This game will show Wink's caliber. Either he changes and proves he's no Pees, or it's more of the same.
We saw the Pass Rush stall and utilized no rotation.
We saw the Bengals exploit mismatches and did nothing to adapt.
Tavon Young is a great corner, but 10 yards off in the slot against AJ Green with no safety help is pushing things...as we all saw. I don't know when our coordinators are finally going to get that teams won't give us what we want. They aren't going to run at Pierce and Williams. They aren't going to just stand in the pocket and let our corners ride their wide outs for 7 seconds, letting a gassed front work their way to the QB. It's going to be quick passes, crossing routes, hurry up to prevent DI subs, and working mismatches. There is a blueprint out on how to best attack our defense. Either we adapt to it or squander the potential we have on that side of the ball.
Judon is an issue. I knew his production last year was overwhelmingly off of cleanup, stunts, and coverage, but I thought he could take a step forward and he just hasn't. He's been a ghost out there, and isn't producing even when fresh. Judon tires the quickest out of all our OLBs to begin with too, so if he isn't producing.....why is he given all of the snaps? He isn't a better pass rusher then Tyus or Tim, and doesn't compare in coverage ability to Bowser either. It looks like Judon is what I thought. He's great at blowing up screen passes, a C+ pass rusher when used in a rotation and a high quality pass rush tool for stunts and exotic blitzes. Add in that he's a 5th round pick, and the priority he's been awarded is quite puzzling. Especially when Tim Williams is producing on such a low opportunity level. Bowser and Williams aren't Rookies anymore, they aren't liabilities against the run, and Judon is performing at an average level. There is no reasoning for them not to play, and it's gone from frustrating to an embarrassing blemish on the Franchise. lol We're going out of our way to not play our 2nd and 3rd round Pass Rushers....when generating a pass rush has become a huge issue crippling our defense. Insane.
On offense I think we force the ball to Collins. With Screens, and Roman digging deep to overcome our line.