1) The secondary - If the secondary covered anybody today I didn’t see it. Andy Dalton stood there and dissected the defense to the tune of 19/30 for 325 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. Marvin Jones had eight receptions for 122 yards and four touchdowns and was open on every play. AJ Green caught 2-53 yard bombs over Antonio Cromartie who was in a chase position all day. Drops by Sanu and Green prevented Dalton’s numbers from being even higher. With all of the deep throws there were no safeties in sight. Dawan Landry was invisible and Allen was attempting to cover Gresham and Eifert. Kyle Wilson was just there and trailed along with Cromartie on one of Green’s catches. Darrin Walls came in late in the 2nd quarter to help on Jones but still allowed the touchdown. There is someone else I am not mentioning because he gets his own section later.
2) The offensive line - 1.85 yards per rush before garbage time, four sacks, seven quarterback hits and many, many pressures allowed made this an ugly game for the line. Coming in we knew the Bengals had a very good front seven but today they were dominant. Geno Atkins had a sack, a tackle for loss and three quarterback hits. Between his sack and Thompson’s it was clear they were targeting Brian Winters and Winters was not up to the challenge. Between Smith and Mangold the offensive line shifts were off and Reggie Nelson came free for a sack and another quarterback hit, Crocker came free to stop a 3rd and 1 run and on at least 3 occasions a free rusher came and made Smith throw the ball away without the play having a chance. Winters needs to start improving or it will break the rest of the line who are cheating over to cover for him.
3) Quinton Coples - Didn’t we used to have a player on the team named Quinton Coples? Coples was nowhere to be found. He was active then he wasn’t there. He just hasn’t been the same player since his surgery for the hairline fracture in his ankle and now he doesn’t show up at all. Is he healthy? Is it his attitude? Somebody put out an APB out on him because the Jets need him. They needed a pass rusher today and they got nothing.
1) Dee Milliner - Milliner deserves his own section because, at this point in his career, he is clueless. He has no idea where the ball is, he is faked out easily on double moves and is a liability wherever he is put right now. On one specific play Marvin Jones caught the ball in front of him, juked, then Milliner couldn’t figure out where Jones was or find an angle to tackle him before the safeties had to save a touchdown. Now I would not bench him entirely because if he doesn’t play he will not develop but he needs to split snaps with Walls. Walls is clearly better now but Milliner has a higher ceiling.