as the team trying "to take a shot to A.J. [Green]" only to have Suh storm up the middle and pressure Dalton.

Said pressure might have been mitigated by waiting a little while for said shot, but, hey, whatever. He's the boss. (Well, not the boss. The boss is the guy who refuses to trade Carson Palmer and try to help Dalton down the line. But you get the point.)

And it's the first preseason game for the Bengals in a shortened year, and the first start in Dalton's career. So the "everyone has lots of improvement" argument does hold some water.

However, when you start throwing around the phrase "wasn't a total debacle" it makes you kind of sound like General Custer's publicist or something.

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There's basically one guy writing for this site that has a real grasp on what's funny.  Larry Dubrow.  After that, there's not a close second.  Unfortunately, there are a handful of wanna be smart asses who write pro football columns who fall miserably short.  I will say, however, that maybe it's a poor formula on the part of CBS Sports.  That is, bring in a few guys that no one has heard of, and ask each of them to try to be the biggest smart ass.  Bad idea.  On top of that, it has apparently been mandated that they refer to each other in all columns as if they are having a private conversation.  For example, "...and things did not go as well as Ryan and I ."  I can only guess that "Ryan" is one such anonymous colleague.  Rather than fully attributing a quote or thought, each of these new guys likes to refer one another by first name only, and to more senior writers by last name only (eg. Doyel, Freeman).  In any event, I find this style grating.  I sort of wish that someone at CBS Sports with the power to make simple directional decisions and with a cranium that is not filled with excrement might enforce some basic standards.  I have to say, I usually do enjoy Greg Doyel's columns, and I enjoy his smart ass, in your face style.  That said, not everyone should attempt to emulate him. 



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