The Cincinnati Bengals have phased out one of the two long-term staples of their defense, and now it may be time for the other to no longer be in the team’s game plan.
With Geno Atkins experiencing his own problems, veteran Carlos Dunlap is now showing his displeasure with the coaching staff. Dunlap has already spoken out on the team’s trade rumors and slammed them with negative comments on his role.
The franchise is still transitioning to one coached by Zac Taylor, and that has obviously brought some issues that the veterans aren’t fond of. It’s not the winning or losing that is getting to them, but the lack of respect within the team’s snap count and their usage.
Dunlap, in the two games which he saw the most snaps, watched the team go 1-0-1. When he’s played 70 percent or less, they’ve 0-4. That’s worth noting as he’s clearly upset with how the organization is being run.
“Bengals Depth Chart Update:“Stand Down And Stand By” is what this tells me. Zac/ Lou they got an experiment, but I don’t got time for this,” Dunlap wrote.
Dunlap has yet again added fuel to the fire with the trade deadline under two weeks away. The Bengals prices have never been low, and for two veterans that have proven to be among the best at their position, it doesn’t feel likely a deal will get done.
The Bengals need this not to further get out of hand, but with Carl Lawson and Sam Hubbard looking at more snaps, Atkins and Dunlap may continue to be frustrated and the social media attention that’s come from it will likely have long-lasting side effects for Cincinnati.