Re: SHOULD Chuck Bresnahan keep his job?
The talent arguement holds water. This teams' most athletic and talented linebackers are currently suspended and heading to retirement respectively. This defense has been gashed by underneath and intermediate routes all year. God bless Caleb Miller, but he is absolutely lost in pass coverage. Ahmed Brooks, is a physical freak but he was not ready for the NFL yet, I look for a ton of improvement from him next year. This team must come up with at least one more linebacker, and possibly and I mean this is a real dilemma, give Thurman another chance. This defense was built for a fast linebacker to flow to the ball, and to clean up, ala Ray Lewis. The lack of fast good linebackers has been the downfall of the defense. Pollack was supposed to provide the pass rushing option from the OLB position. Has a linebacker even gotten free on the QB since he went down? I can't remember seeing it happen. Compounding this is the fact that Justin Smith has hit his free agent year. Normally I would say let him walk, but the Bengals are faced with the prospect of having to come up with a starting defensive end, and a OLB, and a MLB. Simmons, is old slow and steady. Not terms you like to see on your linebackers. Landon Johnson is just fine.
I am not saying that Bresnahan is without blame, but this has been a talent issue. This team first got wind of Thurman's problems, at mini camp, and then the big blow came after the Steeler game. Thurman adds the swagger, and the playmaking ability. Name one other player that has his energy that we have seen in Cincinnati since David Fulcher and Tim Krumrie on defense.
Whenever you get mad over a called strike or ball on a close pitch, it's the equivalent of being mad at the QB pump-faking one time before throwing a pass in your average NFL game. ---Caveat Emperor