Will the Bengals reduce QB Andy Dalton's passing attempts by 30 percent?


Will the Bengals reduce QB Andy Dalton's passing attempts by 30 percent?

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website thinks that would be the sensible thing to do if the Bengals want to finally advance past the first round of the playoffs.
"Everyone says it's a passing league until Jan. 1. Then everyone wonders why you can't win in the playoffs. RUN THE BALL!," Hobson wrote Tuesday. "Yeah, [the Bengals are] terribly inconsistent running the ball, but that's because it's been an afterthought instead of a staple.
"New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is committed to changing it, and I think he's also committed to taking the load off Andy Dalton @andydalton14. A big adjustment that he has to make is cutting his pass attempts from 586 to closer to Russell Wilson @DangeRussWilson's number of 407."

Fantasy Analysis:

That's a drop of about 30 percent, and that sounds extreme. Wilson had the fewest attempts of any quarterback who played a full season. Mike Glennon and Robert Griffin III @RGIII threw more passes despite playing in three fewer games. Of course, Wilson had the luxury of playing in support of the league's best defenses, which meant the Seahawks didn't need him to throw often. The Bengals' defense is good, but it's not quite that good.
Dalton's 586 attempts ranked seventh in the league. While that number is destined to come down this season, I project that Dalton will still throw about 500 passes. Regardless, this is further confirmation of what we already knew: Hue Jackson is going to run the ball as often as he can. That'll hurt Dalton's fantasy value -- and A.J. Green @ajgreen_18's to a lesser extent -- but owners of Giovani Bernard @G_Bernard25 must be licking their chops. He's an RB1 with a bullet.

Geoff Hobson via the Cincinnati Bengals' Official Website

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