membengal Posted September 15, 2008 Report Share Posted September 15, 2008 1. It is pretty damn clear at this point, that the calling card of Marvin Lewis' coaching regime with the Bengals has been their almost singular inability to respond to adversity (ANY adversity) with anything other than going fetal and calling for their parental caregiver of their choice.In yesterday's game, they responded to the 15-yard interference call on the punt to the Titans with the game 0-0 by rolling over and letting TN roll downfield for the first TD. They give up an inexplicable run to Johnson, and need desperately to hold TN out of the end zone, and instead give up yards in chunks of 10.They get the largesse of a botched punt, get a 12-men in the huddle penalty (HOW exactly, does that happen) and miss a field goal into a hurricane, and watch the rest of the game drain away. This has gone on for years. Years. They folded like origami in the playoff game after Carson's injury. Would the Pats have reacted the same way? No. It has been a hallmark of Lewis' regime to have a team that cannot handle anything that remotely goes wrong in the course of a game. Kind of like one of his press conferences.2. Bratkowski must go. I have never typed that before. Or said it. But he has reached the end of his usefulness. Of that 136 yards or so passing for Carson, 50 come on two dumpoffs to Dorsey at the end of the first half with TN in a prevent. Was that repeatable? I. don't. know. I didn't notice them trying it again. I didn't notice much of anything in terms of plan that seemed worthy of a coach doing anything but mailing in an effort. Which, frankly, matches that of his head coach and his players. 3. Darrin Simmons, I may be as disappointed in him as any coach on that staff. In large measure, that game was lost on special teams yesterday, TN had punters who could punt and kickers who could kick, even into a gale force wind. And guys who could cover. It sure would be nice if the Bengals had some of that.4. The continued lack of urgency from this team boggles the mind. The first two games of a murderous schedule were inter division and inter conference games, crucial for tie-breaker purposes. And they have sleptwalked through both of them. The hole they are in is damn near insurmountable. Pittsburgh is for real and the likely class of the AFC, which means this is a Wild Card year at best, and they have put themselves in a position that is already as bad as is humanly possible.5. And, yes, I understand how giggle-worthy the concept of playoffs is now. But it should not have been. This team has talent. It is being mis-applied, mis-used and wasted in general. For all the Mike Brown bitching that is coming back up (understandably), do know that this team should be around a .500 team, looking for a break or two to get into wild card contention. Instead, it is looking like a 4-win team, and that is entirely on Marvin Lewis.Whole thing is sickening. Worst part is most of us (and the fanbase) saw this coming. Why couldn't Lewis? He's the one who was in position to do something about it... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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