I think it's accurate to say that NFL press conferences in Cincinnati are pretty useless to the average fan. After a 42-point loss Sunday, we demand answers with the "what are you going to do about it" attitude. At the same time, we knew we wouldn't get any answers or words of encouragement for the remaining seven games.
I think Tory James being sat for Johnathan Joseph was cryptically emphasized Monday.
ML: Well, subtle playing time changes.
Q: Will it be on third downs?
ML: It could be any down.
Q: Will it be in the starting lineup?
ML: We’ll see on Sunday.
The veterans are taking the blame though.
"On one play on the defensive line, they were in an over formation and we lined up wrong," (Justin) Smith said. "That’s what they told us. We knew what to do. We just got lined up wrong."
- Justin Smith
"Discipline, plain and simple," said Adams, when referring to preparation. "We have to carry ourselves better than how we carry ourselves on the field. What you get done off the field goes back to on the field."
- Sam Adams
"We’ve underachieved. We’ve played well in spurts, but both sides haven’t done it together. That’s why we’re 4-5."
- John Thornton
The defensive break-down this season:
|Opponent||Yards Allowed||Rushing||Passing||Points Allowed||3rd Downs|
|per game (NFL rank)||353.4 (28th)||126.8 (23rd)||226.7 (28th)||24.1 (25th)||40.7% (23rd)|