First it was starting quarterback Andy Dalton who lit into center Russell Bodine after a botched snap. Bodine is clearly gaining a reputation for being as unpredictable as the weather during a steamy August afternoon in Cincinnati, and continues struggling with routine snaps in practice.
It was such an outward display (we call it being humiliated in front of your peers in the real world), offensive coordinator Hue Jackson proudly boasted about his quarterback. "It's his offense and he's taking control," Jackson said earlier this week. "I don't think he's playing around with it. He knows that [the snap issue] exists, and he's not going to let it exist."
During Cincinnati's training camp finale on Thursday, Bodine's inconsistent snapping issues returned. Following an errant snap, the coaching staff replaced Bodine, for three plays, with backup center T.J. Johnson. It's a clear signal that the coaching staff isn't resting on similar laurels as the media -- deflecting the issue as a recurrence from last year when his snaps during the regular season were solid -- and neither is Bodine.
"Last year I had to tell you that it wouldn't be a problem and I'll tell you the same thing again," Bodine said after practice via Bengals.com. "We're trying to work on different techniques. Obviously it's not acceptable Even though we're working on different techniques. It messes up the whole play."
The Cincinnati Enquirer adds that Bodine is "working on different hand techniques to get into the block", but it's been a work in progress. Either way, Bodine has short-term memory and intends to work through this.
"I'm not going to cling on to it," said Bodine via the Enquirer. "I know what I'm out there trying to work on and you just go out there and try and get that technique mastered and once you get it done it'll be what it is."