Despite a big win, there was plenty to be concerned about on Sunday.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis Fumble
All we heard about the BJGE signing was how the guy NEVER fumbles. In his 4 years and 536 touches in New England, he had exactly 0 fumbles. In his 2 years and 479 touches in Cincinnati, he has 5 fumbles (4 lost). His fumble on Sunday was huge. With the Bengals driving and already in easy FG range to seal the victory, BJGE coughed it up, leading to a SD FG which allowed them to pull back to one possession.
Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis talks to middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Why the coaches insist on replacing a more effective Vinnie Rey with a less effective Rey Maualuga is beyond me. Sure, he had 10 tackles and 1 sack (which I do not recall), but he also allowed a completion on what seemed like every ball thrown in his area (again), blew a coverage that led to San Diego’s only TD, and had at least one blatant missed tackle which I do recall.
I think this defense is better with the other Rey in the middle (Vinnie Rey), but unfortunately I don’t believe this coaching staff has the balls to make that move.
The Lack of a Full Back – Another game with Orson Charles being active. Another game where the only person not used at the FB position was Orson Charles. Peko was used again. Alex Smith used again. Hue Jackson’s pet project, not used once. It makes you wonder what happens when Pressley is activated.
Do they cut Pressley? Charles? Smith? Someone else? No matter what they do, having a “real FB” would be nice as the calendar moves to December.