Re: Benny Watch
posted at 12/13/2012 10:31 PM EST
In response to RockScully's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
Benny deserves kudos for stronger performances in the past four weeks after some weak performances earlier in the season. But it's a myth that the Bengals offensive line is poor. In fact, they are rated one of the better lines in the league this year. They had injuries, but the back-ups have turned out to be better than the projected starters.
Here's what ESPN is saying:
Kyle Cook, the Bengals' starting center, suffered a high-ankle sprain in the preseason and has yet to play one snap in the regular season. Left guard Travelle Wharton, the team's first free-agent signing, went down with a season-ending knee injury on the opening series of the preseason opener.
Instead of making excuses, the Bengals filled those voids and put together one of the top offensive lines in the NFL this season. According to Pro Football Focus, the Bengals have the fourth-best offensive line in the league, trailing only the 49ers, Patriots and Saints. Cincinnati's line is rated the second-best in pass protection and 16th in run blocking.
Here's Pete Prisco:
One of the most improved units in the NFL the past month has to be the Cincinnati Bengals'offensive line.
Some of that has to do with the insertion of rookie center Trevor Robinson, who is a clear upgrade over Jeff Faine. But the real reason is the play of right tackle Andre Smith.
He has become a real force in the run game, and he's improved greatly in pass protection. The former first-round pick has been known more for being out of shape than his work on the field, but he has quietly elevated his game to a Pro Bowl level.
And this also from ESPN:
It took 10 games for the Cincinnati Bengals to get running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis over 100 yards. Now, he's gone over that mark in back-to-back weeks for the first time of his career.
Green-Ellis produced a season-high 129 yards rushing last Sunday, which included two of the longest runs of his career (48 and 39 yards).
So, what's the reason behind the Bengals' improved run game? The offensive line.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Green-Ellis rushed for 96 yards before contact against the Raiders, his highest total of the season. That shows how much the blocking up front has opened clear running lanes for Green-Ellis.
In his previous 10 games, Green-Ellis had gained over 96 rushing yards total (before and after contact) just once. This is the most yards before contact for Green-Ellis since the start of the 2009 season.
So Emmit Smith wasn't as good due to his O Line? What a pathetic argument. The fact is, BJGE started this season with a disaster on the O Line. Glad they got it figured it to give him a chance.
Nighty night Prolate/Brady Panties:
Injuries hit Bengals on offensive line The Sports XchangeAug. 14, 2012 3:59 AM ET
Going into the preseason many considered a veteran offensive line to be one of the strengths for the Cincinnati Bengals. That will be put to the test though after an injury to one of their starters.
On the third offensive play of a 17-6 win over the New York Jets, left guard Travelle Wharton was lost for the season when he injured his right knee. Wharton was the team's first signing of free agency during the recent offseason and was instantly plugged in at left guard.
For a team that is usually bit by the injury bug during the regular season, this is the first significant injury to a starter in three years. In 2009, tight end Reggie Kelly tore his Achilles four days into training camp.
Wharton was signed because his main strength was run blocking. The past two seasons the Bengals have been in the lower quarter of the league in average yards per carry. They also drafted Kevin Zeitler in the first round to take over at right guard and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis to take the place of Cedric Benson.
The first option to replace Wharton will be second-year player Clint Boling, who took snaps at left guard in the Jets game after Wharton was injured. Boling has shown improvement during camp after struggling during his rookie season. When Bobbie Williams was suspended the first four games for a violation of the league's policy for performance enhancing substances, Boling started the first three games at right guard but struggled and was pulled. After Williams returned, Boling saw only one snap the rest of the season.
One reason for Boling's improvement during camp is that he has become better on his feet and is now more of a knee bender.
Another possibility is Otis Hudson, who is in his third year with the team but technically is a second-year player after being on the practice squad most of last year. Offensive line coach Paul Alexander thought Hudson was having a good training camp last year until he suffered a knee injury. It has also been a pattern of both the Bengals and Alexander's that their linemen who are picked in the later rounds don't develop until their third year.
Rookie free agent Trevor Robinson is also on the roster and has versatility at center. Another possibility is backup tackle Anthony Collins. Many thought that Collins would be moved to guard during the offseason because he is one of the better pass blockers on the team, but Alexander has repeatedly said Collins is better suited for tackle.
The last options would be to sign someone -- the top two current street free agents are Jake Scott and Montrae Holland -- or do like they did last year and wait until the final round of preseason cuts when they can claim someone on waivers. Mike McGlynn, who is now with the Colts, ended up starting four games last season after being released by the Eagles.
Wharton is in the first year of a three-year deal, but this is his second major knee injury. The other instance was in the 2006 regular-season opener with Carolina when he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee.
As for the other new starter at guard, Zeitler has struggled throughout training camp but did a better job against the Jets. One reason why Zeitler hasn't looked good in camp is that he is going up against All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins every day.
Said Zeitler in assessing the Jets game: "I don't have my football legs under me yet. Camp is one thing. I was just falling around too much. We had a drive that went pretty well. So everything was a good first experience, but a long ways to yet, and Atlanta will be a nice challenge."
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Did any of this mention the Bungles have played teams with a combined 21-43 record in the last 5 games?
Funny how things get better when you're playing the dregs of the NFL. LMAO@U
But if Brady doesn't put up a 127 against the last team standing from the NFC in the SB you blame him for the loss. Learn the game you idiot.