Cincinnati Bengals: Five Players to Watch vs. the Titans
Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Yes, I’m naming a coach here because, inevitably at some point, everyone along the line will be responsible for blocking Titans’ defensive end/tackle Jurrell Casey. Casey is a potential dominant defensive lineman who can disrupt a game drastically. At 6’1″, 305 pounds, Casey is built similarly to Bengals’ defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Casey is similarly strong and athletic and used his talents to accumulate a career-high 10.5 sacks last year. The Titans love to be creative in utilizing him, so fans can expect to see Casey all along the line throughout the game; Bryan Broaddus of Cowboys.com does a nice job here showing the skill and versatility of Casey. Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander will need to have his troops ready to deal with Casey as he is arguably the biggest challenge the team has faced yet. Luckily, the Bengals face a division full of talented rushers and interior linemen, so the concept isn’t foreign to them. They performed wonderfully against the Ravens talented front seven and have managed to keep Dalton impeccably clean through two games.
If you notice, that tweet followed the Bengals game against the Falcons; their second game. An incredible stat like this should make fans confident in Alexander’s ability to prepare this line. He’ll need to be this focused for the Bengals’ upcoming opponent if they are to succeed in the running game while keeping Dalton from his first grass stain.