Originally Posted by Stray
For a 2nd year quarterback Dalton has been crazy good. 1 of 3 qbs to throw for 20+ tds in his first two seasons (Peyton and Marino), 2 for 2 in playoff appearances, and he has the kind of image you want from the leader of your team.
Like traderumor said, when Sanu was getting worked in Dalton looked great. There's way too much that goes into QBs success to put all of the late struggles on Dalton. There's only a few guys in the league that can make mediocre talent look great by throwing them open, so yea Dalton isn't Peyton Manning. He needs a better deep ball and I'm sure it'll be worked on a lot this offseason.
I just don't see the need to try and ultimately judge him at this point in his career. Jon Kitna this or whatever, it's way too early to tell. The thing I do know is that quarterbacks usually don't peak in their 2nd year in the league.
It's fair to point out that it's early and he's young etc..
But it's also fair to point out that as of today, he's a below average starting quarterback. That doesn't make him a loser, it doesn't mean you can't win with him. It simply means that his production last year was in the bottom half of the league. Close to the middle, but I don't think there's any doubt there are 16 QB's I'd put ahead of him.
Perhaps he'll improve. But I think it's worth questioning how much improvement you can realistically project and how likely he is to getting there.