Bengals: Preseason Week 2 Takeaways

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Aug 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach

Marvin Lewis

on the sidelines during the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Team Issues

The Bengals’ main issue is coaching; although coaches want to limit the plays they call to a select few, Paul Guenther hasn’t been able to help the defensive unit overachieve quite like former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was able to. Guenther needs to dial up some blitzes; he has reliable corners and safeties to back him up if opposing quarterbacks manage to get passes off. Guenther also needs to keep more defensive backs on the field; the Bengals’ linebackers look disastrous in coverage and don’t provide much in the pass rush either.

Marvin Lewis also needs to step his game up. Roster bubble players don’t seem like they really want to earn a spot on the roster; I’m sure they all want to make the team in their own minds, but no one has been particularly impressive outside of the starters in last week’s game. Making cuts this week should be difficult for the staff, and the Bengals are going to lose some good players. The players who remain on the roster will need to come to next week’s matchup ready to go and eager to prove themselves to Cincinnati’s coaches.

Overall, their performance was one to forget. The offense’s three best players all performed poorly, our recently healthy tight end took a shot that looked like it could re-aggrivate his injury (although it didn’t) and the rest of the team didn’t seem to care whether it won or lost.

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