Dalton understands Pachall has been compared to him the moment he took over as the starting QB, and the challenges that could present. He is also a pro entering his third year in the NFL; he does understand the realities that await Pachall, and offers some advice to the TCU senior QB.
"The biggest thing is he doesn't need to be me," Dalton told me in a recent phone interview. "He needs to be his own person and his own player. He's done that. Casey is really talented. He was highly recruited and I hosted him on his recruiting visit. I was here when he came to visit with his parents. He comes from a really good family. Unfortunately some of the off the field stuff has been a distraction. I do think he’s learned from that.
"I think all of that is a learning experience. I think it took for him to be away from it to realize how important it is for him. He’s a good kid. He really is. This is his time. He has all the talent in the world. He has to understand that. He has to play to his potential and I think he will. He has a done a lot of good things since he’s been there."
Dalton is not as talented as Pachall in terms of raw ability; what separated Dalton from so many was intellect. Few people could have done as well in pre-NFL draft interviews as well as Dalton. His ability to talk to NFL coaches, scouts and GMs impressed so many people he was a second round pick.
"I think the one thing that has helped me and helped me to get to where I am right now is to understand the offense at TCU; not just route concepts and coverages but knowing the protections and when to change things," Dalton said. "That helped me out a lot. I know the ins and outs of the offense so when I was in meetings with coaches and scouts I could explain everything that we were doing.
"I know when you're in college, agents are preparing a script for you but coaches want your personality and to see your understanding of what you are doing offensively. But the most important thing for him is to be yourself, and don't try to do too much. Just go play. Enjoy it and just have a lot of fun."
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