The Bengals Are Undefeated, though They Are Not Perfect
October 5, 2014 - Picnic Time
Patriots conduct manager Bill Belichick is famous for his ability to make any organisation sound like a 1995 San Francisco 49ers, though he gave a Bengals aloft regard than usual.
“They have a lot of good players, they’re good coached, they’re tough, they’re physical, they’re explosive,” he pronounced on Wednesday. “It’s been a while given I’ve seen a organisation that’s as finish as they are even going behind a past [years], they’ve been a playoff organisation here, though a approach they started a deteriorate this year [and] examination them by training camp, they’re unequivocally a good football team.”
The Bengals (3-0) are one of dual teams that has not mislaid a diversion though while they are undefeated, though they are distant from perfect, and unequivocally not unbeatable.
Make no mistake; a Bengals are each bit as tough, earthy and bomb as Belichick says they are. That toughness and physicality starts adult front on both offense and defense.
The Bengals’ coaching staff trusts a defensive front 4 to emanate pressure; they sent 5 or some-more defenders after a quarterback on 43 of 156 pass plays (27.6 percent) by 3 games. The four-man rush disrupted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in final year’s meeting, bringing him down 4 times.
Their descent line set a tinge for a whole group, and has nonetheless to let adult a singular pouch of quarterback Andy Dalton. The offense thrives on their ability to settle a run, and have some-more rushing attempts by 3 games than any organisation in a NFL including teams that have played 4 games.
That explosiveness on offense is funneled especially by using behind Giovani Bernard. Watching him is like examination a Tecmo Bowl chronicle of Bo Jackson. They adore to get him a round in his hands in a open margin and usually let him work his magic.
Dalton doesn’t have to do any some-more than simply crack a round into a hands of his using behind and watch a behind of his jersey float off into a embellished weed on a walls of Paul Brown Stadium.
While Bernard plays a purpose of tellurian joystick, rookie Jeremy Hill plays a purpose of tellurian bowling ball. He’s been a team’s go-to on a idea line, and he isn’t fearful to reduce his shoulder and run over would-be tacklers during a second turn between a 20’s.
And their success in a using diversion has come especially out of three-receiver sets. By my unaccepted count, a Bengals were in 11 crew (one back, one parsimonious end, 3 far-reaching receivers) on 104 of their 186 descent plays this deteriorate so far. They were in 12 crew (one back, dual parsimonious ends, dual far-reaching receivers) on 35 plays.
By forcing defenses into a nickel front with one fewer linebacker and one some-more cornerback a Bengals offense puts vigour on a defensive line to win one-on-one matchups during a line of struggle to possibly make a play on their own, or giveaway adult a linebackers.
As mentioned before, Dalton has nonetheless to be sacked, though that’s not since a descent line is holding their blocks while Dalton has a cruise in a pocket. In fact, according to stats website Pro Football Focus, Dalton has spent reduction time in a slot than scarcely any other quarterback in a NFL. His normal time in a slot is 2.1 seconds, a second-longest time in a NFL. His normal of 2.05 seconds to try a pass is a quickest.
The Bengals have finished a good pursuit of gripping a diversion out of his hands. The pass conflict is heavily predicated on brief throws that get a round out of Dalton’s hands quickly, to a initial review who is designed to be open, within 9 yards of a line of scrimmage. Beyond 10 yards downfield, Dalton has strike usually 11 of 23 pass attempts. He has strike usually dual passes that trafficked 20 yards or some-more downfield.
Thanks to an chosen invulnerability that has authorised usually 3 first-half points, Dalton has not been forced to lift a weight for a offense. They’ve been means to run a round and implement a brief flitting diversion to empty a clock. But that hasn’t helped overpower critics in Cincinnati who still consternation if Dalton has what it takes to lead a organisation when it’s on his shoulders.
The Bengals have trailed for a grand sum of 51 seconds this season, when Dalton shortly threw a 77-yard strike to Bengals far-reaching receiver A.J. Green another of those “explosive” players Belichick was articulate about.
“Everything,” Belichick said, when asked what kind of problems Green poses to a defense. “He’s unequivocally good. Good track runner, got good leaping ability, go adult and take a round divided from defenders. Good curtain after a locate with a round in his hands. Excellent speed [and] detonate out of breaks. He can play during all 3 levels and surpass during all 3 levels. He’s one of a best receivers in a league.”
This season, Green has held 7 brief passes (nine yards or fewer downfield) for 75 yards and 5 prolonged passes (10 yards or some-more downfield) for 168 yards.
So, as we can see, a Bengals have copiousness of strengths, though also some weaknesses.
Their many vivid debility is on run defense, where they now concede 5.1 yards per lift (fourth-highest normal in a NFL). One reason is that they have been spending a lot of time in their nickel defense. They have a low organisation of cornerbacks in Terrence Newman, Leon Hall, Adam Jones, Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpatrick, though a enterprise to get playmaking cornerbacks onto a margin has left a invulnerability receptive to using plays.
In a past, they’ve been means to get divided with their complicated bent towards nickel invulnerability interjection to a chosen play of their front 7 namely, Geno Atkins. The 2012 All-Pro has not looked like his aged disruptive self like a actor Belichick once compared to Hall-of-Famer John Randle entrance off of a season-ending ACL damage in 2013. Domato Peko, a nine-year veteran, has also been hermetic off in run invulnerability on a unchanging basis. Injuries have forced Devon Still into suggestive snaps during defensive tackle, and their best run-defending linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion) is doubtful for this game after unwell to use until Friday.
The Patriots would be correct to run a round with energy opposite a Bengals’ nickel invulnerability to feat a miss of size.
The Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans all had some success using behind a fullback and/or parsimonious finish when a Bengals were in a nickel. This could be a diversion where fullback James Develin sees an increasing effort interjection to his ability to play both parsimonious finish and fullback.
The complicated section coverage of a Bengals delegate could meant some giveaway releases off a line for a Patriots’ receivers, though their gusto for promulgation rushers from singular places could means problems for a Patriots descent line. It will be adult to a receivers to get open quickly, so that Brady has outlets when a rush is on.
The Bengals don’t like to send vigour often, though they adore to rush linebackers and safeties while dropping linemen into section coverage. This creates a apparition of vigour for a quarterback, while also potentially treacherous linemen and causing unblocked defenders to get a giveaway rush.
This has been a principle of their defense, regardless of a coordinator.
“I consider it’s been flattering identical [to final year],” Belichick pronounced of their schemes on offense and defense. “They’ve promoted from within. Every year is a small bit different. There’s always a integrate new wrinkles or things, small adjustments and so forth. But I’d contend a core of it is absolutely, it looks like it’s Coach Lewis’ complement and whoever a coordinator is, they’re doing what they do.
This is a organisation of players, and systems on offense and defense, that helped land conduct coaching jobs for both a descent coordinator (Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins) and defensive coordinator (Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings). At this rate, a Bengals could be looking for new coordinators again really soon.
These are not your father’s Bungles. They are beatable, usually like each other NFL team, though Cincinnati has gifted players and intelligent coaches a winning regulation in any league.