Paul Guenther is on Thin Ice

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Nov 30, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defnesuve coordinator Paul Guenther reacts during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 30, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defnesuve coordinator Paul Guenther reacts during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Paul Guenther is on Thin Ice
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It’s Not Too Late to Repair the Season

The Patriots wait with a fresh Tom Brady and a bruising running game for the struggling Bengals defense.  With the odds stacked against them, the Bengals can repair their season starting this Sunday.  It may be too early in the season to call this game a must-win but there must be improvements made this week.  With 10 days to prepare for a Rookie QB and Rookie RB the Bengals fell flat on their face.  Now, they have to face the best Coach/QB combo in the history of the NFL and a healthy Rob Gronkowski.  Victories can never be guaranteed in the NFL but Paul Guenther must ensure that his defense is much more prepared this week.  Much like life, the Bengals defensive fix must come from the inside out.

The way to beat Tom Brady is also the weakness of the Bengals defensive: inside pressure.  When defenses bring outside pressure on Brady, he gets rid of the ball so fast he is rarely hit.  However, when successfully blitzed up the middle there is hope for opposing defenses.  Brady and other pocket statues hate not being able to step up in the pocket.  Any immobile QB wants to plant their 3, 5 or 7 step drop and throw immediately.  For the Bengals, their inability to stop the run or get inside pressure has led to mediocre defense all year.  If the Bengals can bring Burfict up the middle or use D-line stunts to get Dunlap and Johnson deep in the interior they have a chance to not only beat the Patriots but to repair the season as well.

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