End of Half Management…Again – If a book is ever written about how not to manage timeouts and end-of-half situations, this Bengals coaching staff will most certainly be the authors. Down 27-7, the Bengals got the ball back on their own 20 yard line with 2 timeouts and 1:14 to play.
Plenty of time to get into FG range and the Bengals were in desperate need of points…any points. They come out throwing, which makes sense, but on 2nd down, after a Dalton scramble, the Bengals don’t call a timeout and let the clock run down. Then, after they convert on 3rd down, they call a timeout with just 21 seconds left.
After another completion to the Bengals 41, the Bengals then decide to let the clock run out with one timeout in their pocket. I have never been more confused as to what a team was doing at the end of a half, and to be honest, I am not sure the Bengals knew what they were doing either.
BJGE – He has never offered anything in the passing game. In 2013, he is offering very little in the running game (3.4 ypc). But, he has always been able to pick up the short yardage situations, right? Not so much.
I don’t have the stats on his 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1 conversion percentage this year, but my eyes tell me it isn’t good and therefore my brain tells me BJGE is serving very little purpose on this team right now.
Jermaine Gresham – In my 32 years, I have never been more nervous when a guy has the ball than when Gresham has the ball. I simply root for him to go to the ground with the ball in his hands. Too many times he does not.
I am amazed how a guy is 6’5” 260 lbs and has such issues holding onto a football. While his fumble did not lead to Pittsburgh points, it may have cost the Bengals precious points. How Gresham has made 2 Pro Bowls is beyond comprehension to me.
I see no way the Bengals bring him back once his rookie contract is up.