Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Most defenses recently haven't had a difficult time stopping the Bengals.
A huge reason for the disappointing season thus far is that teams no longer feel pressured by the Bengals offense. There isn't the fear that getting off to a sluggish start could find a team down by 10-14 points in a hurry on a few quick strikes by the Bengals. This is leading to more controlled play by opposing offenses, ball control, and a lack of turnover-opportunities for the Bengals defense.
Dave Lapham was talking up this very point the other day. And I think that injuries, and losing Thurman, has hurt their defense.
But they also have some "personalities" on this squad that are very competitive. A good thing, and acceptable, by the fans when one is winning. But trouble, and a problem to team unity when things aren't going well. And we've heard that being expressed by several prominent Bengal players via the media in the last few weeks. When you've got guys like Anderson, Rudi, and a few others venting like they are, that tells you something.
And I respect Marvin Lewis. He at times shows strong leadership, such as his handling of Chris Henry. But at times he is also inconsistent and seems at a loss at what to do to get a handle on the situation.