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Walk-year QB Andy Dalton spent a week working with quarterback guru Tom House earlier this offseason.

A former MLB pitcher, House has worked with Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Carson Palmer, among others. "We tweaked a few things just to make sure all of your momentum, all your force, everything you have is going toward the target of where you're trying to throw," Dalton said. "I don't think the average person will notice it." Dalton is wise to seek any edge, but it's highly unlikely his week with House will have a perceptible effect on his 2014 play.

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New OC Hue Jackson has vowed to help Andy Dalton by placing more emphasis on the run game.

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Walk-year QB Andy Dalton confirms he's been having contract talks with the Bengals.

"There have been a couple of proposals sent over and different things," Dalton said in a Monday radio interview. "We're working. Hopefully, we can get something done. ... Obviously, everyone would like to get something done sooner rather than later." Coach Marvin Lewis has been stumping for Dalton this offseason, but the Bengals would be wise to take things slow. It's quite possible Dalton is allowed to play out the final year of his rookie contract.

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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is hopeful Andy Dalton will soon sign an extension.

"We are hopeful we can get a deal done that works and Andy can put it behind him," Lewis said Tuesday. "He can get back focusing on football." Lewis' comments come the same week owner Mike Brown referred to Dalton's contract status as a "dilemma." Despite Lewis' comments, Cincy's best play would be to let Dalton play out the final year of his rookie deal before re-evaluating his status next offseason. That appears to be Brown's intent.

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Owner Mike Brown referred to Andy Dalton's contract situation as "a dilemma for us."

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Bengals OC Hue Jackson talked up Andy Dalton at the Combine, saying he likes what Dalton "brings to the table for us."

"Andy can do it all," Jackson said. "I haven't seen anything he can't do. He ran with the ball last year. Obviously he threw it all over the yard, and obviously he ran our football team. At the end of the day, that's the characteristics that we're looking for in a quarterback for our football team as well as our organization." Jackson is expected to reduce the number of pass attempts Dalton makes in 2014, but the Bengals have been backing Dalton since his latest postseason disaster performance. Cincinnati may use a mid-round pick on a quarterback.

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The Bengals' website hints that new OC Hue Jackson will reduce Andy Dalton's pass attempts and ask him to make easier throws.

Dalton put up big stats in outgoing OC Jay Gruden's more vertical, wide-open offense. Jackson is a balanced-to-run-heavy mind, and Dalton's interception total has increased every season he's been in the league. Observes beat writer Geoff Hobson, "Jackson sounds like he is out of the less is more school and he's talking like he's not going to put as much pressure on Dalton to win games with his arm." Expect Dalton to be more of a game manager in 2014.

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New Bengals OC Hue Jackson joined coach Marvin Lewis in throwing support behind embattled quarterback Andy Dalton.

Dalton's final 2013 stats look impressive on paper, but his performance was wildly streaky and he tanked in the playoffs for a third straight year. "There's no doubt in my mind about Andy," insisted Jackson. "I think he has tremendous upside. Everyone has to play better and Andy has to continue to grow." Look for Jackson to install a run-based offense in 2014, reducing Dalton to more of a game manager's role. He'll only be a fantasy QB2.

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Marvin Lewis threw support behind embattled QB Andy Dalton.

In the wake of a third-straight Wild Card weekend loss, Dalton is under heavy fire from both fans and media. But it doesn't sound like the Bengals are going to bring in any serious competition in 2014. "He's won big games for us and he'll continue to win big games," Lewis said. "We ask a lot out of him, there's no doubt about it. He just finished his third season of doing it. I believe in his abilities." Lewis, who now has an 0-5 playoff record, is tying his own fate to Dalton's. Another first-round playoff exit and the Bengals figure to tear this thing up.

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Andy Dalton completed 29-of-51 throws for 334 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, and lost a fumble in Cincinnati's Wild Card round loss to San Diego, 27-10.

Standing in to take a big hit from closing OLB Melvin Ingram, Dalton tossed his first-ever playoff touchdown on a lofted second-quarter checkdown to Jermaine Gresham from four yards out. Dalton exhibited wildly shaky command thereafter, frequently running out of the pocket when pressured. He committed a back-breaking third-quarter turnover on a third-and-14 scramble, losing a fumble that was recovered by S Jahleel Addae. Dalton was intercepted on the very next drive by Shareece Wright, and again by Ingram early in the fourth quarter. He now has seven turnovers in three career playoff games. Although Dalton's final 2013 regular season stats look pretty on paper, he is a very limited quarterback with maddeningly streaky tendencies. He's not the answer for the Bengals long term. Marvin Lewis' career playoff record is now 0-5, and Dalton's is 0-3.