Have The Coaches Killed The Flame?
Where has the fire gone? Remember that feisty edge the Bengals used to have when they played defense? Somehow, it seems to have vanished. When Vontaze Burfict arrived back for Week 4 and the Phins, the energy level was high. Sunday’s showing was completely baffling.
When Bengals brass was faced with the departures of key coaches, the assured the fan base things would be fine. So far, the only consistent attribute the defense is showing…is kindness. How many times have fans witnessed Bengals players helping the opponent after a tackle? Last year, this was something that was rarely seen. It used to be about intimidation…now it’s a friendly buddy system.
Has the fear of getting penalties been drummed into their heads? On one hand, that’s a good thing. Yet, when the intensity is buried, that can be counterproductive. I used a huge word to say it sucks.
Kevin Coyle was the scapegoat for the first two weeks. Now, the lack of passion has spread throughout the entire unit. If the new coaches are supposed to be the best at their craft, this Bengals team should be on par with last year’s top-tier squad.
Jacob Burney replaced former defensive line coach Jay Hayes after he left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jim Haslett has been in charge of the linebackers. The fire…is gone.
Marvin Lewis backed every hire. His statement about Burney was classic.
"“Jacob is a great taskmaster with tremendous experience. He started under Bill Belichick at Cleveland and has worked under some other great head coaches as well since he came into the league.”"
If Burney is such a taskmaster…why is the line underachieving? Meh. The results of the players only meeting may have the answers. As for now, it’s time to man up.