Do you think Mike Zimmer is going to admit that he's worried about Dre Kirkpatrick's performance in Dallas?
Did you watch the film?
If you explore these two issues, you will be concerned about what transpired in Dallas. I finished watching the game last night and was shocked to see how badly Kirkpatrick performed on Defense. It wasn't just that he couldn't cover Dez Bryant, either (although that was made very clear). He had two drive sustaining Pass Interference calls against him. He failed to get his body in position at the right times during plays. He wasn't able to maintain basic man-to-man coverage against Cowboy 2nd, 3rd, and 4th string WRs who were catching passes from their 4th team QB. He failed to break down and make initial contact with DeMarco Murray leading to a horrific sequence in which 4-5 Bengals pinballed Murray into the endzone for their last TD. For the coupe de grace Kirkpatrick ran head on into Shaun Prater when both were rushing and diving to block the late Dallas FG from opposite ends, a basic thing that game announcer Moose Johnston immediately pointed out that "you just don't do."
I did see Kirkpatrick hustling on STs. Maybe it would have been better if he hadn't so that I could have concluded that he wasn't giving full effort. Teammates reportedly came out of the woodwork to tell him that they had bad games when they were in the first year or two. But I'm wondering whether Leon Hall or Pacman Jones ever really had pre-season problems covering teams' players who were scheduled to be flipping burgers in a week or two?
Now Kirkpatrick has another concussion, and we'll have to start worrying about the issue of multiple concussions with him as well.
What I recall from his Pro Days and the scouting reports on him leading up to the 2012 draft were that some had concerns with his ability to play man in the NFL where he wouldn't have the same support of a suffocating pass rush as he did at 'Bama. Some also noted concern with his 4.55-4.60 40 speed. We may be seeing that these concerns were real. Let's hope not. Let's hope that this is all about Kirkpatrick learning the NFL game from a current top WR (Bryant) and then losing some confidence and focus that led to subsequent problems with scrubs.