Focus Point No. 2 – Effort
The number of plays ruined due to the poor effort by players was unacceptable. It’s one thing to get outplayed, but it’s another to see players visibly give up on the field or to see a wide receiver quit on a rout believing he isn’t receiving the ball only to have it come his way and it gets intercepted. When the Bengals fell behind the Saints 35-7 at home in the first half, it was evident the team didn’t want to be out there in the second half. We saw poor effort and players just going through the motions when things weren’t going their way too often in 2018. Hopefully, a change of voice in the locker room will help this particular problem.