Out with the old, in with Sanu

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Oct 21, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) is brought down by the Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Larry Foote (50) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE


With their season in jeopardy and in need of a spark on offense after being held to a season-low 185 yards of offense, the Bengals may begin looking more to rooke receiver Mohamed Sanu to give their struggling receiving corps a boost. Against the Steelers Sunday, Sanu caught three passes for 27 yards and gained seven yards on a rushing attempt.
The receptions were the first three of Sanu’s career. The third-rounder out of Rutgers received more playing time after Armon Binns was inactive and Marvin Jones suffered a  knee injury early in the game.

Sanu has already been active this year, as he came made his NFL debut in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins. Sanu came in as the wildcat quarterback on the first play of the game and threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green, giving Sanu his first touchdown pass before his first NFL reception while also becoming the first Bengals receiver to throw a touchdown pass in the history of the long-standing franchise.

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  • AnotherWastedYear?

    We desperately need another receiver to step up into a “go to” option. Even a third. Sanu is versatile with that beautiful, caught ‘em off guard, TD pass opening the game against Washington. But why isn’t Hawkins getting more looks? With his speed and quickness I’d be running plays that puts him in position to burn defenses either with Andy’s quick passes or let some receivers run medium to deep routes, slightly delay Hawkins and then send him underneath after the coverage begins to clear. Why isn’t Gresham being more formidable? He makes plays and then doesn’t or isn’t targeted. Play calling or him? Don’t know.

    Above ALL else, we need:
    1. A consistent AND effective running game. No running game to speak of is putting too much pressure on Dalton. Play action passes are next to useless if the defense doesn’t respect our running game. I like Andy but he is currently reminding me of Carson when he tried to win games by pressing. Stop staring at AJ from the snap, look elsewhere, draw that safety out of position then go back to AJ. Or, run enough plays to other receivers, tell AJ to jog or cruise to conserve speed. Draw the defenses attention elsewhere and then boom, hit AJ on a double move go.
    2. Defense needs to seriously step it up. Too many big gainers against them. They still over commit and get burned on misdirection or reverse plays. One part of me loves the aggressive “get to the ball carrier” attack, but you have to play smart, keep your area of responsibility covered for the cutbacks. Too many times a cutback burns our defense for a huge 3rd down pick up.
    3. Another linebacker to step it up like Burfict has. Maualuga does make a lot of tackles but they are too far down field IMO. I honestly think it is timing. He has trouble shedding blocks to make a play, but it also seems he is trying to separate a second or two too late. This isn’t college, it’s the NFL. You can get away with that when USC is playing a “going to be slaughtered” team.
    BTW: You can credit Marvin for Burfict. He had his eye on him, recognized he had talent and went after him after the draft.
    4. Marvin. Too easy to pick on the Head Coach when things go bad. But I have always hated his game management, and his challenges are head scratchers to totally laughable. That first challenge against the Steelers was an absolute joke. It was too easy to see he was down well before the ball came out so at best all we would gain is the Steelers being 3rd and 8 instead of 3rd and 6. That is worth a challenge and a timeout? I am also sick of his assessments and comments after a loss. “Obviously we have to do better.” DUH! When Marvin? You’ve had ten years. I’m also sick of seeing him clap his hands and yell “Come on, come on”. GET IN SOME FACES! Chew some a$$ once in a while. Wake somebody up ala Cowher. However, I would imagine that Zimmer does chew some rear ends and it isn’t doing much good. I said it before and I’m saying it again: I agree with Reedy, we’ve gone as far as we can with Marvin as the head coach. It is time to move on and up. Marvin got us over the Shula-Coslet-LeBeau hump, now we need someone to get us over the Lewis hump.

    OK, I’ve ranted enough. I could go on, but I’ll save that for another time.