Andy Dalton- Rookie Of the year campaign

Many around the NFL are ogling over the year that Cam Newton has had. Cam Newton had come into the 2011 draft surrounded by so much controversy, though ended up being selected first overall by the struggling Carolina Panthers who just one earlier had drafted Jimmy Clausen. Three other QB’S would go off the board before the man we are about to talk about. Jake Locker would be the next QB, following would be Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and then Andy Dalton. Andy Dalton would be selected by the Cincinnati Bengal’s in the second round (35 overall) Andy Dalton would be going to what most assumed as a franchise on the decline, more questions then answers. Carson Palmer had all but retired from the team, two of their top Wide Receiver’s had been traded and or not coming back, their top running back was not under contract and Marvin Lewis had been given the lame duck 1 year contract offer. On the flipside of this, Cam Newton would be going to a team with a rookie head coach trying to dig it’s franchise out of the graveyard, to build the fanbase back up once again. The season began with a bang, Cam Newton had seemed worthy of the number one overall pick, Andy Dalton would get the starting nod and seemed to hold his own against the struggling Browns as well. Wait, Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengal’s were not favored to win this game, in fact punchlines were already in the works on white notecards. Not only did the Cincinnati Bengal’s win this game but Andy Dalton would toss two TD’S and pass for over 200 yards. The Cincinnati Bengal’s and it’s fanbase riding a high would go on to face the Denver Broncos. Cincinnati would lose this game but Andy Dalton would go on to pass for 332 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The production would be coming from a quarterback who’s arm strength was in question, his ability to have zing on a ball, to make the throws that are needed in the NFL to be successful. Andy Dalton would have none of this talk. To date, Andy Dalton has thrown for 1,696 yards, 12 TD’S and 7 INT’S, these are not rookie numbers. Andy Dalton is playing at a level deserving of rookie of the year. Andy Dalton had been selected in the second round yet playing better then that of Blaine Gabbert and debateably Cam Newton. Andy Dalton has taken an organization with little to no hope and produced wins. NFL analysis were clamoring for the Cincinnati Bengal’s to go after a seasoned vet and have Andy Dalton sit and learn for awhile, when your Vet QB quits on the team, you unfortunately do not get that luxury. Andy Dalton has not just put up the numbers deserving of rookie of the year, he’s helped put the Cincinnati Bengal’s right in the thick of the AFC playoff picture, in fact, if the season were to end today Cincinnati would have the first seed in the AFC playoffs. Andy Dalton didn’t come into the NFL with fanfare, the only attention Dalton would receive would be tied to Cincinnati and it’s faltering franchise that Dalton would be unlucky enough to end up with, or so we thought. Cam Newton himself has said that what is most important is wins, Andy Dalton has the wins and the numbers deservig of rookie of the year. The question that should be asked is, are you willing to give rookie of the year to a QB who has only been able to muster two wins for his team? Carolina much like Cincinnati had been pegged to falter early on. The difference? Cicinnati has exceeded expectations for it’s struggling franchise with the help of two rookies in A.J Green and young signal caller Andy Dalton. When you take every aspect of what it means to play in the NFL, numbers, wins and leadership, there is no question that Cam Newton comes in as a very very close second to Andy Dalton. There is no logical reason that Dalton shouldn’t win rookie of the year. Cam Newton has had a great year in living up to his first overall draft status, Dalton ? The guy has surpassed that of what most first rounders before him had been capable of doing, this includes a string of 5 straight wins.

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