There were many disturbing aspects to Sunday's loss at New England, but if you ask me, the fact that Cincinnati gave Tom Brady all day to throw was perhaps one of the most bothersome ones.
Brady literally had enough time to sit back there, eat a bowl of clam "chowdah," and run a comb through his infamous mane.
If you give ANY quarterback that much time to throw, let alone Tom Brady, you are asking for trouble.
The Bengals need to get this figured out, as the schedule features the usual two appearances a year vs. Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger, as well as showdowns versus Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Mark Sanchez.
So, there isn't much relief coming.
Who is to blame? Well, part of the problem is that against a team like New England, blitzing schemes are a bit hard to pull off, as Brady has a quick release.
Really, it was up to the front four, and guys like Antwan Odom and Bob Geathers didn't pressure the quarterback much.
Geno Atkins and Frostee Rucker were the only ones who laid a hand on Brady.
Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer, who is known as a bright, young coaching star in this league, didn't come up with a good enough plan to win this past Sunday's game.
If they don't find a way to get to Flacco, who isn't as good as Brady, but still dangerous, they may be starting into the abyss of an 0-2 record heading into week 3