CINCINNATI – One of the main goals for the Cincinnati Bengals that didn’t win is very clear after their 0-2 start to the season.
After quarterback Joe Borough Total sacked 13 times in the first two matches, position Ted Krass He said the team should make the franchise’s cornerstone more pocket-friendly.
“That’s the biggest goal here going forward – helping our guy trust us and earn his trust,” Krass said Monday. “I feel like it’s something we haven’t done yet.”
The Burrows were sacked six times in a 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. He was sacked seven times in a season opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, a total of 13 season start sacks have tied the most during that period in the past 20 years.
Against Dallas, Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said the Cowboys made so many stunts and twists that second passes were the one who ended up getting a sack or press.
“He seemed comfortable in the movement,” Callahan said of Borough. “He sees it well. When you end up in those places where you miss one guy and here comes the second, it gets a little difficult.”
Karas, who was signed by the team to be his new center this off-season after spending last season with the New England Patriots, said holding him back well and giving the Boroughs clean pockets is the best way to make him feel comfortable. But Karas echoed Callahan’s view and said that whenever there was pressure late in play, the midfielder could shake up.
“We want him to feel that those strikes are not coming,” Krass said.
The Cincinnati sack case comes on the heels of the Super Bowl where Burrow’s protection was a major issue. The Bengals surrendered 19 sacks in four playoffs in 2021. The Los Angeles Rams, who beat Cincinnati in the Super Bowl, allowed only seven sacks.
Cincinnati has four new rookies in the offensive line, with left tackle Jonah Williams The only possession from last season. Right to treat Bengals Lyle Collinswho was previously with the Cowboys before signing with Cincinnati this off season, said it was up to the offensive linemen to find chemistry with each other.
“This is the first time we’ve played together, in the first two weeks,” Collins said. “I think we’ll be fine. We’ll get to the same page and just start doing what we’re doing, and that goes out and sets the tone. Keep it and own it.”
Not all of Case Cincinnati’s problems fall squarely on the players on the line of scrimmage. Burrow took the blame for several of them in the first week against the Steelers.
Callahan attributed recent conflicts to several factors, ranging from poor communication to good adversaries. But that doesn’t ease the situation for the Bengals after two games.
“For us to get where we want to be, it has to be a lot better than it was all over,” Callahan said.
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