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Round table: Bengals who need to step-up

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Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) calls out a play during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Browns beat the Bengals 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Ty Mercurio

Every single player has some issues on this team, but mostly just a little more focus by everyone. Andy needs to progress through his reads better. A.J. is doing fine. The secondary receivers are playing very well, and the pass defense is good as well.

I will say the weakness seams to be the rushing defense and the penalties. The defense seams to give up bigger holes in the blocking schemes for other teams, and penalties are just killing drives and the ability to put games away.

The biggest issue that I have is with the coaching staff. All three of the “Big Guys” are sporadic to say the least. Mike Zimmer can shut down Tom Brady and Aaron Rogers, then struggles with Brian Hoyer and Thad Lewis. Gruden has all of these weapons, but under utilizes them. I have seen very little production from Tyler Eifert this season. Then we get to Marvin Lewis. Play Calling, Play Calling, Play Calling.

How many times do we have to watch the Bengals mess around on first down to only watch us do okay on second and struggle on third? Too many negative or menial plays on first down limit this team.

Joe Johnson

Adam Jones needs to step up in a hurry. He nearly lost the game for us Sunday because he can’t seem to keep up with receivers. It has been like this a lot this season. This team isn’t at all deep at cornerback, so we really have to leave him on the field. He needs to stop getting burned and actually do his job……..or he can be stuck returning punts for a living.