The Cincinnati Bengals defense last Sunday were an up and down unit, in the first half they dominated allowing nothing to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts offense, but in the second half it changed in a big way, Luck threw for four touchdowns and the team allowed 28 points in the half.
Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was obviously not a happy camper after the game, and on Wednesday he showed his unit eight plays from the game, where he had a major problem with.
Those eight plays were so uncharacteristic of the top 10 defense, it included lots of miss tackles. On two of them, defenders were seen grabbing at air and softly driving forearms and shoulding in to Colts receivers, where they managed to find the end zone.
If you watched hard knocks this summer, you know coach Zimmer is a feisty guy and he will call you out if you don’t do something right. I’m guessing there was a lot of “calling out” this week.
Bengals players said that the angry scale of coach Zimmer, was off the charts, good thing there were no cameras to see the blow up. The players themselves weren’t happy at all. They believe this week practices and flim session will serve them as an important lesson down the stretch.
The defense want to create turnovers, pressure the quarterback, and stop the run. Luck was the second quarterback this season to throw 300 yards on them.
Cornerback Adam Jones expressed his feelings on the disappointment of the defense in the second half. “Those guys should have scored seven points,” Jones said of the Colts offense. “I’m not saying anything about their offense. They’ve got a good team and all, but we gave up them 21 points. We’ll fix it, though.”
The defense will be needed this Sunday night game at Pittsburgh against the Steelers, which in every time they play each other it always come down to the defenses. You know it will be a physical game.
I expect Zimmer’s unit to rebound this week, and the horrible performance in the second half last Sunday will serve them well down the long hall.