Andy Dalton redshirted his true freshman year, then went 8-4 as a starter as a redshirt freshman. He got better and better going 42-7 as a 4 year starter. His career culminated with a 13-0 season including a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. The bigger the game, the better he played as a senior completing over 70% of his passes vs. Top 25 opponents. At TCU, he practiced vs. Gary Patterson's defensive pressure packages every day. Patterson has as good a defensive mind as any coach I have been around at any level. Dalton was schooled on making quick reads and decisions and getting the ball out of his hand quickly. It was 1-2-3 out. His problem the first couple of preseason games was being too quick getting the ball out. He had to let things develop just a beat longer. Very easily correctible. Particularly if your OL gives you better time and space in the pocket so you can step up, slide step, whatever is necessary. He saw the field and distributed the ball well Friday night. His 11 completions went to 6 different receivers. His QB rating was a very solid 107.5. He recognized 0 coverage pressures pre-snap, realizing he had single coverage on the perimeter and went to AJ Green successfully. When you compare how NFL ready he looked to how non NFL ready Cam Newton looked it was startling. Cam never was in a huddle or called a play at Auburn. It was all flashcards from the sideline. Remember with Jon Gruden he couldn't call a play run at Auburn. Cam was confused by what he saw in the secondary and it was pretty standard blitzes when the Bengals did pressure. Andy Dalton may be the most prepared QB to start as an NFL rookie because of the 49 starts he had at TCU and the culture of preparation in which he was schooled. Who is the better athlete...Cam Newton or Andy Dalton? No contest, Cam hands down. Who is most ready to take the first snap for his team on opening day? Andy Daton hands down.