New coordinator Hue Jackson has gone a step further, telling NFL Media columnist Michael Silver that he and Dalton are "joined at the hip."
"We are tethered together. And I'll jump off a building with this guy," Jackson told Silver, "because I believe in the things he's trying to accomplish with his career, and I think I can help him."
Jackson's public support is no surprise. As NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks explained on the Around The League Podcast last month, Jackson's style is to challenge his players while simultaneously raising expectations and dishing out hyperbole.
It's not a great sign for Dalton's market value that his coaching staff is planning to decrease the quarterback's responsibilities in a make-or-break contract year.