The Bengals cannot continue to shoot themselves in the foot. The penalty line on Sunday read: NE 0-0, Bengals 7-59. While I will say the Gilberry penalty was crap, that still would leave 6-44, aka too many. At some point, penalties are going to kill this team if they do not cut them out.
The off sides on Crocker sticks out from yesterday – it was unnecessary and just a bad play that could have cost the team the game, as it extended the final drive. On a side note though, I find it unbelievable that the Patriots had 0 penalties – some may say they just play fundamental football, and while that may be the case, I do not believe an NFL team can play a game without a penalty…unless of course you are the Patriots or Steelers.
The Jekyl and Hyde 2013 Bengals
How does a team beat the Packers and Patriots, yet lose to the Browns? And, as much as I love Mike Zimmer and this defense, I have to wonder how a defense completely shuts down Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, yet in between those two games, they allow Brian Hoyer to navigate two 90+ yard TD drives, including a game clincher?
That, to me, screams focus and discipline, and to me, that is (at least in large part) the fault of coaching.
Roughing the Passer Call on Wallace Gilberry
Not sure if any other QB gets that call, but regardless, it is becoming embarrassing how the NFL is calling the roughing the passer and helmet-to-helmet hits. It has gotten to the point where the defensive players get flagged no matter what they do. Yes, Gilberry’s hand did “graze” Brady’s helmet, so by the letter of the law, it may be a penalty, but it was a “graze” at most, it is not the typed of play the NFL is trying to cut out of the game, and to make such a weak call in such a crucial situation is embarrassing.