Updated: 5:30 p.m.
The Bengals may be 1-1, but defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer isn’t happy this week as they prepare for Sunday's game in Washington (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) following his unit's worst back-to-back showing in his five years with the club.
“There may be more coming. I’m not going to stand pat for this,” Zimmer said. "It’s everything. Technique, discipline, effort, responsibilities, everything. It’s a big problem.”
Six days after surrendering 430 yards in Baltimore the Bengals gave up 439 more in Sunday's 34-27 victory over the Browns at Paul Brown Stadium marking the most yards allowed in consecutive games. They are the fifth and seventh biggest games under Zimmer as offenses continue to attack the middle of the field.
These are numbers of which he simply isn't accustomed in molding defenses that have finished 12th, fourth, 15th and seventh in the four previous seasons.
"Every aspect of it surprises me,” said Zimmer, who went into Sunday's game with nine starters from last season but lost his best linebacker for the year when WILL backer
Zimmer really wasn't pleased with Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson's 32-yard untouched touchdown run.
“It’s bad. They ran the one touchdown we made more guys in the box than they could block so it’s undisciplined, technique," he said. "All of it.”
According to NFL stats, the Bengals are ranked 25th, 28th and 30th on short passes to the left, middle and right, respectively, and in the running game they are ranked 27th and 29th on rushes over the guard.
It's unclear where he could make the next move. While a lot of scrutiny is on middle linebacker
"Like all of them,” said Zimmer, when asked about Maualuga's progress.
The absence of left end
(Indications are it's not going to be former Bengal Jon Fanene at this point.)
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis wouldn't talk about Anderson's injury Monday, but it's feared he suffered a season-ender and the Bengals are going to need an end for this Sunday with
The big thing is that right end
In the first two games the Bengals have allowed 11 pass plays of 20 yards or more after allowing 47 last season, when they had a healthy seven-rotation on the line.
Lewis agrees with Zimmer. The defense has to regroup.
"You can't win many football games in the National Football League when you give up whatever we gave up in points yesterday," he said. "I know that for a fact. It's difficult to score as many as we scored. You have to play better on defense and you can't give up explosive plays like we did. The six explosive plays we gave up yesterday, you can't give those plays up – the run and five (plays) in the passing game like that. You're going to put yourself behind a lot. You've got to play better on third-down defense and third-down offense, in order to do it. It comes back to the same things all the time.”
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"He pulled the ball down instead of getting the ball thrown into coverage. He ended up taking some inadvertent sacks, but that was part of not being careless with the football. It gave us an opportunity to play the next snap, and we usually overcame those plays, which was good," Lewis said.
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On Saturday, Rey got a visit from the man on whom he's modeled his career, his Cincinnati roommate and former Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones. On Saturday, Jones brought the pilot for his TV talk show "In The Zone" to a taping in the PBS parking lots and Rey was a guest.
Jones also gave him some advice.
"He said 'Play hard,' and I know that sounds easy," Rey said. "But when you get wrapped up in the game, you can forget about it."
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