“As we start another regular season of the NFL, I want you all to know a harsh truth that not everyone associated with this game realizes: players don’t really change.”
Here we are again.
Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals front five on offense were the primary culprits of the team’s 20-0 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Some may place the blame solely on one or the other, but it truly was a conjoined effort by the two entities.
For every problem, there is a catalyst that sparks it. After watching the first drive of the game, it was clear what caused the wheels to inevitably fall off.
The second and third plays of the game, the tone was set.
It truly is remarkable how Russell Bodine consistently never wins at first contact or gets any leverage in his set, ever. We talk about tangible assets a lot around draft season for offensive lineman; arm length, hand size, etc. One of the most important physical attributes an interior lineman can have is grip strength.
How well can you lock onto your man and dictate and negate his movement at the pinnacle of contact likely makes or breaks the rep. Bodine has no control of nose tackle Brandon Williams here. His hands are too far outside and he doesn’t have the length or power to fight off Williams’s reach. His hands are rendered useless along with his sorry attempt of re-anchoring. You can see how he attempts to chop Williams away, but at this point he’s in an extremely vulnerable position 5 yards in the backfield.
Next play it’s Ogbuehi’s turn. At this point, I might be convinced Ogbuehi has wired his set to be reactionary…
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