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April 11, 2024 21 mins

On the latest Off the Edge with Cam Jordan podcast, Cam is joined by Carolina Panthers quarterback Andy Dalton in the NFL Media podcast studio in Los Angeles. Cam and Andy dive into the 2011 draft class, sharing their perspectives on why they believe it stands as the best draft class to date. Cam then poses a thought-provoking question to Andy: if there was a hypothetical draft do-over, where does he think he'd be selected? 

The conversation then delves into Andy’s role on the Panthers as the backup quarterback to Bryce Young. Andy points to a game where he witnessed a promising sign from Bryce Young. Then, Andy discusses how many years he thinks he has left in the tank and a second-act endeavor that piques his interest. 


00:00 Start of Interview

1:49 Andy shares his off-season travels 

3:10 Andy discusses his off-season preparations 

4:02 Andy’s thoughts on the 2011 draft class 

7:01 Andy's thoughts on where he’d be selected if there was a hypothetical draft do-over

8:03 Andy discusses how the NFL has evolved over the years 

10:11 Andy talks about his role on the Panthers 

12:17 Andy points to a game where he witnessed a promising sign from Bryce Young

13:59 Andy explains how he stays prepared by playing tennis in the off-season.

15:30 Andy talks about how much longer he wants to play 

16:18 Andy talks about a second-act endeavor that piques his interest

18:21 Andy’s thoughts on wins being a quarterback stat

21:10 End of interview

*NOTE: Time codes are approximate.


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Speaker 1 (00:05):
We're here live in LA with Off the Edge with
Cam Jordan. I got, I got so much to say today.
I think that I'm just blessed to be here with
another guy from draft class twenty eleven. I'm bringing in
my guy who's a quarterback for me two seasons ago.
Andy Dalton started off in twenty eleven, drafted to Cincinnati.
Had had a phenomenal career with the Bengals. Bengals you say,

Bengals are Bingles Bangles Bengals, and then you know, comes
comes comes down to New Orleans two years ago. Was
one of the great one of my greatest teammates. Finally
getting to go on a double date with me and
my wife and then he kicks us to the curb
for the Carolina Panthers. I appreciate you tuning.

Speaker 2 (00:43):
In, tapping in, Bro, that's how we're gonna go into
this thing, and let's do it.

Speaker 1 (00:47):
You know, yeah, you know, you and your wife, me
and my wife. We sit down at whatever Greek restaurant
it was in New Orleans. After the season, I was like, huh,
we have dinner dinner buddies now.

Speaker 2 (00:57):
Talking about our big plans of how we're gonna do life. Together,
and next thing, you know, I'm no longer there.

Speaker 1 (01:02):
We're gone, like all my friends have been years.

Speaker 3 (01:05):
It just means we're old. You've been doing things the
right way, you know.

Speaker 1 (01:09):
You know for all the things that we've talked about.
You know, somewhere somewhere during that season we bought we
brought back red red rocket, red rifle. I think I
messed that up seventy five times during the season. I
was like, for whatever it was you were, you were slinging,
wheeling and dealing uh the rock, and and it came
back up for for a solid two or three weeks
like we were. We were in team meetings, we had

the Cincinnati Bengals play where you became red rifle and
red rocket, red.

Speaker 3 (01:34):
Rifle, red rifle, red rifle.

Speaker 1 (01:35):
Yeah, double R.

Speaker 2 (01:36):
Well, then there's obviously a great when you were miked
up one time, you were giving me a lot of
love on the sideline, a lot of red rifle comments.

Speaker 3 (01:44):
Uh, double r double R. I love it.

Speaker 1 (01:48):
Oh man. Did you have any any favorite travels this
off season?

Speaker 2 (01:52):
Trying to think we uh, you know, being in in
Carolina and being in Charlotte, We've we've done a couple
of little weekend trips down to like Charleston are out
to the mountains and highlands and cashiers and stuff like that.
But then we didn't Yeah, then exactly, I knew nothing
about that whole part of the country. Next thing, you know,
we're living there and we're going to the mountains, we're

going to the beach and uh jaj and I just
did just get back from the Bahamas, so that was okay,
that was a pretty good little trip.

Speaker 1 (02:19):
We go get get a little get a little little
vacation in love love that part.

Speaker 3 (02:23):
Well, we're part of the Bahamash. We were in Nasau.

Speaker 1 (02:25):
Okay, did you did you do the little was that?
Is that the one where they had the pigs the swimming.

Speaker 3 (02:31):
We did not do that.

Speaker 1 (02:32):
Okay, there's one of the zombers, but there's apparently one
in a Nassau.

Speaker 3 (02:36):
Sure, what about you, you're the one that's all over
the place.

Speaker 1 (02:39):
No, man, Look, I just uh I had to get surgery.
So that's didn't bring my travel plans. But I did
just come back from Liberia, you know, hit Ghana early on.
Love Ghana so much I doubled back for second Africa trip.
I think the next one. Uh me and me and
Nikki are going to like try and dip into Japan.

Speaker 2 (02:57):
Yeah, I think I saw something. She something happened where
they alls. Maybe mother in law couldn't couldn't come watch
the kids, and so she had to stay back.

Speaker 1 (03:06):
And you know, I was like, man, I gotta go
to Ghana by myself. Crazy. Over a thirteen years headed
into fourteen years, it's been. I mean again, it's been.
It's been a blessing. But is there a way you
prepare or how does that change over the years where
you know, when you started off at year one versus
going into year fourteen, is that preparation changed for you
at all?

Speaker 2 (03:26):
It definitely has, And I think you know, especially when
you get into the season, you obviously have seen so
much football, you know how certain teams are going to
play you, so you can spend time on little details
rather than the big picture of it all.

Speaker 1 (03:40):
And so.

Speaker 2 (03:41):
As you know, you get into your thirteen fourteen whatever
it is, and you're not having to think as much.
You're just able to react and play and know what's coming.

Speaker 3 (03:51):
And so.

Speaker 2 (03:52):
The preparation from an end season standpoint, and then offseason,
you know, everybody's got the got their different way of
doing things. But I feel like I've got a good
routine of everything that I do.

Speaker 1 (04:02):
Having us here, let's just talk about it. I talked
with Roman and Peanut Tillman earlier and they, you know,
they challenged me on our draft class, and.

Speaker 3 (04:10):
You know, I was like, what did they challenge you with?

Speaker 1 (04:12):
I don't know. Our draft class is the greatest ever.
I just I was like, it's the best, We're the best.

Speaker 3 (04:17):
Just look at the first round.

Speaker 1 (04:18):
Which which is crazy because we can bring up second, third, fourth,
But it seems like every draft class is is sort
of heavily regarded by their first class. Right, They're just like,
all right, the first class. You look at the first
round and you're gonna be like, all right, that's your
draft class, which is crazy because there was guys like you.
There was guys like justin Houston, there's Richard Sherman. But
just look at the first round. I don't know, out

of what thirty two pigs there had been, I'm looking
at what fifteen Pro bowlers? It's crazy hard to miss.

Speaker 3 (04:47):
It's crazy hard to miss.

Speaker 1 (04:49):
The significant progress on how to draft the draft class?

Speaker 3 (04:53):
Yeah, what and Pro bowlers?

Speaker 2 (04:54):
And there there's gonna be arguably a lot of Hall
of famers in that right too.

Speaker 1 (04:59):
That's what I'm just so.

Speaker 2 (05:01):
I mean again, I guess if you say best draft
class ever, it's that's subjective. Everybody's got an opinion, but everybody,
I mean, there's there's I think the numbers aren't gonna lie.

Speaker 1 (05:12):
On this one. That's what I'm saying. You should just
trust trust the numbers. That happened. You know, there was
Cam Newton number one. Uh, then we go Von Miller,
Marcel Darius. Then it gets even better, aj Aj You
guys came together. That's a hell of a draft class.
You drafted Andy Dalton and AJ Green and put them together.
So that's a great connection. Uh. Then from there you

know Patrick Peterson, Julio Jones, Alden Smith, and then you
know the quarterbacks of the first round. After that it
was J Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Okay, fine,
uh but then you have Tyrone Smith, J. J. Watt,
Nick Fairley. Nick Fairley was a dog for something, you know,
Robert Quinn.

Speaker 3 (05:53):
There's a lot of hundred guys in this j Yeah, J. J.

Speaker 1 (05:57):
Watt, Robert Quinn, myself, Ryan Kerrigan stopped at like what
nine nineties, ninety four and a half. I'm like, come on,
just get two hundred. Finish it. But you know there
was there's a tackle Nate Solder, what a couple of
championships with ye with the Patriots. You know we had
I know you weren't there. We had Prince of Mukamira.

Speaker 3 (06:16):
Yeah, come to the come to the Saint.

Speaker 2 (06:17):
I was not there, but I've been around Prince Prince
the great guy.

Speaker 1 (06:21):
Great guy. But just talk about that first draft like
there was, there was excellence, and then we're still in
the top twenty. Then there was you know, me at
twenty four, mark Ingram twenty eight, Mohammad Wilgerson that you know,
was that twenty thirty and then Cam Hayward Pro Bowlers.

Speaker 3 (06:35):
Yeah, this provo is all over. That all over that
drafts all.

Speaker 1 (06:38):
Over And then you talk about again, second, third, fourth
round guys like you again justin Houston, Richard Sherman. There
was guys that were just making names for themselves from
our draft class. I'm I'm just going to continue and
stay we're the best draft cleft to ever.

Speaker 2 (06:50):
In the amount of times that we talked about this
when we were teammates a couple of years ago twenty
eleven best draft class, Boom dam.

Speaker 1 (06:58):
I'm just gonna keep saying it. I'm hope that everybody
hears me. So I'm just gonna do like if you
if there was a hypothetical draft, do over right, give
me your accomplishments and your performances. Do you slide into
that first round? Where do you think you'd be selected?

Speaker 2 (07:12):
I mean I would think that I would be the
second quarterback taken. I think Cam still goes number one overall.
I mean just I mean, look what he was able
to do and in his time and when he was
at the height of his career, I mean, he was
one of the most one of the more exciting players
in the league for sure, And so I would assume
that I would probably be the second quarterback taken.

Speaker 1 (07:33):
But you take Blaina, Blaine Gabbert or no Jake Locker
at Tennessee.

Speaker 2 (07:39):
So but I'm not mad about what happened.

Speaker 1 (07:42):
Absolutely not.

Speaker 2 (07:42):
If I could go in the second round instead of
the first round and have aj Green go in the
first round and that be my guy all day, I'm
taking where I went.

Speaker 1 (07:51):
Yeahere do you go like a seven thousand yard seasons
in a row eight thousand something crazy something ridiculous crazy.
You're out there just red rifling that thing, just wheeling
and dealing. What do you think is the most significant
change that's happened in this you know, games evolution from
when you started, when we used to mall quarterbacks and

I have to worry about, you know, the rules implied
to where we are at now now we're all wearing
Jimmy's at practice.

Speaker 2 (08:21):
Well, I think the style of play has also changed
because it was a very much run first league when
we first came in the league. And now obviously it's
all about the past game, all about the quarterback, all
about trying to score.

Speaker 3 (08:38):
Points and all that kind of stuff.

Speaker 1 (08:39):
And even that has changed because now you can throw
over the middle and not get reprimanded.

Speaker 3 (08:42):
It's used to be able.

Speaker 1 (08:43):
To your rookieyear you threw over the middle, you had
people coming down heel.

Speaker 2 (08:48):
It's I mean, the player safety stuff. It makes it
hard on somebody that's playing defense. You know where you
can hit the quarterback, where you can hit a receiver.
Is it in the head, is it in the shoulder?
Is it it's it's tough to be defender these days,
it's it's hard to play. But I mean, I I
understand the argument if we want to protect guys, but

at the end of the day, how do you Your natural
instincts are going to take over.

Speaker 1 (09:16):
And no doubt if I'm if I'm coming downhill, do
you think I'm really thinking, No, you're not my head.
Let's go across the bow it.

Speaker 2 (09:23):
I have to make sure that's going to come into
this whole hip drop hip drop tackle things.

Speaker 1 (09:27):
I don't even know what I now. Yeah, until they
made it a thing, and now it's.

Speaker 3 (09:32):
Like, I don't know.

Speaker 2 (09:33):
Are you're in the middle of making a tackle you're
going to think I can't do that and let go.

Speaker 1 (09:37):
Don't let me swilve all my hips. In fact, let
me let him go so he can gain more yards.

Speaker 3 (09:41):
Yeah, okay, I'm all for fifteen yards. Let's keep it.
Let's keep it going.

Speaker 4 (09:45):
First down sucks for you can also move me on
down the field. That hurts bro.

Speaker 1 (10:12):
Now that you're over at Carolina and you've you've gone
through a few teams, uh one, do you have a
favorite franchise. I'm gonna say this. I'm just gonna say, Okay,
I'm not gonna let you answer that. And then two,
you know when you when you went to Charlotte, you know,
before they drafted Bryce Young, I was like, all right,
he went from starter in New Orleans two starter Charlotte
and then they drafted Bryce Young, and you know the reins
were given. How is your relationship between you and him?

You know, you were excellent for us and then became
our starter and took over. Does that is that sort
of you know, I guess it. You can't mirror Charlotte
or what is what is the expectations? Then?

Speaker 2 (10:44):
Well, you know when I left New Orleans, I obviously
got to start for it's fourteen games or something like that.

Speaker 3 (10:50):
Yeah, and uh, I felt like I played pretty well.

Speaker 2 (10:53):
And for me going into that that free agency that year,
you know, there wasn't uh, there wasn't a ton of
opportunity for me to go and to be the day
one starter. I got to Carolina and knowing they had
the first overall pick, you know what's going to happen there,
regardless of how good I was playing in the off
season and the OTAs and all that kind of stuff,
And in training camp it's the number one overall pick.

Speaker 3 (11:12):
He's going to play, and so.

Speaker 2 (11:15):
I knew that going in, so it made it easier,
like mentally going into it and saying, Okay, regardless of
what you do, you still prove yourself. From day one,
I walked in and said, like, you know, I'm going
to show you what I can do. And you know,
I felt good about what I was able to do
this past year and just being on the team and
to help Bryce and to help him grow. Obviously, it

was a year of he had to handle a lot
of adversity. There was a lot of things that were
kind of stacked against him that he had to try
to overcome and had to handle. And he's never had
a season like that in his life, from high school
to college, being in a Heisman Trophy winner and what
he was able to do with Alabama to and then
get into the league and have to handle that. But

I think what we've been able to do this offseason
and to try to bring in the right pieces and everything,
I think we're trying to help set him up to
have a more successful season than obviously we had last year.

Speaker 1 (12:08):
I'm not saying that's gonna be easy to do.

Speaker 3 (12:10):
But when we play Saints, it's two wins on the
schedule for us.

Speaker 1 (12:16):
Yes, okay, was there a moment or throw or a
game from last season that you can point to say
that like Bryce is going to be okay and figure
it out.

Speaker 2 (12:26):
There was a game we played against the Packers. We
did not end up winning the game, but you could
tell he kind of took over in the game and
was like everything was flowing. He was he was playing
on time, playing in rhythm, making big players, getting out
of the pocket, finding guys down the field, and it

was a game like, okay, this is what this is like,
shows what he can be if we kind of get
everything around him built built the way it needs to.
And so that was a game and even though like
I wanted everything just to win that game, to felt like, okay, hey,
you've got to feel that moment of you were feel
like you're taking over the game and you found a
way to win. We obviously didn't win, but it was

a game that felt like, Okay, this is definitely something
you can build.

Speaker 1 (13:12):
On, okay, right, and building block, especially for a young quarterback,
is key. Confidence is key. Not that you know it's.

Speaker 3 (13:20):
Year one, it's your year one, you know, but.

Speaker 1 (13:22):
As a number one overall pick, you know how bright
that spotlight was.

Speaker 2 (13:25):
Yeah, No, for sure, and I think especially with the
success of some of the other quarterbacks in that in
that draft class too. Yeah CJ. I mean, he had
an unbelievable year. But the best thing for you, as
you know, is experience to be out there. If you're not.
If you're not out there, you're not getting that experience
and you're not.

Speaker 1 (13:42):
That trial through fire is real because then then you
really figure out that mental spot too, like you figure
out if you're a dog and that that's like able
to weather the storm or do you sort of like
tuck the tail, like I can't do this right? Like
you could shine bright whenever you're having immediate success, but
are you still shining as brightly like when you're not
for sure in being in that role? Does does that

change how you approach how you take care of your
body at all, mentally and or physically, well.

Speaker 2 (14:08):
Physically, This is the best I've ever felt because you're
not taking any hit. You know, I got one. I
got one game this year and uh, you know, I
felt the little sore and felt like I was part
of it. Then after that my body was feeling great
and the best I felt going into an off season.
But I think it allows you time to focus on
some other things too, you know, your body being one
of them. You know, making sure I probably spent more

time in the weight room and training room and stuff,
just because you, I mean, the toll You're not having
to to do all the extra stuff that you know
the starter has to do.

Speaker 3 (14:39):
And so yeah, I feel like I'm in I'm in
a great place.

Speaker 2 (14:43):
Right now, okay, mentally meaning that I'm not ready to
go whenever that that I figured.

Speaker 1 (14:48):
You say, you all walked in into the off season
feeling the best you've ever felt. That probably bodes well
just in case your number is called.

Speaker 3 (14:55):
It is to you what my hill is now is tennis.

Speaker 4 (14:59):

Speaker 3 (15:00):
Yes, I wasn't expecting.

Speaker 1 (15:01):
I mean I sort of I should have should have expected.

Speaker 2 (15:03):
You should have you knew that that was going on.
JJ was getting your no no out there.

Speaker 1 (15:08):
Get my wife Nikki out there and starting to play.
Now She's like, babe, what are we going to play? Yeah,
we're not. I was like, my body hurts. Actually, I'm
looking forward to pick a ball that's gonna be mine.

Speaker 2 (15:18):
Well, the good the good thing is tennis translates so
well to playing quarterback with all the different movements that
you do. And so I've been all in and uh,
that's been my office game changer.

Speaker 1 (15:31):
How much longer do you want to play?

Speaker 3 (15:33):
How much longer do you want to play? Again?

Speaker 2 (15:36):
The conversations that we had in the conversation sitting in
the locker room waiting for this, Yeah, you know, I
want to go as long as it keeps making sense
for me and my family and my body feels great.
I feel like, you know, I can keep going. I
think it'd be fun to to touch forty years old.

Speaker 1 (15:52):
Wow, yeah, so you're you're my hero.

Speaker 2 (15:55):
We'll see thirty six right now, be thirty seven in October,
so only a couple more years. But we'll see if,
as you know, we get to this thing and we
evaluate after each season and see if we want to
keep going. But I'm still loving it. I still enjoy
the game, still still love all the stuff that goes
into it.

Speaker 1 (16:14):
And so and that's why we're here at there, we
are at the broadcast workshop. What are you looking forward
to this week?

Speaker 2 (16:21):
I think there's so many different avenues and different you know,
realms of the media, and we as players see it
from one side.

Speaker 3 (16:29):
Now you obviously different. You've got your.

Speaker 1 (16:30):
Whole cool graphic up here with off the Yeah yeah, this.

Speaker 2 (16:36):
Off the Edge podcast and and all the different things.
But you get to see the different side of the
media and and kind of get to experience all the
different things rather be from calling a game to doing podcasts,
to being in studio and all the all the different things.
So I'm just here to learn from the people that
are going to be presenting to us, kind of get

some of their knowledge and and hopefully, you know, see
what if this is something that I want to pursue
moving forward, And you know, I think it's it's definitely
a great opportunity that the NFL puts this thing on
that we get a chance to come learn from the
everybody here and involved.

Speaker 1 (17:14):
See if you want to pursue. So you see yourself
in the space, like how active do you see? Are
you going to like Pat McAfee, like build out your
own studio in Charlotte and just make the media come
to you, or are you going to you know, do
like you know these these quarterbacks do and have the
deal done years in advance and then just.

Speaker 2 (17:29):
Go hey, we'll see I'm here. So that's step one, right, right.

Speaker 1 (17:33):
Step. Step one is showing up. Ye can't can't, can't
get a blessing if without ever stepping into the church.
You know, So I understand, gotta gotta step in and
see what makes the most sense. I look forward to
that just because, like people don't know how fun you are.
You know what I'm saying, Like I feel like they
know any Dalton the quarterback.

Speaker 2 (17:51):
I always have our lit I was talking out here
and with one of these guys, I'm saying, I feel
like I've been very vanilla in my interviews, you.

Speaker 3 (18:01):
Know how a lot of people do.

Speaker 2 (18:02):
It's like you ask the question and I'm going to answer,
and I'm not going to answer your question, but I'm
just going to say what I want to say and
kind of move on from there. And so this is
a good opportunity to kind of get to show a
little bit of personality.

Speaker 1 (18:15):
Let the red hair flair.

Speaker 3 (18:19):
The hair is flowing, all right.

Speaker 1 (18:21):
Final question. Whenever they talk about quarterbacks, right, they talk
about they may never talk about like the throw percentage.
They never talk about like, hey, these are the wife
shoes day through in his career, they talk about winning.
At this point, should winning be a part of a
quarterback stat.

Speaker 2 (18:37):
I mean, I think it should because at the end
of the day, it's all about winning. The business is,
you know, that's what it's all about.

Speaker 3 (18:44):

Speaker 2 (18:45):
Winning can look a lot different based off of what
team you're on, who you have around you, and all
that kind of stuff. Losses can look a lot different
based off who you know, what team you're on, who
you have around you, all that nobody cares about.

Speaker 1 (19:00):
Like how you didn't have any receivers or throw to,
you know, like for whatever it is, quarterbacks get judged
quickly and like, oh they won two games last year,
three games last year, ten games last year. They get
judge asap just off of you know, whatever whatever was given.

Speaker 2 (19:16):
To I mean, I think the people that really know,
we're going to go and look and see, Okay, well
why right, you know, like the average fan doesn't care
about your average fan is going on online and looking
at stats.

Speaker 1 (19:29):
Looking looking up the fantasy points that they.

Speaker 2 (19:32):
See the fantasy points and all that kind of stuff.
And but I think that's what makes guys special. People
are just gonna talk about Tom because of what he
was able to do win seven Super Bowls, playing ten,
Like for a while there it was our whole career
he was playing in the super Bowl, like every year

he was in super Bowl, super Bowl, super Bowl and
shooting what Patrick's been able to do at the start
of his career.

Speaker 3 (20:00):
I mean it's like, what.

Speaker 1 (20:01):
Has been four out of seven super Bowls the seven
years you've been here, four of them?

Speaker 3 (20:05):
Like, yeah, it's one, so don't we all?

Speaker 2 (20:10):
But you know, I think that's what makes the good
ones great now you can you know, again, based off
your team, there's been some quarterbacks that have made it
to the super Bowl and haven't maybe not the one.
Some have won super Bowls that they weren't the ones that.

Speaker 1 (20:27):
Was definitely worth the driving driving force. You'd say the
team one.

Speaker 3 (20:30):
The team ones. Yeah, but uh, at the end of
the day, that's what you're measured by. So that's all
it matters.

Speaker 1 (20:36):
I appreciate That's all the questions I have for you.
I appreciate you for tapping in at the show man.
I know you're here badcasts, but even saying yes to
getting you on the pod, I'm super excited for you
this week. I hope you do join media whatever capacity
that you see fit. Thank you to the listeners. Thank
you guys for listening. To the pod tapping wherever you
get your your podcast, the Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio app wherever

you get it, make sure to follow, hit the likes,
leave us a five star review. I appreciate y'all. This
is Cam Jordan on my podcast Off the Edge with
my guy Andy Dalton. God have a blessed one, Peace,
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