The Bengals have long been famous , if you will) for having a very small scouting department.

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The Bengals have long been famous , if you will) for having a very small scouting department.

Postby linchao » Dec 24th, '18, 10:07

The team actually diversified their department when they added Christian Sarkisian this offseason to increase the total to eight scouts. It’s usually not newsworthy when a team adds a scout to their staff, but the Bengals love to get by with less. They have talked in the past about some of the advantages of having a smaller scouting department. There (or infamous Cheap Dre Kirkpatrick Jersey are less people arguing over players, and there aren’t any major power struggles. Everyone knows where the power resides in the room: director of player personnel Duke Tobin, head coach Marvin Lewis and team owner Mike Brown will have the final say on roster construction.The other advantage is their ability to dip into other areas that teams would usually split up. One such instance is keeping an eye on NFL players who are available to be added via free agency and the waiver wire. “We use our guys in multiple areas,” Tobin told Geoff Hobson of, “so you maintain the perspective of what’s playing in the NFL and what’s available in college. From a technology standpoint, we’ve built an in-house system that serves to directly fit the needs of our organization.”It is a simple enough concept. By making sure scouts know what is already available to the team at a moment’s notice, it will help them in scouting by knowing where the bar is at for rookies coming in.It also creates a picture, for those outside of the organization, that illustrates how the team decides which free agents to bring in during the season when injuries occur. Tobin and his staff use what they refer to as a “ready list.” The list is made via a custom program that allows scouts to update it on the road in case Cincinnati suddenly needs to add a player to the practice squad or active roster. It includes what seems to be described as a player profile for each available player. It includes college stats, combine stats and a blurb about the player. The list and newest version of technology being added by Tobin and his department is to ensure the efficiency of making moves during the season. “The idea is you’re not scrambling for a day or two if something happens on a Sunday,” Bengals pro scouting director Steven Radicevic said. “You may have to watch an hour or two of film, but everyone knows quickly the guys we’re looking at.”Tobin put the original technology in place when he took over as director of player personnel in 2011. The ultimate goal was very easy, to save time for scouts to do what they do best.“Efficiency,” Tobin said. “The technology does the organizing, and that allows us more time for evaluation.”It is hard to really ignore the results as the Bengals routinely have built their team mostly through the draft, and they have remained as a team competing for the playoffs during a vast majority of the Andy Dalton and A.J. Green era.The Bengals just seem to do more with less.4 best player matchups to watch in the Bengals vs. Colts Week 1 game For whatever it’s worth, the Bengals are coming off an impressive 3-1 preseason. Two of those wins involved the starters looking sharp Bengals Ryan Glasgow Jersey , and sparked optimism for the passing game and the pass rush going forward. But the game-planning for the Bengals and their opposition begins now, and we’re really going to see how strong or weak this Bengals team is when they face the Colts on Sunday in Indianapolis.Luckily, they start the season facing a Colts team with a lot of unknowns. Their quarterback hasn’t played real football in over a year. Their offensive line is just as shaky as the Bengals. Their receiving corps is reliant on one really good game breaker, and their defense is extremely inexperienced. The Bengals have a chance to make a statement on Sunday by bringing home a win in a venue at which they haven’t won since 1997. These are the matchups that we think will be crucial in securing a victory.QB Andy Dalton vs FS Malik HookerThe Bengals franchise quarterback was not a popular fantasy draft pick this year. But if you are in the daily fantasy market, some think he has the most attractive matchup out of all passers for Week 1. Dalton and the Bengals offense have historically had success against weak defenses, even if they are common opponents who they’ve recently played. The Colts’ defense can be classified as weak, but they do have a baller in the back of their secondary.A former Ohio State Buckeye, Hooker played a quality seven games in his first season as the Colts free safety. He tore his ACL the week before the Colts played the Bengals in Week 8 of the 2017 season, and missed the rest of the year because of it.Hooker is back and ready to come out strong for his sophomore run. Dalton will have to always be aware of where he’s patrolling down the field before he lobs up some deep balls to wide receivers like A.J. Green and John Ross.WR T.Y. Hilton vs CB William JacksonHilton is not like many No. 1 receivers, the Colts use him from the flanker spot and the slot a considerable amount as opposed to keeping him on the line of scrimmage at split end. His lack of size makes him suspect to facing press coverage, and with a free release, he’s dangerous to stack any cornerback in the league on a vertical route. He did just that against Jackson last year when they faced off the one time.Jackson’s biggest weaknesses from last year involve being too passive at the line of scrimmage in catch coverage and biting on double moves. He’s shown to be far more comfortable playing off coverage and locking onto routes rather than play straight-up bump and run coverage. But the more space you give Hilton, the more likely he can make a fool out you, like he did against Jackson last year.Based on what we saw from the preseason, it appears as Jackson won’t be following the opposing team’s best receiver. The Colts would be smart to keep Hilton away from Jackson and have him work over the middle on deep digs and posts, but odds are Hilton will be matched up against Cincinnati’s No. 1 cornerback more than just one time like last season. The battle should be intriguing to say the least.TE Jack Doyle vs CB Darqueze DennardSticking with the Bengals secondary, me saying the Bengals are consistently burned by tight ends is not a hot take. Look no further than what Doyle did to the Bengals defense last year: 12 receptions, 121 yards and a touchdown , with the vast majority of those yards coming through the air as opposed to after the catch.The Colts new head coach, Frank Reich, was the offensive coordinator of the Eagles offense that took the league by storm last year, and also elevated tight end Zack Ertz’s game in his scheme. Doyle is not the athlete that Ertz is in the receiving game, but as the Bengals defense has shown, that doesn’t matter that much. Reich’s scheme with the Colts has continued to use Doyle in the slot a good amount. And while he’ll certainly be lined up against the Bengals linebackers most of the time, he’ll also most likely see Dennard across from him on passing downs. The Colts don’t have many options at receiver outside of Hilton, so Doyle and fellow tight end Eric Ebron could be heavily featured against a defense that has known struggles defending the position. Dennard is beginning his contract year, and has one of his toughest tests out of the gate.LG Quenton Nelson vs DT Geno AtkinsI’ve been excited about this matchup since the draft when the Colts took Nelson sixth overall.There’s not much to explain here. One of the very best pass-rushers in the league, period, will be face-to-face with one of the best guard prospects to come out of college in recent memory. Oh, and he is also starting his first regular season game. Atkins’ bread and butter is his power, via his bull rush. Nelson made fools of college defensive tackles when they tried to bull rush him, he has a knack for giving up no ground and locking onto rushers with his vice grips for hands. But Nelson isn’t going up against college kids anymore, he’ll struggle against the power and natural leverage that the 30-year-old Atkins possesses. Nelson has enough technique and strength of his own at just 22 to avoid it becoming a one-sided battle, but it’ll be an absolute war nonetheless.What are the matchups you are most excited to watch?
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