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Bengals Weekly Lineman: Examining the drop-off from Cordy Glenn at left tackle

Jake Fisher or Cedric Ogbuehi? You decide who was the better player against the Browns.

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When the Bengals went out and acquired Bills’ left tackle Cordy Glenn, it was rightfully recognized as a big deal. It’s an ultra-rare event when the Bengals use the free agency period to add legitimate talent to their roster, regardless of which avenue the team executed to make it happen.

Adding Glenn was great. The problem was that they failed to prepare in case he couldn’t play, which was exactly the case for this past Sunday.

Due to a back injury, Glenn missed his first game of the season and Jake Fisher got the nod in his stead. In three-and-a-half years, Fisher had just 11 starts under his belt prior to this week primarily due to his own health issues, but he survived final cuts this year and has been Glenn’s backup at left tackle since Week 1.

This was going to be a game to properly evaluate where Fisher is at this point in his tumultuous career, but of course, Fisher also hurt his back in this game and was declared out.

Enter the one and only Cedric Ogbuehi.

It figures that after 10 weeks of the Bengals not playing either of their two busts from the 2015 NFL Draft, both of them happen to play significant snaps in this embarrassment of a game. Ogbuehi ended up playing 34 more snaps than Fisher despite replacing him just before the second half, which gives us a lot more tape to judge him on.

But to spice things up, because I’ve gone over these two plenty of times in the past two years, I want to hear who you folks think had the better game.

I cut up (nearly) everyone of Fisher and Ogbuehi’s snaps from this game and separated them by pass protection and run blocking. First off, we have:

Fisher’s pass protection

Notes:

  • Fisher has always been one to look for work and time on the bench has certainly not made him less aggressive in pass protection.
  • Browns DE Myles Garrett got Fisher early with a bull rush but he transitioned to just outside moves, which Fisher was adequate at countering but always just a tad bit late.

Fisher’s run blocking

Notes:

  • Obviously not a lot of tape here, but you can still see that explosion Fisher has out of his stance on that reach block (fourth play). Missing that linebacker on the second play hurts to see considering how second level blocking was always a moderate strength for him.

Ogbuehi’s pass protection

Notes:

  • New year, basically the same player. Ogbuehi’s technique hasn’t changed much and he’s still vulnerable to power. When he timed his punches, he was inconsistent at hitting his landmarks that sometimes gave away the edge, but there were just as many instances where his timing paid off.
  • Garrett’s win rate against Ogbuehi was decently high but considering the circumstances, it could’ve been a lot worse. Both Fisher and Ogbuehi had some issues with his bend around the edge but both Dalton and Jeff Driskel got the ball out quickly so consistently that he just couldn’t finish outside of his one sack. However, these are just the passing plays...

Ogbuehi’s run blocking

Notes:

  • Some of these running plays are just avoided sacks, which only happened when Ogbuehi was on the field. Power was once again Ogbuehi’s downfall
  • His actual run blocking was, by surprise, not awful. Most plays were not run behind him, but he got decent push throughout. His finish (0:47) was pretty damn impressive by his standards.

So, based off the tape:

Poll

Which backup played the best?

This poll is closed

  • 81%
    Jake Fisher
    (504 votes)
  • 18%
    Cedric Ogbuehi
    (115 votes)
619 votes total Vote Now