The Darn Clock Management
Here’s where you can take your pick. It seems to happen on a constant basis with Mr. Lewis. Remember that Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants? Can you remember that the Bengals were trailing 14-10 and needed some points before halftime? All they needed was a field goal. There was adequate time on the clock and the offense could have gotten in range for an attempt. Alas, that bug called clock management reared its evil head. The Bengals got nothing.
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Managing time was also a culprit in the playoff loss to the Steelers. On that rainy night, it seemed like the Bengals were going to finally get a break. AJ McCarron had tossed the go-ahead touchdown to A.J. Green.This was going to end triumphantly for the Stripes. Later, Vontaze Burfict looked like a hero when he picked off Landry Jones with less than two minutes left in the game. The curse was finally over.
Wait. We’re talking about bad clock management. It’s not over.
Instead of having McCarron take a knee to run out the time, Lewis wants revenge. Common sense screams to get the Steelers to burn timeouts then kick a field goal. In other words, just run out the darn clock. Lewis gives the green light for Jeremy Hill to run the ball. The rest is history. Chris Boswell kicks his fourth field goal of the night, with 14 seconds left on the clock. There’s no need to go on.
If there’s one quality that a new head coach “must” possess, upon taking the reigns in Cincinnati, it’s clock skills.