Created on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 Written by JOE KAY,AP Sports Writer
CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton saw A.J. Green lined up on the outside and let it fly.
In this photo taken Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws a long pass during the NFL football practice in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael E. Keating)
The Bengals aren't wasting time on fixing one of their shortcomings. They're throwing long passes during their offseason team workouts this week, trying to get the long-distance connection that was missing in their biggest games last season.
Dalton overthrew an open Green in the end zone on a long pass in the closing minutes of a 19-13 loss at Houston in the first round of the playoffs, a play that epitomized their problems. In the last five regular-season games, Green caught only two passes for more than 20 yards.
Cincinnati's passing game became overly dependent upon the underneath completions, a strategy that didn't work so well.