It appears like a storyline from “The Twilight Zone”, however the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals are getting into must-win territory this week towards the New York Jets. After inexplicably falling to 0-2, Zac Taylor’s workforce wants to start out their ascension again to the highest of the convention this week.
Serving to us preview the upcoming matchup is one other nice visitor from the BLEAV podcast community in Andrew Golden. He is without doubt one of the hosts of “BLEAV in Jets” together with former New York working again, LaMont Jordan and gave us nice perception on issues as we hit Week 3.
One of many sides that Golden spoke on with us is the Jets’ defensive scheme and what they might dial up towards Cincinnati. As we all know by now, two-safety appears and variations of the “Tampa 2” have offered main roadblocks for the Bengals this season.
Nonetheless, in keeping with Golden, the Jets could deviate from that plan of success this week.
“Nicely, they’re (the Bengals) going to see a whole lot of ‘Tampa 2’, I can say that for positive,” Golden stated. “The Jets are a single-high workforce, at the beginning. Robert Saleh is a Pete Carroll disciple, so at his core, he’s ‘Cowl 3’. You understand, press on the skin, let your corners bail and play seven drop again and rush 4 to get pressue.”
It might appear that Cincinnati’s offense is in a state of transition, of types, as they modify to what groups have proven them on protection since final postseason. The Bengals have appeared to have been looking for methods to negate the two-deep security appears. Nonetheless, it could appear that they might wish to return to a giant a part of their 2021 method for fulfillment.
“They (the Jets’ protection) some blitzing and man protection on third down, they actually like once they get into third-and-longs and that is while you’ll see stress come out,” Golden stated. “Robert Saleh would not name the performs—the defensive coordinator, Jeff Ulbrich, who was the Falcons’ linebacker coach just a few years in the past—he was underneath Dan Quinn in Atlanta, so it is all off of the identical Seattle tree. It is not going to be a whole lot of ‘Tampa 2’.”
Going again to Carroll’s “Legion of Growth”, it is a whole lot of head-to-head battles between gamers and particular person matchups deciding video games. Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Earl Thomas and others excelled in particular matchups, in addition to using a mix of vary and physicality to dominate their opponent. Saleh’s present New York roster and ideas seem to try to emulate these concepts.
Apparently, Golden famous that the dearth of enjoying “Tampa 2” could not matter that a lot. However, in his reasoning of him, there’s a little bit of a dichotomy throughout the logic.
“The Jets’ secondary, outdoors of their security, has been enjoying very nicely,” Golden continued. “Lamarcus Joyner has been most likely one of many worst safeties in soccer, whereas Jordan Whitehead has been middle-of-the-pack and their cornerback group has been fairly dang good. DJ Reed has been glorious as a free agent from the Seahawks…and ‘Sauce’ Gardner has been every part you’d ask him to be and has been as marketed.”
When John Sheeran requested this query of Golden, it centered round an area kid-turned-pro, in Gardner. Golden famous that Gardner performs boundary nook on early downs after which in later downs during which passes could also be apparent, he has been seen masking the likes of Mark Andrews.
Spectacular by the rookie, however there’s something to notice about Golden’s earlier level. The Jets’ safeties aren’t enjoying nicely and the truth that Cincinnati most likely will not see a whole lot of two-deep security shells this Sunday.
This supplies a possible avenue for the Bengals to get again to some deep ball passing, contested catch alternatives and different sides of the 2021 offense that made them so profitable.
We’ll see if they’re as much as the duty and which method wins out this Sunday.
Additionally on faucet this with Golden week:
- Is Joe Flacco greater than a placeholder for Zach Wilson?
- How a lot perception has Robert Saleh instilled within the workforce and the fan base?
- Simply how potent is that this under-the-radar pass-catching group?
- How have former Bengals Carl Lawson and CJ Uzomah seemed?
- And extra (together with your questions)!
Our because of Andrew Golden of BLEAV Community. You may catch BLEAV in Jets right here, in any other case catch our interview on all out there platforms now!
Should you’re unable to hitch us stay right here at Cincy Jungle or YouTube for each episode, all of our podcast content material is on the market right here on CJ, the Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Google PlayMusic apps, our Orange and Black Insider YouTube channelin addition to by way of mega cellphone and, as all the time, on iTunes! Thanks for listening and go subscribe to our channels to be notified after we’re going stay and when new episodes can be found!