What happened to Peppers?

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  1. tbear1

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    He certainly wasn't as big a factor as I would have expected. What's your assessment, conditioning, Cinc Oline or?
     
  2. Moth

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    By my assessment, its been one game and there are still lots of weeks to go.

    Not to mention, with the number of times I saw Eifert and Gresham out there, im guessing they double teamed him a few times
     
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    You are probably right. He did not make one play that helped us through the whole game.
     
  4. DaTreeBears

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    D-line needs a little work where was Melton too?
     
  5. Henry Burris

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    I'm sure they'll be fine at some point (Trestman's GOT to be having a few words with Tucker), but Paea made up for the rest of their play, with his 2nd half performance.
     
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    Their O line might just be really good.
     
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    ^True look what our O-line did to theirs.
     
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    Playing against a top D, this O did really well.
     
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    The DL had a hard time getting to Dalton b/c Dalton didn't hold onto the ball very long, they did to our D what our O did to theirs. A lot of quick reads so that the rush couldn't effect them.
     
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    We didn't get any pressure on Dalton all game long which is not good for a defense that depends heavily on pressuring the QB.
     
  11. BearJim

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    I agree Henry. I said to my daughter while watching the game we should leave him in in nickel situations because he was the only DL getting off the ball & making plays in the backfield.
     
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    Paea did have a pretty good day. The Cincy OL was pretty good at protecting Dalton. They also had a pretty good run game. We will have to get the other defensive lineman contibuting more if we want to be a serious contender this year.
     
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    They have to get better, no doubt. Pep & Melton especially. I think they will. I think the entire will as long as we can stay healthy.
     
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    he'll be fine but I think he is already on the decline
     
  15. shark86x

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    This ^^^^.

    Cinci has good lines on both sides of the ball. Add in double-teaming Peppers and chipping him with the TEs, and Peppers didn't have much of a chance. I too think he's getting older and starting to slow down. But I expect he'll be fine this year. When teams have to start paying attention to Melton (where was he yesterday?) Paea and Wootton, things wll open up a little for Peppers.
     
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    Teams are adapting to the great DL's by firing the ball out quicker. You saw us try to do that yesterday too. It negates a solid DL. I'm hoping that Cutler has truly "cured" of holding onto the ball too long. Smart teams (and smart QB's) just don't do this anymore. It's just "the way it is" now in the NFL.
     
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    Not sure if it was our d-line which was weak or the Bengals O-line that was strong. Either way I'd have liked to see more pressure on Dalton. I think we had a hard time against the run game, going to be interesting to see how we handle All day..
     
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    I brought this up during the live game chat yesterday. He really did nothing. Actually I spent most the time complaining how the D wasn't living up to their reputation last year. After thinking about it last night, this is what I came up with:

    I think pre-season causes this. We seldom see our starters playing. This of course is to show off the new talent and keep the veterans safe from injury. However it doesn't do them justice as they are super rusty.

    There are two sides to this with a lot of in between. Peppers was on one side doing nothing, but then on the other extreme was Tillman, the MVP of the game (IMO). The rest of the guys fell some where in between these two.
     
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    Peppers seems to be have more games where he's disappeared than not. Concerning. They have to get pressure up front.
     
  20. DavidL

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    Peppers is past his prime. He has become very expensive relative to his production. They restructured his contract. Unless he plays a heck of a lot better ,they will do it again to pay for Cutler's next contract.
     

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