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Film Room: Bengals offense shows poise in game-winning drive vs. Falcons The Bengals won in a shootout against the Falcons this weekend
37-36 Vontaze Burfict Jersey , and the most impressive aspect of the win was how the team stepped up in the game’s biggest moments. The defense had its
struggles, but stepped up, holding the Falcons to a field goal on their final
drive. Andy Dalton then led the Bengals on the game-winning drive, and while the
drive wasn’t perfect, it was well called and well executed. The Bengals faced
some challenges, but made crucial plays on third and fourth down and eventually
came out on top. Following a Matt Bryant field goal that extended the Falcons’
lead to five points, the Bengals got the ball back with 4:15 left in the game.
They opened up the drive with a 4-yard run by Giovani Bernard. This was a great
way to start the drive, as it slowed down the Falcons’ pass rushers who were
surely fired up to get after Dalton in this situation. As they broke the huddle,
the broadcast commented about their lack of urgency, but with more than four
minutes to play, their tempo was appropriate. On second down Dalton attempted a
pass to wide receiver Tyler Boyd, but with cornerback Desmond Trufant draped all
over him, he could not make the play. Then came the first real clutch situation
of the series. In the clip below it is third-and-six the Bengals are lined up in
a trips formation with three receivers to one side, and one to the other. Wide
receiver A.J. Green commands the most attention. He is the single receiver to
the top of the screen and has one Falcons defender pressed on him with the
safety lined up almost directly over the top of him. Boyd is lined up as the
second receiver on the bottom of the screen, with tight end C.J. Uzomah lined up
as the third receiver just inside of him. Uzomah releases vertically, and Boyd
releases inside, underneath Uzomah’s route. This is excellent play design as the
alignment of these two receivers along with the route combination creates a
natural pick and gets Boyd open. Boyd catches the drag just shy of the first
down, but turns it up field to move the chains.The Bengals start off the next
series of downs with another Bernard run, which picks up three yards. In the
next clip, it is second-and-seven, and the Bengals are in their no huddle
offense. Dalton drops back to pass and has good protection, but seeing no one
open he escapes the pocket to the left and ducks out of bounds after picking up
the first down. This is a great job by Dalton of understanding he had nowhere to
throw the ball, making a play with his legs, and stopping the clock.On the next
play (as seen in the clip below), The Bengals go back to trips formation, and
the same route concept that helped them convert on third down earlier in the
drive. Once again, Uzomah is the farthest receiver to the inside and releases
vertically. Boyd is the second receiver and is lined up just outside of Uzomah.
Boyd releases to the inside, underneath Uzomah’s route, which opens him up on
the drag route. He catches the ball and turns it up field gaining 11 yards and a
first down. This takes the game to the two-minute warning.It is at this point
that things seem to take a bad turn for the Bengals. On first down, Falcons
defense end Vic Beasley gets the better of Bengals left tackle Cordy Glenn and
reaches his hand out trying to get the ball from Dalton. Dalton is able to tuck
the ball and gains two yards on the play, but Beasley isn’t done yet. On second
down, Beasley again comes screaming off the edge and hits Dalton’s arm as he is
in his throwing motion. This causes a fumble which Dalton recovers for a loss.
The Bengals wisely take a timeout here. With the added time, the replay
officials decide to review the play, and it is determined that Dalton was in his
throwing motion and it was an incomplete pass rather than a fumble. This gave
the Bengals back time Womens Jordan Evans Jersey , yardage, and their final timeout. The next clip is the ensuing third down. Boyd is again lined up as the number two
receiver in the trips formation. He takes a hard step to the outside on his
release, then runs vertically, bending toward the center of the field. Dalton
throws the ball toward Boyd, but Trufant has undercut his route and the ball
goes right to him. By some miracle, Trufant is not able to make the
interception, and the Bengals retain possession.That brings up the fourth down
play shown here. This time Boyd is the third receiver, lined up closest to the
offensive line. He jab steps to the outside, getting Trufant to open his hips
then releases up field. When he gets to the first down marker he turns around
and Dalton hits him with great timing—another big time play for Boyd and Dalton.
Obviously fourth down on the game-winning drive is already a huge situation, but
it is even bigger considering the adversity the Bengals faced on this set of
downs. The Bengals nearly turned the ball over on all three of the previous
plays, but they maintained composure and took the momentum back.On first down,
seeing no one open Dalton throws the ball away. Glenn is called for illegal
hands to the face and it becomes first-and-20. On the next play the Bengals run
a quick screen to wide receiver Alex Erickson, gaining eight yards and putting
them in a much better second down situation.The next clip is second down. The
Bengals line up in a two-by-two formation with two receivers split out to each
side. Uzomah is lined up in the slot on the bottom of the screen. He runs a
quick out and gets out of bounds. This is a classic route in two-minute drill
situations. It allows the team to improve their down and distance situation
while conserving time on the clock. Here it has gone from second-and-12 to
third-and-six. This gives the Bengals more options on third down.In the clip
below it is third down and the Bengals are in a two-by-two formation with Green
lined up as the number one receiver on the top of the screen. All four receivers
release vertically, and Green is able to create space. Unfortunately, Dalton
does not give him a ball that he can make a play on and it becomes fourth
down.On fourth-and-six the Bengals come out in another two-by-two formation.
Boyd is lined up in the slot on the bottom of the screen. He jab steps to the
outside as he has throughout the game when trying to get inside the receiver,
then takes three steps to the inside making it look like a slant, before cutting
back to the outside. This is what’s known as a whip route, and Boyd runs it
beautifully. Dalton throws a perfectly placed ball just in front of Boyd at
about two yards depth, which allows him to keep running and turn up field for
the first down. Dalton attempts to get the ball to Erickson in the end zone on
the next play, but the coverage by Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver is better
than Erickson’s route and a completion becomes nearly impossible.Now with 12
seconds left in the game the Bengals line up in a three-by-one formation with
Green as the lone receiver on the bottom of the field. He releases inside the
cornerback then bends back outside the safety, finding the soft spot in the
Falcons’ Cover 2, where Dalton throws him the game winning pass.Dalton and the
Bengals' offense stepped up on the game’s last drive and showed they can win in
high-pressure situations. The play calling, passing, and ability of Boyd to get
open when the Bengals needed a conversion all stood out as key components of the
drive. If the Bengals are going to break their playoff drought, they will need
to be able to perform at this level offensively. It’s the Bengals’ offseason,
and it wouldn’t be complete without more questions on the team’s state of the
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Fan mocks, Taylor’s image and trusting AndyNew,49commentsIt’s the Bengals’
offseason, and it wouldn’t be complete without more questions on the team’s
state of the quarterback position.ESTShareTweetShareShareBengals mailbag: Fan
mocks, Taylor’s image and trusting AndyIt’s an interesting time in Who Dey
Nation. Great optimism has eroded into familiar cynicism, based on the team’s
recent inability to get initial coaches for various positions on their wish
lists.As the weeks have passed on the new Zac Taylor era, there is a sentiment
of the new coach settling for lesser-desired coaches. One of the callers on this
week’s Orange and Black Insider asked about the possible damage to Taylor’s
reputation in the wake of so many assistant coach candidates declining offers to
potentially work for the Bengals. We all assumed that Taylor had lists prepared
for possible assistant coaching candidates during his interviews, and while
there’s little reason to believe otherwise, the amount of “no’s” have been
alarming. What is going on in Cincinnati to dissuade coaches from taking
somewhat-prominent positions on the staff?Is it the “Mike Brown effect”? Do
coaches see the proverbial writing on the wall with a young coach and
conservative owner behind him? Is it the aging roster on the defensive side of
the ball? Do more tested NFL coaches oppose the notion of being under a
young Womens Jordan Willis Jersey , first-time coach?In truth, each coach who passed on a job probably checked at least one of these boxes, as well as other
opportunities heading their way. However, the entire situation surrounding
Taylor’s difficulties in finding assistants has the fan base wondering if this
is a sign of long-term trouble. If you’re asking a guy like Paul Daugherty of
The Cincinnati Enquirer, it reeks of 1993. It’s easy to immediately go there,
given the drought of success this franchise and its fans have had to endure. Can
we give the guy at least a few games before we throw him on the scrap pile,
though? Sure, the plethora of “thanks, but no thanks” responses are not a good
look at the moment, but Taylor still seems confident in the combination of
innovative youth and needed experience on his staff.“Trusting the process”, even
in the uglier moments, is what the Lewis-to-Taylor transition is about. So,
while we all sit and wonder what exactly is going on with all of the declined
coaching offers as Taylor’s reputation takes a couple of bruises, they can heal
up quickly with notable progress and in-season wins. Plus, if you really want to
go tongue-in-cheek about it, the defense has nowhere to go but up from
2018—regardless of who the coordinator is this season. This coaching change is
what the fans have asked for since at least the 2015 Wild Card loss, after all.
It’s not likely that immediate, immense success will come for the Bengals in the
transition, but if it does, nobody is going to readily remember Taylor’s issue
in rounding out his staff. *****Speaking of Taylor, the quarterback position has
been a hot topic of late, The team has made a point of showing the veteran
signal-caller and rookie head coach being chummy, and, if you take any stock in
this, Andy Dalton has been part of the “New Dey” marketing bits. In a recent
interview with Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Taylor once again propped up
Dalton by referencing his scouting of him from No. 14’s days at TCU. “I do,”
Taylor told Breer about Dalton being a good fit for his new Bengals system.
“I’ve watched Andy for a really long time, dating back to his days at TCU. I’ve
always been impressed with the way he plays the game. I’ve always known he’s a
smart guy. We haven’t had a chance to meet on football or anything like that.
But I do know that he’ll be able to quickly master this offense. He gets the
ball out on time, he’s accurate, he’s got good athleticism.”But, is it
genuine?We’ve seen coaches come in and laud tenured veterans many times before.
Sometimes it’s because they truly value the player, while in other instances,
it’s a way to quickly endear themselves to the locker room. And,
sometimes Giovani Bernard Jersey , it’s just a charade and nothing more than “coach speak”. As we sit here today, Taylor’s words seem like some sort of mixture of
all of the facets. We don’t want to sit here and say that the team’s new head
coach is disingenuous, but it’s obvious that Taylor likes “his guys”. Whether it
was in the hiring of Brian Callahan and Jim Turner on the offensive staff, or in
the other candidates who declined offers, Taylor has shown a penchant for hiring
guys in which he’s comfortable. And, while he’s said the P.C. things when it
comes to Dalton, new coaches almost always want to bring in their guy under
center. Ryan Tannehill’s name has been tossed around as a veteran option because
of his previous connection with Taylor in Miami. However, one has to wonder if
that is any kind of upgrade over what Dalton already gives them—especially when
it seems that Dalton and Jared Goff has some similarities as NFL quarterbacks.
Dalton could very well be Taylor’s guy in 2019. We’ve seen No. 14 play at a very
high level when the talent around him is replenished and healthy. Those are
obvious priorities for the team this offseason.But, not every NFL coach gets 16
seasons and two shots at a franchise quarterback like Marvin Lewis did from
2003-2018. It’s very possible that Taylor’s leash is far shorter than that of
his predecessor, and with Steve Wilks’ one-year Arizona stint in Taylor’s
periphery, the new coach might want to take a shot on a rookie in this year’s
class.For now, we’ll believe Taylor in his supposed belief in Dalton being the
Bengals’ quarterback going forward. But, Dalton’s leash may be even shorter than
Taylor’s. *****As teams are gearing up for the NFL Combine, mock drafts and
rookie profiles become commonplace this time of year. We recently received a
five roundfan mock, which we felt was very interesting. Here is what the OBI
listener came up with:Round 1, Overall 11: Devin White, linebacker, LSURound 2,
Overall 42: Dalton Risner, offensive lineman, Kansas StateRound 3, Overall 72:
Jeffrey Simmons, defensive tackle, Mississippi StateRound 4, Overall 110: Tyree
Jackson, quarterback, Buffalo`Round 5, Overall 149: Dakota Allen, linebacker,
Texas TechObviously, this would be a pretty nice haul and would go a long way in
remedying a lot of the current roster issues. White and Risner are day one
starters, while Simmons can take a redshirt year to nurse an injury. The
Bulldogs defensive tackle would have been a first round pick, had he not tore
his ACL this winter.Risner is interesting because in early mocks, he was a
frequent top-15 pick. Lately , however, more and more pundits are pushing him lower and a team like the Bengals
could benefit atop the second round as first round talents slip through the
cracks. Of course, the most interesting pick is the quarterback. Jackson isn’t a
guy who you hear much about this year, as names like Dwayne Haskins, Kyler
Murray and a glut of others are getting early round attention. There is a lot of
clay to mold with Jackson, as they say. His 6’7”, 245-pound frame is more than
ideal size for an NFL signal-caller, and he had a 3,000-yard passing season to
his name in 2018. Jackson also has a big arm and while not a scrambler, per se,
he moves very well for his size, can pop the occasional big run and often eludes
pressure in the pocket. Have a look:He also had a great showing in the Senior
Bowl, garnering MVP honors for the South squad. In the game, he went 13-of-21
for 165 yards and two touchdowns.The negatives? Jackson has an odd delivery and
seems to sometimes “push” the ball, rather than truly letting it fly. On a more
macro scale, his career 55.8 completion rate is very troublesome and screams of
his being a project at the NFL level. Still, the Bengals need a backup
quarterback this year. Jeff Driskel has some tools, but doesn’t seem to be a
long-term viable option, so the Bengals could use a mid-round pick on another
developmental guy in Jackson. This especially makes sense if the 2019 plan
includes a bridge year for Dalton. While some think Taylor might want to get his
new quarterback right away, he may opt to use a high pick on one in 2020, while
allowing Jackson the opportunity to develop, or maybe even compete. Of course,
the positions could vary, based on what occurs in free agency. We don’t know if
Taylor is going to push the team to be more proactive next month, as they could
grab a starter on the offensive line and/or linebacker. Regardless, you have to
like the value and addressed positional needs in this mock. If you’re unable to
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