CINCINNATI — A major purpose for the winless Cincinnati Bengals is evident sufficient after their 0-2 begin to the season.
After quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked 13 occasions general within the first two video games, middle Ted Karras stated the workforce must make the cornerstone of their franchise really feel extra comfy within the pocket.
“That is our greatest purpose right here shifting ahead: to assist our man belief us, earn his belief,” Karras stated Monday. “I really feel prefer it’s one thing we’ve not achieved but.”
Burrow was sacked six occasions in a 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday; he was sacked seven occasions in a season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In keeping with ESPN Stats & Info analysis, the 13 complete sacks to start out the season are tied for essentially the most throughout that interval prior to now 20 years.
Towards Dallas, Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan stated the Cowboys supplied numerous stunts and spins during which a second pass-rusher was the one who ended up getting a sack or stress.
“He appeared comfy shifting round,” Callahan stated of Burrow. “He is seeing it okay. When you find yourself in these locations the place you make one man fail and right here comes one other man, that will get just a little powerful.”
Karras, whom the workforce signed as its new middle this offseason after he spent final season with the New England Patriots, stated blocking effectively and giving Burrow clear spots is one of the simplest ways to make him really feel comfy. However Karras echoed Callahan’s level, saying that any time there’s stress on the finish of a play, he can throw a quarterback off stability.
“We would like him to really feel like these hits aren’t going to return,” Karras stated.
Cincinnati’s sack difficulty comes on the heels of a Tremendous Bowl run during which defending Burrow was a significant difficulty. The Bengals allowed 19 sacks in 4 playoff video games in 2021. The Los Angeles Rams, who beat Cincinnati within the Tremendous Bowl, allowed simply seven sacks.
Cincinnati has 4 new starters on the offensive line, with left deal with Jonah Williams the one holdover from final season. Bengals proper deal with La’el Collins, who was beforehand with the Cowboys earlier than signing with Cincinnati this offseason, stated it is as much as the offensive linemen to search out chemistry with one another.
“That is the primary time we have performed collectively, these first two weeks,” Collins stated. “I feel we’ll be advantageous. We’ll be on the identical web page and simply begin doing what we do, and that is going on the market and setting the tone. Lock it down and personal it.”
Not all of Cincinnati’s sack issues fall squarely on the gamers on the line of scrimmage. Burrow took the blame for a number of of them in Week 1 in opposition to the Steelers.
Callahan attributed the current fights to varied components, starting from poor communication to good opponents. However that does not mitigate the Bengals’ state of affairs after two video games.
“For us to get to the place we wish to be, in the end, it needs to be quite a bit higher than it has been general,” Callahan stated.