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https://www.cincyjungle.com/2018/12/5/18109379/comparing-bengals-players-to-other-nfl-stars

There is a lot of talent on this roster that is simply waiting to be used properly. 

By Matt Minich@CoachMinich  Dec 5, 2018, 7:00am EST
 

A promising start for the Bengals has dissolved into another miserable season. 

While the most competitive teams are finding creative ways to use their best player, the Bengals are wasting the prime and years of their young players. Here are some of the players they are underutilizing and players on other NFL teams who the Bengals should use them like.

Joe Mixon - Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints

Mixon has averaged 15.4 carries per game this season which is two more than Kamara. The Saints, however, use Kamara as an integral part of their pass game. They target him seven times per game, whereas the Bengals target Mixon only 4.2 times per game. 

Mixon is an excellent receiver, They should use him as a wide receiver and in the screen game, but these are not pillars of their offense. Mixon is capable of having as big of an impact as Kamarahas on his offense. The Bengals need to get him the ball in the pass game. (I am not going to beat this one to death, as I wrote a marathon of an article earlier in the year on all the ways the Bengals should be using Mixon). 

Giovani Bernard - Tarik Cohen - Chicago Bears

Speaking of players the Bengals need to get the ball to in the pass game, the Bengals do not use Bernard correctly either. Playing in eight games, he has only had more than six carries in two of them, and he has had two carries or less in four games. 

Bernard is known as their passing down back, but they don’t even use him properly in that role. He only has 4.6 targets per game. He is basically there to pass block and catch screen passes in really obvious screen situations. Bernard and Mixon don’t take the field together with one lining up at receiver, despite the fact that they are both skilled receivers. 

Some would point to Bernard’s size as a reason he can only be used in certain ways, but Cohen is three inches shorter and 24 pounds lighter. The Bears use Cohen extensively in the pass game. He averages over six carries and over six targets per game. It is not just the volume, they also put Cohen in positions to make big plays. For example, they love to wheel him out of the backfield and throw him deep balls. The Bengals should look to the capitalize on Bernard’s talent by using him more like the Bears use Cohen, and not in the outdated way they try to use him. 

John Ross - Tyreek Hill - Kansas City Chiefs

No, he’s not a bust. He hasn’t even had the opportunity to be a bust. Ross is the fastest man in the history of the NFL combine, and the Bengals refuse to create opportunities for him to touch the ball. 

Sending  Hill deep to “stretch the defense” is a method of using his talents, but it shouldn’t be the only one. The Chiefs get Hill the ball on short passes and allow him to use his speed with the ball in his hands, throw him screens, and even have given him 15 carries this season. 

The Bengals did a good job using A.J. Green in the slot this season and have used Tyler Boydeffectively as well. If they would have gotten Ross the ball in position to make plays, they could have had a far more explosive passing game.

Carl Lawson - Bradley Chubb - Denver Broncos

I wrote an article in the summer after Marvin Lewis said “more was less” for Lawson. Despite Lewis’ statement, nobody believed me when I said that Lawson’s role would not increase in season two. 

Well, it didn’t. Lawson played over 50 percent of the Bengals defensive snaps in only two games before getting hurt. Broncos rookie Bradley Chubb played in less than 70 percent of Broncos snaps only once this season, and he has 10 sacks and counting. Lawson was a stud pass rusher as a rookie, but he only had one sack before getting injured this season. Lawson needed more opportunities to get to the quarterback. 

Jeff Driskel - Taysom Hill - New Orleans Saints

Sean Payton is one of the best coaches in the league, but taking the ball out of Drew Brees’ hands does not make a lot of sense. However, taking the ball out of Andy Dalton’s hands is perfectly acceptable. 

Driskel showed has shown he can do some things athletically. Using the talents of their backup quarterback would be a very progressive and creative way for the Bengals to help their offense, which is of course why they would probably never think of it.

The Bengals have a lot of talent, but do a poor job of using it. If they are ever going to compete with the best teams in the league, they need to make better use of that they have.

That is what the league’s top teams do.

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Since Mikey took over the words creativity have seldom been heard in the organization. 

 

The article speaks to coaching and ML is useless at utilizing players to the best of their abilities. Zimmer was great at it and Hue and Gruden were pretty good but ML and Lazor of of no use.

 

In business, this is called 'Talent Management" - finding the best skills your employees have and finding ways to best utilize them. 

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Giovanni Bernard is being horribly misused. AT least once a game I scream at the TV, (or in Chat when I'm there), "Why are they running him up the middle? That is not what he does!" He needs to be bouncing outside more or be used more in misdirection plays and used in the receiving game. Up the middle is Joe Mixon's specialty. I wouldn't say that Mixon is being misused-he's just not being used enough. 

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16 minutes ago, Shebengal said:

Giovanni Bernard is being horribly misused. AT least once a game I scream at the TV, (or in Chat when I'm there), "Why are they running him up the middle? That is not what he does!" He needs to be bouncing outside more or be used more in misdirection plays and used in the receiving game. Up the middle is Joe Mixon's specialty. I wouldn't say that Mixon is being misused-he's just not being used enough. 

I agree completely. This team has ROYALLY pissed me off this season for shit like this. The last few games you don't have AJ Green, now you don't have Andy Dalton...so who's then the best player on the field on offense? Why, it's Mr Joe Mixon! In the last game, he had only 12 carries...for 82 yards! That's 6.8 YPC! We were only down 7-3 at the half...so not only was he being underused, he was SHOWING you WHY you should use him MORE, not less.

 

Auden Tate and John Ross are other examples. We get super thin at WR, and Tate's inactive, or if he is, you barely use him. Why is he not being thrown the ball more in redzone situations, ESPECIALLY since we're so short at the TE position? He's your tallest leaper on the field, throw him some damn jump balls!

 

And I know Ross has been hurt, but the article is right...why is it so hard to create a handful of package plays for Ross and actually execute those plays a few times a game?

 

Our offensive playcalling sucks. Our whole team sucks.

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59 minutes ago, Bunghole said:

I agree completely. This team has ROYALLY pissed me off this season for shit like this. The last few games you don't have AJ Green, now you don't have Andy Dalton...so who's then the best player on the field on offense? Why, it's Mr Joe Mixon! In the last game, he had only 12 carries...for 82 yards! That's 6.8 YPC! We were only down 7-3 at the half...so not only was he being underused, he was SHOWING you WHY you should use him MORE, not less.

 

Auden Tate and John Ross are other examples. We get super thin at WR, and Tate's inactive, or if he is, you barely use him. Why is he not being thrown the ball more in redzone situations, ESPECIALLY since we're so short at the TE position? He's your tallest leaper on the field, throw him some damn jump balls!

 

And I know Ross has been hurt, but the article is right...why is it so hard to create a handful of package plays for Ross and actually execute those plays a few times a game?

 

Our offensive playcalling sucks. Our whole team sucks.

 

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4 minutes ago, I_C_Deadpeople said:

Look how the Pats used Burkhead and even Flowers (yes they cut him but he started on their SB team last year). We kept Hill and let Burkehead go which was so dumb. 

Burkhead was never gonna work out here no matter anyway. No creativity in our gameplans for Idk how many years now. We've had so many talented rosters on paper and done shit with them. I know there are many teams each year that deal with many injuries and high ir rate. Our team however seems to be consistently high in these categories year after year.

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And this is why Bill Lazor has to go. Yes, the Bengals have clear deficiencies on the offensive line but there is ZERO creativity in their game plan nor an attempt to utilize their player's strengths. There is talent here. It's just not being used effectively. Lazor's game planning fucking blows. 

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Funny, I did a breakdown for my cousin the other stating a lot of those points. He’s a Vikings fan and going through the same shit on a lesser level 🤷🏻‍♂️

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12 hours ago, BengalFanInTO said:

And this is why Bill Lazor has to go. Yes, the Bengals have clear deficiencies on the offensive line but there is ZERO creativity in their game plan nor an attempt to utilize their player's strengths. There is talent here. It's just not being used effectively. Lazor's game planning fucking blows. 

Our games remind me of pre Tressel OSU football vs the SEC or FSU/Miami. It reminds me of watching old black and white NBA highlights of Bob Petiit or George Mikan. 

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11 hours ago, Catfish Bob said:

Unless Mixon has a broken leg Gio needs to be on the bench. 

Gio is the second best receiver on the current roster. 

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11 hours ago, Catfish Bob said:

Unless Mixon has a broken leg Gio needs to be on the bench. 

Not so much.

I think Gio is a valuable member of this team 

but should be used differently.

Specifically, don't try to run him up the middle

especially on third and long.

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28 minutes ago, High School Harry said:

 

Specifically, don't try to run him up the middle

especially on third and long.

That's creativity. No one will ever expect that.:ninja:

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37 minutes ago, schotzee said:

That's creativity. No one will ever expect that.:ninja:

Bob Bratkowski: "Have you thought about a shovel pass? That shit ALWAYS works."

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20 minutes ago, LostInDaJungle said:

Bob Bratkowski: "Have you thought about a shovel pass? That shit ALWAYS works."

Yep and if it doesn't it's bc all those short armed liney bastards weren't doing their job of blocking.:shakesfist:

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27 minutes ago, schotzee said:

Yep and if it doesn't it's bc all those short armed liney bastards weren't doing their job of blocking.:shakesfist:

Haters

 

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And from today's Enquirer:

 

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2018/12/05/cincinnati-bengals-should-joe-mixon-carrying-ball-more/2218806002/

 

Since our defense is so putrid, I would say the best defense this Sunday would be keeping the Charger offense off of the field and running the ball will do that. 

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