Anti-haley is getting old... we get it already... but hes not going any where. So save your breath.
maybe its time to start scouting new boards...
Had Ben recognized the coverage, he would've/should've hot routed the inside WR, or the TE into the soft zone in the middle of the field.
Even without the audible, the play is designed to allow Wallace to catch the ball in space and beat his man. Wallace, however, is terrible at beating a jam and gets eaten up for 4 yards effectively removing him from the play.
The Paulson route is not really "deep". It's a simple TE Corner, and based on the pre-snap coverage, Ben should've diagnosed this option to be his first read.
The only "fault" in the playcall, is that it expects blitz and doesn't get it. However, it's the QBs job to make that diagnosis and either audible or get a hot call in before the snap. When the Bengals front shows cover 0, the playcall is good. Either Paulson is going to be Wide Open, or you expect one of your 2 WRs to be able to beat single/press.
Ben had 7 seconds after Cinci dropped their cover 0 front and went into a press cover 2 shell. The Field General didn't get the job done.
It's good to be back!
Good. Give Brown and Sanders more room to work. If Wallace runs deep who knows, maybe they grab him and he draws 5 yards and a flag.The Bengals showed cover 0, and before the snap dropped into a typical cover 2 allignment, with man press coverage on the WRs. Running wallace deep would've simply run him into double coverage.
Having him run a 5 yard route on 3rd and 8 was pointless.
And that's the reason he's not coming back, and why no legitimate free agent WR will sign here for big money.
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