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For openers, what we’d like to see

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on August 12, 2011 – 4:04 pm

DETROIT — What we’d like to see in Friday’s preseason opener (7:30 p.m., Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Ford Field against the Lions.

» Eleven men on the field on offense. Not 10. Not 12. No timeouts blown because they can’t get the play in. You’ve got to figure it’s going to be ragged because of the lockout and a rookie quarterback. But there’s a difference between ragged and anarchy, like there seemed to be last season at some points.

» Some nice long 73-yard drives. If they’re in shape, great. If they’re not, they can’t just hop on the elliptical for a workout. They’ve got to do it on the field.

» More play-action, more three-step drops from the quarterback, quicker throws instead of longish developing routes, more moving pockets, things that maybe could have helped Carson Palmer.

» Runs on all snaps of third-and-two or less. Last year they were a brutal 28-for-58 on third-and-two or less with a high percentage of incompletions. They keep talking about adopting the physical mentality. What better way than pounding heads against Messrs. Suh and Williams in the middle of the line Friday?

» More sets with tight ends and fullbacks. Tight ends so it gives offensive coordinator Jay Gruden more flexibility with quarterback Andy Dalton and fullbacks so it gives running back Cedric Benson some room with which to work. Chris Pressley, in his second training camp with the Bengals, looks like a hammer.

» A tired but happy Andre Smith.

» On defense, no busts, no nine-yard runs, no which-way-did-he-go plays. In this first game in the post-Dhani Jones era, it is important for middle linebacker Rey Maualuga to get his guys lined up.

» Tackling. But when you think about it, they didn’t start hitting until training camp even when there wasn’t a lockout. If there’s a problem, head coach Marvin Lewis and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer won’t stand for it.

» More pass rush, of course, so let’s keep an eye on that first nickel package. With left end Carlos Dunlap (knee) most likely out, it won’t have its leading sacker. But it will be interesting to see how Zimmer uses new outside linebackers Manny Lawson and Thomas Howard on the edge on third down, and to see if third-round pick Dontay Moch looks as fast going around the corner in his first game as an edge rusher/SAM backer as he has in practice.

» Some picks in the secondary. They’ve got their hands on a good number of balls, but haven’t caught many. They would no doubt like to see to safety Gibril Wilson able to play after returning to the field this week for the first time in 50 weeks since tearing his ACL.

» Speaking of ACLs, Mike Nugent is kicking in his first game since tearing his in his kicking knee Nov. 14 in Indianapolis. He hasn’t missed in practice yet, but everyone would like him to hit a 41-yarder Friday just the same.


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7 Responses to “For openers, what we’d like to see”

  1. By mwindle1973 on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    For any of you that live outside the Cincy viewing area, the game is also on Daytons’ WKEF Channel 22. It’s also on Columbus’ WSYX Channel 6. I’ve been using this site for years and could never find some info like this. First I just looked on my cable guide and found these two live airings. But then curious where all the game woudl be aired, I did a google search. Which then led me back to this site for the info. I guess where the games are airing has always there. ‘Media Lounge’ link is on front page, and then ‘on the air’ link from there. Tells all the TV, Radio & Internet broadcasting infor for games & other related airings like Bengals Weekly, etc.

  2. By mwindle1973 on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like a pretty good wish list to me! Oh, but let’s sprinkle on a last wish that we come out a close to injury free as possible. That is my biggest fear, and probably every fan, coaches, owners, and players biggest fear too, that a player go down with a big injury in a preseason game. They never did settle the argument over playing less preseason games. Never was a good compromise bored out there.

  3. By turryg on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    First thing I’d like to see is the Bungles owner Mike Brown retire, especially after seeing what he managed to put on the field for 2011. This will make the 19th bungles team he has built. Second thing I’d like to see is Jordan Palmer start, he deserves a shot after what I seen out of number 1 and 2 Friday night.

  4. By jeff1964 on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    What did we learn today? The Bengals were outplayed again, is this another sign like it has been in the past, where we will be outplayed and outcoached?

  5. By 2ndboot on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    Wow Geoff.. I think this wish list needs some amending.. Last night was a cluster… umm yeah..
    Maybe Marvin needs to lock them in the stadium to practice sunup till sundown then turn on the lights and keep practicing till bed time and bring in some cots till sunup again..
    I knew Suh was going to rattle Daltons cage so the only takeaway I see here is at least Dalton isn’t in the hospital… March on weary soldiers.

  6. By mwindle1973 on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    Well..didn’t go as planned did it? The D, I’m concerned, but I’ve seen Zim’s Ds stink it up before and…well let’s just say I have a lot of faith in Zim. But that means shifting D principles to cover certain players weaknesses. It seemed there wasn’t much of a pass rush, but the coverage was so bad at times, they really had little chance to get to the passer. Again though it is a lockout stained preseason. Yet the concept of ‘everyone doing their job most of the time, yet one person on almost every play is making mistakes’ was exactly what the problem was last season. So that is concerning. The good thing is last year you had 4 and 10 year vets doing it, and people who had played in the same system for up to 10 years doing it. So you can expect some of this, but not as much as we saw. I think what we need to see is just solid improvement with each game.

  7. By mwindle1973 on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    Ryan Mallett, the guy I and the Pats thought was the best in the draft, had a great game yesterday. He was 12-19 for 164 yds & a TD against the second team D. Leading his team to 2 scores in 4 possesions. Here is an exceprt about him from the same NFL.com article by Bucky Brooks: “…his pocket poise and awareness were exceptional for a first-year player. He routinely found the safety valve or hot read against blitz pressure and seemed undaunted by the free rushers in his face.”

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