Success often comes down to an equation of Opportunity + Luck + Performance.
A.J. Green has been given a terrific opportunity in Cincinnati and his performance hasn't been anything short of amazing. He's single-handedly made Andy Dalton look like a better player than he actually has been, and the Cincinnati Bengals look like a better team than they are.
Dalton has fallen into traps of locking onto one receiver too early in his reads, and that has tipped defenders to where he is going to throw ball. However, Green has been able to consistently fight his way back to the ball and at least swat the ball away from possible defenders to prevent interceptions.
Dalton has also been throwing a lot of inaccurate passes. His first half against the Buffalo Bills was one of the worst quarterbacking performances I've ever witnessed, and I lived through the David Klingler and Akili Smith eras in Cincinnati, so I know a thing or two about bad quarterbacks.
Again, Green has been able to bail Cincinnati out though. When Dalton gets into these situations the Bengals start running vertical, downfield routes and just throw the ball up to Green, who has consistently made miraculous game-changing plays.
Green is going to be unstoppable by 2013 as long as that third part of that equation—luck—doesn't affect him too negatively.
Here are five other players that we'll be discussing similarly during the first year of the Michelle Bachmann administration, which coincidentally would also be the first year I move to Canada, or England, or well, anywhere else.
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