Offense To Blame For Bengals’ Stunning Loss

Posted: 14th September 2009 by David Campbell in NFL
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It’s been over 24 hours since the Cincinnati Bengals’ stunning last-second loss to the Denver Broncos and the focus has been placed squarely on the Bengals’ secondary. Never mind that the defense had limited Denver to just over 200 yards total up until that point or that Brandon Stokley and Brandon Marshal had combined for exactly four catches, all by Marshall. Every pundit, every fan and every “expert” has taken their shots at the team’s defensive backs. Leon Hall should have knocked the ball down, they said. The safeties should have been playing back, they said. Somebody should have been shadowing Stokley, they said. What’s lost in the conversation is not only is the criticism of the secondary flat-out wrong, but it also takes the blame away from ...

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