Re: Bresnahan speaks....
Not to bust your chops, Mario-Rijo, but I often see a lot of praise for Smith, Thornton, and Robinson from various sources. However, I also hear praise for Geathers and Peko, yet the Bengals DL consistently fails to get pressure on the QB.
You mentioned Smith, Thornton and Robinson as guys doing what they're supposed to and standing out as playmakers. Smith and Thornton I've always seen as role players rather than top money guys. They get paid as though they should be top performers. The problem with those guys, as I see it, is that other teams didn't seem to have to do a lot this season to neutralize them. Smith's problem on passing plays, as I saw it, was that his specialty was to bull rush from the outside. The problem is that tackles would just take a matador approach and guide him past the QB as the QB steps up in the pocket. Why could teams do that? Because there was no push up the middle to collapse the pocket. Who's up the middle? Thornton and Peko. While you don't necessarily expect Thornton and Peko to get a lot of sacks, you hope they get enough push to collapse the pocket so the QB can't step up and has to throw early or get sacked by Smith or Geathers. Even if Thornton is double-teamed, you'd like to see him push one of those guys back into the pocket to make things tight for the QB. If they can't get push up the middle, then Smith and Geathers at least need to have the ability to shed blockers and get to the QB. At least that's my rudimentary understanding of DL tactics on a non-blitzing pass play.
So if Smith, Thornton, and Robinson are doing what they're supposed to be doing, does that by elimination mean that Peko and Geathers are the weak links on the DL?
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