A few hours after left tackle
Green, the three-time Pro Bowler, had a 63-yard touchdown pass called back because they ruled he pushed off for offensive pass interference, and it happened later in practice to nullify another big gain. He’s had five OPIs in his career and had two all last year.
A skeleton NFL crew has been in town the past few days helping the Bengals through points the league wants emphasized this season:
Crackdown on pushoffs at the top of the route by wide receivers.
Hand to face, neck and head, even briefly, are to be penalized.
Defensive backs contact beyond five yards watched more closely.
Grabbing by defensive backs enforced more even within five yards of line of scrimmage.
Slightest move on line of scrimmage could be false start.
Whitworth is having trouble with the second one and has talked to the officials this week about it. Green had trouble with the first one Saturday.
“It’s going to be an adjustment. I want to go back and see the plays. I thought the officials called it really close,” said Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. “ It takes it to a whole different level for us as far as watching it and making sure we pay attention to it, because we don’t want to create bad habit patterns for ourselves. We’ll take a real close look at it and see what we can do better.”
Receivers aren’t supposed to lure defenders into defensive pass interference, but Jackson thinks Green was clean on that.
“There’s a point in there where the defensive back can be physical and the receiver can be physical, but we don’t want to be pushing off,” Jackson said. “What we want to do is be very aggressive to and through the ball, but not the point to where we might draw penalties. I don’t think A.J. was trying to, again I think the official was really judging that very closely.”
Green is adamant. He’s not changing anything about his game.
“They were riding me, so I had to get them off,” Green said. “If they can hold us, why can’t we get them off us and knock their hands down?”
Green said if they follow through and call it that closely this season, “it will be tough. It’s going to be tough. It’s the same mindset of defensive backs coaches coaching DBs like they’re not going to call every holding call. I’ve been doing this for four years and it never got called.”
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Quarterback
This was Jackson’s “Uncle Andy.” Sometimes, Jackson says, you have to say, ‘Uncle,’ and take the sack or an incompletion, anything but an interception. When the pocket broke down, Dalton moved left and then gunned a ball off the foot of a wide receiver heading out of bounds.
“That was a great throwaway when we were backed up,” Jackson said. “There were times in the past the ball might have gone someplace else. “
There might have been an even better example earlier. Jackson really liked it when he had a pass called, but it broke down when the defensive end suddenly came up field. He tucked it and followed Bernard through his track up the middle for about a six-yard rush.
PLAY OF THE DAY: Green beat cornerback
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Dalton, when asked if that 63-yarder was a TD: “Come on. It was a touchdown. There were a couple of those where we’ll have to go back and look at those and see what kind of calls they were. I thought he did a good job of getting open and making a play.”
NOT A SNAP: One thing that had Jackson grousing was another high snap from rookie first-team center
“We’ve got to get that solved,” Jackson said. “We can’t have that happen. If it’s the one thing I’ve been disappointed about, it’s that. We can’t play football snapping it over the quarterback’s head.”
SLANTS AND SCREENS: The first defense gave up some big pass plays to backup quarterback
The biggest play, a 50-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to free-agent rookie wide receiver
Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and cornerbacks coach Vance Joseph said it was a lack of communication and a blown coverage. They were split up for this exercise on different sidelines and that was a contributing factor.
“I thought last night we performed a lot better,” Guenther said. “One of the disappointing things we had happen is we had a miscommunication on a coverage and you can’t have that. We left him wide open and we didn’t get it communicated. We need to clear that up.
“There were some encouraging things out there. I thought some of the guys played real well. Last night was more of a live situation and coming back (is tough), but we have to compete in every situation. They’re going to complete some balls every now and again and we just have to go on to the next one. We have to make sure we communicate, that’s why you have exercises like this.”
Overall, Joseph has been pleased with corner play that has been very good so far.
“It’s been solid. Guys are playing the technique. Everything is being contested. The rest you can fix,” Joseph said. “The technique gets you close in coverage and that’s what we’ve been doing.
“The miscommunication shouldn’t happen,” Joseph said. “But its preventable with the full staffs together.” …
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