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    The Good and Bad

    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton didnít have a good time at Mondayís practice.
    Dalton, standing behind an offensive line trying to become a cohesive unit after offseason losses, saw a pair of his passes get intercepted and go back for touchdowns the other way.
    In fact, according to ESPN.comís Katherine Terrell, Dalton got sacked nearly five times over the span of 10 plays while his defense worked on blitz packages.
    The kicker, per Terrell: ďThe torture continued for much of practice. All of the quarterbacks were forced to get the ball out quickly or have a defender in their faces. At one point, Dalton threw his hand up to protect his face, with defenders all over.Ē
    This isnít all on Dalton and the quarterbacks, of course. The offensive line lost Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler during an offseason in which Cincinnati changed its approach to edge defenders and brought on freakishly fast rookies like Carl Lawson and Jordan Willis.
    Willis tallied two sacks at one point on Monday. Vontaze Burfict and Dre Kirkpatrick were the guys taking picks back for scores. Various defensive backs applied pressure on blitzes and Geno Atkins looked like his usual self, shutting down runs and collapsing the pocket.
    At face value, these are expected practice struggles given the circumstances, though it would be hard to tell fans not to think about Daltonís ugly interception in the preseason against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
    These growing pains, though, should ease as August continues. At best, the struggles for the offense signify a return to the defensive-minded ways of the franchise after slightly adjusting personnel decisions. At worst, the expected slight regression of the offensive line could be worse than anticipated.
    Either way, mark a tally in the win column for the defense after Monday.
    It is great seeing the defense getting to Andy. It shows our defense is looking good. But again it shows our OLine looking bad. I hope our defense keeps up the pressure so our OLine has to learn to defend it. Making our linemen better. A great defense on a team practicing against an offense will make the offense better. So when the offense goes against lesser defenses, it plays much better with more confidence.

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    It is great seeing the defense getting to Andy. It shows our defense is looking good. But again it shows our OLine looking bad. I hope our defense keeps up the pressure so our OLine has to learn to defend it. Making our linemen better. A great defense on a team practicing against an offense will make the offense better. So when the offense goes against lesser defenses, it plays much better with more confidence.
    The hardest part for any young OL is picking up blitzes. So Zampese *should* already be planning that this OL will be attacked aggressively so the screens, etc need to be in the early part of the game not the latter part.
    Marvin Lewis - the Clapping Clown.

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    We all know the O-line is the biggest question mark on this team. It's all about growth and improvement...and health.

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